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Separating holding females

Postby Itsroger » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:54 am

Planning to let on peacock females brood/hatch young in small brood basket on side of the tank, how long should I wait after I noticed her holding? I'm watching them pretty close, just don't know if it will be good to put her in the small space for 3 weeks.
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Re: Separating holding females

Postby DJRansome » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:39 am

Since you have to have a tank to raise the fry in any case, why not buy it now, establish the new tank filter on the established tank for 2 weeks and then move filter and mom to the fry tank.

I wait 18 days to put the mom in the maternity tank...or strip. You would need to know the day she stopped eating and then notice the bulge on that day to be precise.

I will use a breeder net in the main tank overnight, but not for days or weeks.

Not good to raise the fry in a breeder box on the main tank either...peacocks can spit 60 fry and no way can you keep 60 or even 20 juveniles in a breeder box until they are selling size.

Finally, adults in the main tank can and do bite right through the netting to crush/kill/eat the fry. There are a lot of posts from members asking where the fry went overnight when they vanish from the breeder net.
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Re: Separating holding females

Postby Itsroger » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:41 pm

I have a fry tank, but not a maternity tank. Was planning on putting the female in the net/breeding box in the fry tank, I know she won't eat the other fry until she spits her own. I think she'll be very hungry when she does, figured I'd let her spot them in the net, dump the fry and return her to the main tank.
Was worrying about leaving her in the confines of the net for too long. Guess I'll have to rethink it.
Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it.
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Re: Separating holding females

Postby DJRansome » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:39 pm

What other fry? Your old fry will eat your new fry.
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Re: Separating holding females

Postby Itsroger » Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:23 am

I see, I'll have to come up with a new plan, I was thinking I'd be able to have two or three batches of fry in the same ten gallon tank, now realize what you're saying, tinybabies =tasty snack for larger babies.
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Re: Separating holding females

Postby DJRansome » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:54 am

Once the new fry have grown for a month you can mix different ages, but not the newbies.
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Re: Separating holding females

Postby Itsroger » Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:24 am

I think I have it fixed, acquired 2 @ 10 gl. Tanks, they will be matenity tanks until hatching, then by removing the mothers, try tanks.
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Re: Separating holding females

Postby DJRansome » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:24 am

If you will raise the fry to 2" which is a good selling size or the size they can go in your adult tank, and knowing that peacocks can have 60 or more fry....you will run out of room in the 10G pretty quickly. Do you have a larger tank for when they hit 1/2 inch?
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Re: Separating holding females

Postby Itsroger » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:39 am

I have a 55 gallon that I just resealed, waiting the recomended 7 days before adding water.
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