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Cacatuoides Fry Instructions

Discussion in 'Husbandry / Breeding' started by Harrison, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. Harrison

    Harrison New Member

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    Hello! I have a pair of beautiful Cactuoides apistos that just hatched their second batch of fry. Last time their fry became free swimming, I had the two fish in a 29 gallon with dither pencil fish. I read on forums that the fry would be able to find food for themselves and that the mother exhibited strong parental care, so I did not feed or remove the fry from the tank. Now, I have a 10-gallon bare-bottom tank set up and cycled for the fry.

    This morning I discovered that the eggs all hatched and the mother moved the fry to a covered hole in a piece of driftwood - a great hiding spot! My question is - at what point should I move the fry (if at all) to my 10-g breeder?

    Should I feed the fry? If so, how long should I wait before feeding them? How often should they be fed? What type of food should I feed them? If anyone can provide me with a link to a fry food they have used successfully as well as directions for how to feed with it, I'd be very appreciative!

    Thank you for the help in advance!
  2. yukondog

    yukondog Active Member

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    So right now there still feeding on the yoke sack, if you dont have any brine shrimp eggs to hatch now would be a good time to get some, I normally start feeding live baby brine shrimp at about 3-4 days they might not be able to eat it yet but it's there for them every day until they can, everybody in the tank will eat them so dont worry about them not being eaten. I use a turkey baster to target feed, there are plenty of you tube videos on hatching brine shrimp, it's very simple, and plenty of videos on raising apisto fry, just remember clean water, stay on top of you water changes and after a couple of batches you'll get the hang of it.Good luck