View Full Version : can i put week old platy fry in 5 gallon
02-02-2008, 06:02 PM
hi,i have 12 ,1 week old platy fry, can i put them in my five gallon,but
the thing is it's has an power filter i think,with an filter that mounts on the frame and the hood goes on top,but the intake filter is in the tank ,to filter out debris,and such ,and i already have cartilage filters for the filter,but i'am
afraid they are going to get sucked in! what should i do,they are healthy too.
plus my adult female mickey mouse platy maybe preganat.right now the 12 fry,are in a breeder net in the main tank.
also how many weeks does platy fry colors come in?
Not sure about the colors, but I share the concern as do you about the fry getting sucked into the filter. Better off with a sponge filter to avoid a disaster.
02-02-2008, 06:23 PM
You can also put a sponge over the filter intake. We use the blocks from an Aquaclear 20, cut a few slices into one of the long ends and push that over the intake. It spreads out the suction so that the fry don't get sucked in.
Great idea there, Sasquatch!
02-02-2008, 06:29 PM
base colours come in as soon as their born. other colours come in about 1 month on. :thumb:
02-02-2008, 06:55 PM
try to put a piece of sponge over the filters intake. This will slow down the water flow a little bit.... Good luck with the fry....
02-02-2008, 06:58 PM
also i read using pantyhose work too.if you put a piece over the intake
it stops fry from being sucked in ,and it still picks up debris also
02-02-2008, 06:59 PM
pantyhose is okay. It will not slow down the water flow as much as the sponge would but still works.....
02-02-2008, 07:07 PM
does sasquatch mean the aqua clear 20 foam inserts.?
02-02-2008, 07:18 PM
Yes, I do.
02-03-2008, 02:28 AM
I use tulle, the stuff they make bridal veils out of and secure it with a rubber band. Sometimes places like Dollar Tree (where everything is $1) you can find a packet of tulle circles that are just right for small intake tubes. I also have a roll of tulle about 2 1/2 inces wide that I had bought, but never used for my brother's wedding flowers. You can find it at any place that sells craft supplies.
It might take two layers or more depending on the strength of your filter and the size and swimming strength of your fry. Another thing, is when you do your water changes. Take the tulle off and either rinse in the waste water or replace it, because it acts as kind of a prefilter that can affect the flow of your filter when it gets too gunked up.
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