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i have some swordtail fry that i plan to move to my planted aquarium when they get big enough so the other fish won't eat them, right now i'm keeping them in a 3 gallon hex tank. is there any advice you can give me to help them grown faster and healthy??
 

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I feed my swords twice a day with flake that I grind up very fine with my fingers. I keep the temp at about 78 to up their metabolism a little, and I do weekly water changes. They grow pretty fast, especially if you vary their diet. Frozen baby brine are good for the first month (on top of the flake). The same goes for frozen or live daphnia after they're 1/2" or so.

If the tank has a little algae in it that'll help too, I've noticed that a lot of livebearer fry (and adults) like to graze a bit.
 

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If the tank has a little algae in it that'll help too, I've noticed that a lot of livebearer fry (and adults) like to graze a bit.
I have a growing herd of Platies and they are hands down the best algae eaters I've ever kept. No contest. However, they do multiply in a planted tank. It's to the point that I'm considering a Betta for population control.

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A betta? A betta will eat them? :twisted:

I've got a couple of mollies in my tank and while they do a fine job of keeping the surface scum gone, they're apparently always "at it." I found more little dark shadows swimming around last night. Arrrggghhh.
 

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A betta? A betta will eat them? :twisted:
I would think so, they are predators. If not, a large Angel certainly will.

A tiny one got chased out into the open right into the mouth of an adult Platy, which then burped a bubble, just like the cartoons. :twisted:

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