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06-07-13, 09:27 AM
My trifac's have free swimming fry. There are about 15 from what ive seen. The parents are very protective when i go near the tank.
This is the first time ive had fry out of the breeding pot.
When do i start to feed the babies? Ive been feeding the parents flake, frozen brine shrimp and colour bits.
First up is a pic of mom with the fry. You can see em on the pot and a few in the gravel under the female
http://i564.photobucket.com/albums/ss86/rotn74/b.jpg (http://s564.photobucket.com/user/rotn74/media/b.jpg.html)
The dad showing off
http://i564.photobucket.com/albums/ss86/rotn74/a.jpg (http://s564.photobucket.com/user/rotn74/media/a.jpg.html)

06-07-13, 09:45 AM
The fry will accept food as soon as they are free swimming. They will grow best on small life foods such as freshly hatched brine shrimp or microworms as the movement triggers their natural feeding instincts. Fine crushed flake can be mixed in with the life food after the first couple of weeks and will make transition to dried foods easy. Dried foods right from the start don't work so well.
Brine shrimp will need to be rinsed in tank water before feeding, otherwise the salt in the brine shrimp water will start to raise conductivity which can cause problems (depending on how often you change water).
I find it easiest to take up the brine shrimp or microworms in a bit of tank water, suck them up with a small syringe and squirt it directly into the area where the fry are. That way they get a good feed out of it.

P.S.: you may want to change the substrate to sand in the longer term if you want better survival rates of the fry. When they are small and still weak they tend to fall into the small crack between the grains and don't always make it out again. Excess food also gets trapped in there easily which doesn't help with water quality especially in a fry tank where you feed more often.

06-07-13, 09:53 AM
Thx Regani. ill try that with the food.
The gravel i plan on changing, i didnt expect them to breed yet.
Im planning on setting up another tank for them with sand substrate.

06-07-13, 04:03 PM
Well done mate, hope all goes well with the fry.
That male is turning out very nice indeed :)

Do you have any microworms atm?

07-07-13, 12:34 PM
When he's fully colluded up, he's stunning.
I think I've lost the babies. Haven't seen them for 2 days. I'm hoping they r hiding in the moss.

07-07-13, 03:06 PM
Well, if they have bred once, they will breed again. Next time you'll be prepared. Have BBS going a couple of days before they hatch and things should go well.

20-07-13, 05:52 AM
They have bred again. I saw 1 fry coming out of the pot on Thursday.
Im going to take the fry away from the over the weekend so i can raise them this time.

20-07-13, 11:42 AM
Good luck, I'll keep my fingers crossed