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When and what to feed a few fry

So, my fathead minnow eggs hatched this time last week. They seem happy and healthy after a week of just infusoria (already in the tank). They are darting around the tank and have yet to feed on the copepods, so they still have a bit of growing to do.

When should I start feeding them? I bought a little brine-shrimp kit but the packages make way too many (only about 4 fry survived, for some reason). So if I culture the brine shrimp, could I just feed the rest to my betta, and other fish (minnows, danios)? Or will they be too tiny for them?

Alternatively, I made some of my home-made fish food (very finely ground) from spinach, carrots, peas, egg (with shell on), and gelatin. Would this be cool for such little fellas?
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Ive used first bites from any local pet store with success. I usually just mix with water and use an eye dropper to spot feed where ever the fry are.

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I'll toss in a Hikari algae wafer or two into the tank every day for fry or baby shrimp. It breaks down into very fine particulates that get circulated throughout the water column as the larger fish/shrimp/snails munch away at it.
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The other fish you list would love them. I breed angels and at points I have too may BBS in a batch. I just spread them around to the tanks with bigger fish, and my planted community tanks. You can even be a little prudent about it and hatch half of whatever size pouch they came in a put the other half in the fridge.

I've never reared those fellas, but I'd bet they aren't too different in this respect: in a dimly-lit room they'll be drawn to a light source......and so will most live foods. So that if you can position a small light source (small flashlight, led reading lamp, etc) near the tank later in the evening you can feed the little guys pretty efficiently with an eyedropper or turkey baster filled with BBS. I'll use this from time to time if I have a really small batch of babies in a 20G.
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Flake food ground into powder.

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You could try Golden Pearls from Kensfish. There are several sizes available.
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