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I Have Fry, When Do I Feed Them?

Discussion in 'West African Cichlids' started by LindaMC, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. LindaMC

    LindaMC New Member 5 Year Member

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    I came home tonight to both parents out with the fry, there's a ton of them in there but they are so very small. When do I start feeding them and what? I have Hikari First Bites and a tube of Wardley Small Fry Essentials.

    I also have frozen Brine Shrimp and Frozen Blood Worms but I don't think I should feed that to the fry. Right now they are on the bottom, picking at the subtrate.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated, this is my first experience with fry from egg laying fish.

    It's so exciting!
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    retro_gk Member 5 Year Member

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    Congratulations.

    What species of fish? If the fry are swimming around (and I think they are, based on the info provided) you should start feeding them immediately. Start them out on the Hikari first bites. Soak a pinch of the food in a cup of water for 15 minutes and then squirt the mixture out near the fry with a clean dropper or turkey baster. I suggest buying a baster specifically for feeding fry.

    Once the fry are 2 weeks old, start feeding them small amounts of frozen brine shrimp. I assume these are adult brine shrimp, not nauplii. The fry won't be able to eat them whole, but will pick them apart.
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    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Baby kribs are not picky about food. Any dry food that is pulverized and soaked will do, though they will grow fastest with a couple feedings of live baby brine each day. I have been told that Cyclops Ease is a good brine substitute for fry growth.
  4. LindaMC

    LindaMC New Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you, I will begin feeding them when I get home from work later this afternoon. Yes, these are baby Pelvicachromis pulchers and although I'm not quite sure just what I'm going to do with so many of them, it is very exciting.
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    Zack Wilson New Member 5 Year Member

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    Cyclop-eeze has been a great fry food for me with recent spawns. I've been using it more heavily lately ( I bought this huge jumbo coffee-can sized container of it so I figured I should) and I've really liked the results so far. Seems to do a good job on bringing out the krib's natural colors too.

    I remember the first time my first pair of kribs spawned for me....was downright magical watching them lead the fry around the tank....
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    Nick S. New Member 5 Year Member

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    Feeding Krib fry

    The first time mine bred I fed them Wardly's fry food in a squeeze tube, baby brine shrimp and they browsed on the algae a lot. They have now spawned 4 times and I have found that having them in a tank with a fair amount of algae really helps.