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Post  bridgegirl99 on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 16:48

On one of the FB forums I read, a breeder had a video of his fry, which he said were two weeks old, my fry don't get to that sort of size until they're about 7/8 weeks old, am I going wrong somewhere??

He said he feeds 6 times a day and does 80% water changes every 2 days, would this really produce super size fry??

I'm also having trouble getting them to grow at the 14/16 weeks stage, they eat 3 times a day and a wide variety of food, should I be upping my water changes? perhaps I'm being a bit too lazy??

What is the best food and regime to get fry to a decent size?? Also any tips on not sucking up the fry but getting rid of the debris?? I do struggle!  pale

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Post  Pterophyllum on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 18:32

I saw that post too. I also saw that lots of people were saying that the poster was either mistaken or lying.
Different varieties do grow at different rates, and it's certainly true that the more space you give them, and the more water changes you do, and (within reason) the more you feed, the faster they grow. My manacapuru cross youngsters grew at a phenomenal rate, and took 2 months to reach a body size of a 10p piece. By contrast I'd expect a blue or black angel to take at least a month or so longer to reach that size.

If you feed a human child lots of food, they don't mature any faster, you just end up with a fat kid.
In short don't believe everything you see on the internet.  Very Happy 

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Post  bridgegirl99 on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 19:11

OK thanks Rob, but maybe I'll up the water changes, I have been a bit lazy!

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Post  Pterophyllum on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 21:08

maybe I'll up the water changes
certainly up the frequency, but be wary of overdoing the quantity, UK tap water is very different from the sort of water that they're using in the far east when they do an 80% change.
Personally I never change more than about 20% except in emergency.

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