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I'm feeding them microworms as well as baby brine shrimp, I mix it up or whichever one I feel like feeding them. I do find that they enjoy chasing around the baby brine shrimp.

Ricardo, when it comes to water changes, keeping the water as clean as possible is your goal so that there is no build up of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. Before I put in my automatic water change system in, I did water changes of 25-35% every other day with pre-treated, dechlorinated, aged water at the same temperature as the fry tank is at.
 

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ok thanks stryfemp ill do the aged water and dechlorinice it before i change the 35% water ill try the microworms thank you
 

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Just getting in on the conversation about water changes...... Ive been using water from my adult's tank to top up after water changes, is there someting wrong with this that i'm not thinking of?? My reasoning behind this is that my tap water has a pH of about 8+ and my tank water is closer to 6, I also have in my adult tank about 0.5 ammonium, so if I were to use tap water to do a water change, not only would the pH go up, but the ammonium would convert into ammonia, and prob kill the fry. my question is .... why use tap water when you can used aged water from the parents tank?? Just a thought...........
 

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Well using aged dechlorinated water would have a stable pH compared to fresh treated tap water. I used to use water from my main tank for water changes on my fry tank, it didn't work out too well for me and have had many fry die because of it. I figure that the water in the parent tank, even if it is aged and pH stable, there is already ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates in the water; so you're adding that to an already polluted tank water of the fry, which I believe still isn't as clean of water as new, aged treated tap. imho.
 

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I'd say they are probably 6+ inches. These were my very first fish from long ago, before I knew anything about health or what not in caring for piranhas. They are stunted and I doubt they will get much bigger then where they are at now. I have 3 pairs btw.
 

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Please don't take this the wrong way, as i have always wanted my p's to breed. But what are you plans with all of those fry?
 

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My plan is to keep the strongest and healthiest ones for future breeding projects; basically just got my personal collection. Honestly, through my experience there's not much money to be made in breeding reds, so this will probably be the last batches I'll be working on. I'm getting some beautiful adult discus later on tonight and that will be my next project. Oh yea, I'll be culling the weakest ones as well.
 

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That's pretty cool. So you are trying to breed out the ones with the stronges charecteristics? What are you looking for? Color, Agression?
I think that is anawsome Idea mabe take the hobby into a whoe new direction.
 

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Exactly. I'm looking for speed of growth, aggression, physical traits like thickness and overall appearance, color, and dominance.
 

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Picture update: The fry are doing well and I haven't experience that many deaths. The 2 pairs, my big fish, that I was putting up for sale have bred and I have a couple sets of fresh eggs waiting to hatch added to my r/o setup. I haven't been cleaning that tank as of late and have been keeping the light on 24/7 so there's green algae growing on the sides of the tanks.

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^^^You can guess how many there are in this one 10gallon tank.
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Fresh/New Batch: (There's 2 different sets in this 1 tank.)
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As you can see from the pictures, the fry are developing nicely. I've made it a point to make microworms their main diet in the beginning and it has worked well for me. I haven't really been feeding them fresh hatched baby brine shrimp, only every once in a while as I enjoy watching them chase after the bbs. Along with the microworms, in this stage of the fry's development, I am feeding them decapsulated brine shrimp eggs as well. And oh yea, as of a few days ago; I'm the proud owner of 5 actively breeding pairs of reds. lol, just had to say it. It's quite a sight to see my big fish going at it, it's like a super sized version of my other pairs, haha, quite entertaining.
 

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I found a big guy, incredibly more developed than my others. He's my monster, check him out in this picture. Couldn't get a clear picture of him because he kept darting around but he is significantly bigger than the rest of the packs. This guys definitely a keeper.

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