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:rofl I just spent 20 minutes watching fry figure out bloodworms.

Once they figured out that they had to go at them from the ends, they began to swallow entire worms longer than they were. Sure, some broke off pieces, but some proceeded to swallow whole, adult-sized worms. Some also decided to play tug-of-war with worms. :wub: It was so cute. I'll start feeding them worms daily now for them now that they're the size to eat them.

Also, I put two fry into the pond today, so I am down to 19 1-month-olds. Soon I will have some very little new babies. :heart

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16 fry left. I got home from work and only saw 1 fry in the container. The cheesecloth disintegrated on me and they got out, a few didn't make it back to me before their parents had a snack. I will be trying the filter thing that Jamie mentioned in Kay's thread next. Tonight they spend the night in a bowl.

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Aaaaand I just saved one of the babies who got a worm stuck in their mouth and couldn't spit it out. Some are so much smaller than others that they can't always eat the worms.

I had an eight day old fry in the inside tank that found a thin, but 3/4" long pond worm and kept going back to it and biting at it and then would swim away and go back again and try. It was pretty cute, but I don't think she got much of it.

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Aaaaand I just saved one of the babies who got a worm stuck in their mouth and couldn't spit it out. Some are so much smaller than others that they can't always eat the worms.

I had an eight day old fry in the inside tank that found a thin, but 3/4" long pond worm and kept going back to it and biting at it and then would swim away and go back again and try. It was pretty cute, but I don't think she got much of it.

My fry all take whole worms in their mouths at one end, then keep slurping them down like noodles. These fish are swallowing whole worms as long as they are. :rofl

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Yep. It does.

I just have to find a bright side... at least I didn't lose them all in transport up north. That's my bright side.

I'm going to try to get one more spawn (they hatched today, but are all in the pond) before I go up north.

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I managed to catch a few today when I went out to feed them this morning. I hope to get quite a bit more when I do today's WC. I want to completely clean out the pond today so that next wednesday it will be easier to just empty it. Since I seeded my sponge filter, I can clean up and put away the planter filter and rinse out the media before I dry it and put it away for next year.

Edit: on second thought... since I need to clean out the main bin and dry it I probably will just set up the supported QT bin for them for the week.

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