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Hello,
I had 15 fry (1" size) in a 125 with my other tangs and over the last couple weeks I have found 3 dead. The water parameters are the same as always (0 am, 0 nitrites, <20 nitrates). I am concerned that I have them in a tank with Julies, Calvus and two small (2.5") frontosa, and they are getting hassled by the other fish. They were all doing fine for a while, but I noticed the frontosa eating one of them last night. So, I am thinking of putting them back in with the parents. The parents are super aggressive 5"+ WC. I think I will continue to lose them one by one as the fronts grow if I leave them where they are, but wondered if putting them in with the adults would be a death sentence too? Thanks,
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Hi Will, I had a group of Duboisi that used to eat their fry or swallow them. So my solution was to strip them at three or four weeks and put them in a ten gallon for a month or two and then put them back with their parents. I never had any problems doing that. Be sure that there is some cover for them to hide in and add them at night after the big guys are asleep. You can try and see how it goes. I think it will work. Good luck, Mike
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE( Electriceelcat @ Mar 4 2011, 12:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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Hi Will, I had a group of Duboisi that used to eat their fry or swallow them. So my solution was to strip them at three or four weeks and put them in a ten gallon for a month or two and then put them back with their parents. I never had any problems doing that. Be sure that there is some cover for them to hide in and add them at night after the big guys are asleep. You can try and see how it goes. I think it will work. Good luck, Mike[/b]
Hi Mike,
Thanks again for all the help over the last few months I had the babies in a 65 gallon grow out and they were all about 1" long (3 months old), and I was scared to put them in with the adults, so I put them in my mixed tang tank since I had new fry that were really small to go in the 65. It's good to hear that they should be OK with adequate cover. Going to net them out this evening and hopefully they will flourish and I'll stop losing them. Take care,
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Netted them out yesterday. Rearranged the rocks and added more hiding spaces for the new arrivals, left the lights off since yesterday at 5pm, turned the lights back on tonight, no losses yet. They are all happy campers. The others just ignore them. Whoohoo!
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I moved 10 Petro Red Bulus into the main Petro tank when they were two inches. One was killed within two days. 9 made it and are fine at 3 inches. I would wait until trophs are about 1.5 inches before I moved them back into the adult tank.
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Good to hear! Keep us posted on their progress. Mike
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Any more word on how things are working?
Im going to do the same with my cherry spots due to loosing quite a few while on deployment. I have nine in a 20g all about a 1" big. They eat like pigs and growing quickly.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(ad2crl @ Mar 21 2011, 11:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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Any more word on how things are working?
Im going to do the same with my cherry spots due to loosing quite a few while on deployment. I have nine in a 20g all about a 1" big. They eat like pigs and growing quickly.[/b]
I lost 3 of them, but I don't think it was the adults harassing them, I had two heaters go out and the temp dropped to 68 overnight in the tank. I fixed the next day, but lost 3 babies. The remaining ones are flourishing and the adults (for the most part) ignore them. I would say after they get big enough to not fit in your adults mouths they are OK to go back in the tank with them.
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You could have added them without doing anything.

I never had and issue with adding fry to adult tanks. Just add at night.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Mr. Johnson @ Mar 22 2011, 02:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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You could have added them without doing anything.

I never had and issue with adding fry to adult tanks. Just add at night.[/b]

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