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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-2016, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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fish fry/juveniles surviving in a community tank.

When i was looking at my tank the other night after i lost my big male apistogramma cacatuoides. I noticed in amongst the river pebbles in their. A small juvenile Apisto was swimming around the rock area, i knew my paired spawned, but didn't realise anything came of it, he/she would be no larger then maybe a 1/4 inch. He is in a 5ft tank with fish the size of neon tetras up to 3 adult angelfish as big as my hand.

Im curious what other fish people have had breed, and survive in their community aquariums.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-2016, 10:27 AM
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Mostly from livebearers such as guppies, platies. Since the frys are decently sized after hatching and don't require special fry food.
Also it depends on other tank inhabitants. My guppy frys are doing fine together with a bunch of cories and tetras. None of my platy frys make it in the tank with SAEs and yoyo loaches.

If you have floaters like pennywort, duckweed, etc. Chances of frys surviving are a lot higher.
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Funny, I just had my apistos spawn and realized I had some older stragglers from the last batch. Btw, the older fry will eat the smaller. Unfortunately I learned this from experience.
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I think, to some extent, this could be a good thing.
I always try to believe the parents only eat ones that have something wrong with them, and that in turn sustains them through the rigours of spawning.

Maybe it is a bit like some people say, alcohol makes you smarter as it kills the slow brain cells first.

I think the coolest fish I ever bred were tilapia mosambica. It is just awesome to see them swallow a half meter square school of fry, only to let them out when they think the danger is gone.

I do remember the older fry eating smaller fry, but never to the point of extinction.
I am not really in favour of raising fry with larger fish. Fry do best with lots of small meals a day, but they hardly get any food in a community setting.

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