Now I have them in the smaller tank I can see that they are definitely CPDs. I have four of them (all I could find anyway) and they are more like 10 mm long so I guess at that size and number they've been there longer than I realised and I've lost the majority of them .
I tried the egg thing and they seemed to like it well enough - poor little mites were probably starving. And I've bought some Liquifry this morning BUT I've picked up the wrong bottle (the live bearers version). Is that critical bearing in mind their current size (the bottle says Live bearers or larger egg layers)? Or should I even be moving onto microworms/ brine shrimp now.
I'll try to get some decent photos of them but I've only an IPhone to get them with and so far haven't managed to get anything even remotely clear.
Many thanks for the help.
P.S. I would recommend everyone starting a weekly stock take with the tank decorations out. I check daily to make sure all the fish are there (but not for any that shouldn't be) and simply didn't see these fry amongst all the plants I have in there. They are VERY easy to miss with the decorations in!!
This hit me totally out the blue so I really wasn't sure what t do. anyway I've actually done pretty much what you suggested.
My tank is 60 ltr so I've done a 25% WC and put that water in the 20 ltr tank. Then topped up with tap water treated with Prime.
Took half the foam and 1/3 of the Matrix out the filter and put it in the 20 ltr tank with a small filter that came with the tank.
It's been running since about 10.00 a.m. but I have no heater for it so I'm off out to get one shortly (had the central heating cranked up full in the meantime). Later I'm going to check the levels and if it looks ok transfer the fry to the 20 ltr tank (just want to let it all settle a bit first).
I've fed them on frozen Daphia & Brine shrimp all grated up real small - to a mush really and they seemed to take some so fingers crossed it's all going to be ok.
Hey nice tank...Are you seeding with fish food or ammonia or anything else?
The levels are fine for 1 week in. TBH not a lot has started to happen yet. Trust me when the magic starts to happen you will know!!
Anyway don't worry too much about your levels at the moment as it's only a week in (think min 4 weeks to cycle) and there are no fish to harm anyway.
Basically you need ammonia at the moment to feed the bacteria 1 ppm is fine, you could push it to 2 or 3 ppm with no fish in. when the ammonia starts to drop its because the bacteria are converting it to nitrites. So you should see a rise in nitrites and a corresponding drop in ammonia (you then need to top ammonia levels up though to keep feeding the bacteria hence the seeding question) . Eventually nitrites will also start to drop as different bacteria grow. Keep topping up ammonia. You want to get to the point where the bacteria can convert ammonia to nitrites to nitrates in like 24 hrs.
in my experience ammonia to nitrites starts quite quickly (1 to 2 weeks depending on how you are cycling) but nitrites to nitrates takes a while. You may even think the cycle has stalled but just keep persevering.
I can't find the link at the moment but I'm sure there is a very good guide on here somewhere that will walk you through the cycling using ammonia (NOT ALL AMMONIA WORKS).
Basically be patient. It will get frustrating and then literally you will wake up one morning, check your levels and the magic will have happened.
Keep asking questions here as they occur to you. It's how I got through my cycling.
One other thing, keep your lights off for now to reduce algae growth.
So I've been running a tropical tank now for a few months stocked with Neon gold tetra; Green neon rasbora, and CPD's (plus a few shrimp).
Came home this evening and got ready to clean the tank (we've been away so it's minging) and shut the back door I have fry swimming about. They are very small (about 5 mm long max) and my eye sight isn't great but I think they are either the Green neons or the Galaxys (they look like the Green neons but are dark in colour (like the Galaxys). I'm leaning towards the Green neons but really can't be sure they are so small.
Anyway I don't know what to do - please help!! The tank needs a water change and a good clean. Am I ok to do this with them in?
I have a small (20 litre) tank that I could put them in but its not cycled at all.
As far as I can see it's only on one ornament and one plant at the moment so I'll remove them today and give them a rub in the tank water (I'm due a WC).
No live plants although I'm not particularly adverse to them, I just wanted to keep things as simple as possible to start with.
Lights go on at about 7.00 a.m. and off again at about 9.00 p.m. so they're off for at least 10 hours everyday. The tank is, however, in a room that we don't draw the curtains in so at the moment the room itself is light from dawn to dusk; about 16 hours at the moment.
So I have a cycled new tank (60l with 6 Green Neon Rasbora & 6 Gold neon Tetra) and I'm getting the first signs of brown algae.
I've read the algae page here and understand that its quite normal for a new tank and should clear up itself in a few weeks as the water balance settles down.
Question is should I be cleaning it off as much as possible in the meantime or just let it do its thing.
Also, I'm running with a Blue "moonlight" light from interpet for about 14 hours a day at the moment. I've read 8-10 hours of light a day is best but I've also read that blue light can run much longer. Should I stick to the 8-10 hours even though its blue?
Nh - 0/No2 - 0/No3 - >20 to between 40 & 80 ppm (20% wc every 3-4 days to keep it there. Tap water is 20 ppm)