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November 28, 2004

i'm a daddy!

baby livebearers
I came home from a focused D&D session to find that someone had given birth in my aquarium to about 15-20 baby fish! After freaking out a little I realized the population was dropping before my eyes - the adults were munching away at the little ones, so I quickly improvised a safe brood chamber out of a media bag that would allow water to flow in and out but not the babies or marauding adults. By the time I was done there were maybe 10 babies recovered safely. Tomorrow I hope to get to a pet store somewhere and get a proper safety crib for the young ones, to hopefully see what they grow up to be. The parents could be the breeding pair of swordtails in my tank, or the recent batch of guppies I just put in there. I also got a very busy algae eater that has cleaned the tank far better than I ever could. I'm such a proud Daddy!

Posted by jimbo at November 28, 2004 11:41 PM

Comments

Congratulations!

Posted by: First mom at November 29, 2004 2:34 AM

What type of fish?

I have a brackish tank with some bumblee bee gobies, and once had some fry that i happened to notice just before going out for the night. Unfortunately, when i returned they seem to have been eaten by the adults.

You got a nice looking tank, too.

rob@egoz.org

Posted by: rob adams at November 29, 2004 8:29 AM

What type of fish?

I have a brackish tank with some bumblee bee gobies, and once had some fry that i happened to notice just before going out for the night. Unfortunately, when i returned they seem to have been eaten by the adults.

You got a nice looking tank, too.

rob@egoz.org

Posted by: rob adams at November 29, 2004 8:30 AM

A good guess is that they were the swordtails' kids, but they could be the guppy babies too. We'll have to wait and see, and hope the babies survive my protection.

Posted by: jimbo at November 29, 2004 10:01 AM

Geez, babies spurting out in your room! How come I miss all the fun?

Posted by: homer at November 29, 2004 10:51 AM

Bet it was the guppies - those things breed like... well, guppies

I used to have a saltwater tank with seahorses, which only eat live food. I kept a guppy tank going with 3 pair of adults to provide for the seahorses and seems like I never ran out for several years. (Don't read this out loud in front of the babies!)

Posted by: Andy at November 29, 2004 12:57 PM