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One of my females is holding and I just noticed last night. However I recall her hiding when it was feeding time for the past several days if not maybe a week.

It is recently that I have seen here come out of hiding (last night) when I give them food. She was chasing away anyone who got near her. Then it was obvious she was holding as I could finally see her mouth. She was out grabng a few flakes here and there. So the question is, how do I know for sure when to take her out of the tank to another tank.

Also my other question is, I have a 10 gallon community with some Tetras. That is my only other tank and I was planning on setting up a breeder net in this tank and strippng the female as I dont think the Tetras will both the net. (I may had some substrate to the net to block the bottom).

Can I put the female in the 10G community for a week or so after stripping or spitting her eggs out of her for her to recover?

The tank is just Neon tetras, Bleeding Heart Tetras and some Danios.
 

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She will likely kill the tetras and danios. Keeping her in a breeding net afterwards is okay, but it won't be the cleanest conditions for her weakened state.

They will usually hold from 21-28 days before releasing the fry.

I remove females anytime after a week of holding. If she's to the stage where she is chasing other fish away, I'm willing to bet she's been holding for a week...They usually don't start this until the fry are moving in their mouths, it must kick in those mothering instincts.

First time moms will sometimes swallow or spit the eggs/fry when you net them, and sometimes if left in the main tank, the temptation of food will be too great and they won't hold full term, so it's up to you what you do at this point.

Kim
 

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Ok, I caught her last night and moved her to a 3way breeder box which is in the same tank and she spit out 17 fry.
 

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Back at it again.

I have her back in the 3way breeder waiting for her to spit again. From what my wife says the fry still have yolk sacks. So it might be a few days before she spits.
 
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