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I adopted a tank with 176 baby fry in it, I was told they could be guppies, but that was quickly dismissed, nor are they tetras and someone suggested they could be goldfish fry. They are about 3 weeks old, the largest is 5/8 inch long and smallest aoub 3/16 long.file:///Users/martinjoaquin/Pictures/iPhoto%20Library/Masters/2014/07/08/20140708-202103/IMG_5391.JPG

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I adopted a tank with 176 baby fry in it, I was told they could be guppies, but that was quickly dismissed, nor are they tetras and someone suggested they could be goldfish fry. They are about 3 weeks old, the largest is 5/8 inch long and smallest aoub 3/16 long.file:///Users/martinjoaquin/Pictures/iPhoto%20Library/Masters/2014/07/08/20140708-202103/IMG_5391.JPG

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I got my flicker count up again and downloaded a picture of the fry. I think the oldest are about 3 weeks old.

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Were the parents fancy tailed or single tail?

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I have been intested in starting up an aquarium for a while and got two free tanks from clients. One a 30 gallon and the other a 22 gallon long tank. I saw an ad on cl for a 10 gallon tank with baby fish, the owner said the fish was about 2 inches long and silvery grey, said she got the fish for her birthday, that it had the babies and died. She never said anything about there being a male and female, so I assumed it was a live bearer, like a guppy. I figured it could be fun to see what colors the guppy fry would turn out to be. It soon became apparent that the tail fins were wrong for a guppy or the other live bearers and that lead me to tropical fish first and that too soon lead me up a dead end street. Three times someone has said they were goldfish fry. I have tried to call the original owner many times since I got the fry and have had no luck in contacting her. For any egglaying fish, musn't there be both a male and female present at the time of egg laying? The woman that had the tank said there was only one fish in the tank and that she had got it recently for her birthday. All I can think is that the tank was a breeder tank and she got it pre stocked, so to speak, with goldfish eggs and one goldfish that died. I cannot think of any egg laying fish that does not need a male to create fertile eggs. Am I wrong on that? All I know is that I have a tank full of mystery fry. Some of the fry are dark, maybe 10 %.

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If there wasn't a male, than it has to be a live bearer. The male has to be there at the time the eggs were laid or they won't be fertile. I know live bearers unfortunately do die after birth. Let's let others see what they have to say.

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Were the parents fancy tailed or single tail?

I do not really know that these fry are goldfish. I was told and under the asumption that they were guppy fry or molly fry, but it is apparent that they are not. it is through trial and error that I am assuming they are goldfish. They most resemble goldfish fry, more so than any other pictures of fry that I have looked at on the net. They lack an adipose fin for one and their dorsal fin is shaped just like a goldfish and the tails look like a comet, so does the shape of the body and head. LOL, I have been feeding them tropical fish flakes powdered in my hand and freeze dried brine shrimp, should I switch them to goldfish food. That is the problem with mystery fry, are these tropical or cold water fish? Many of the barbs resemble goldfish, but again the dorsal fins just are not quite right on these fry.

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If there wasn't a male, than it has to be a live bearer. The male has to be there at the time the eggs were laid or they won't be fertile. I know live bearers unfortunately do die after birth. Let's let others see what they have to say.

I cannot find a live bearer that is in aquaria that has a tail like these. Guppies are lobed and so are Platy's and Molly's. They do not look like any live bearer that I have found on the 7 fish forums that I have joined, believe me, 80% of my time on the internet is trying to find out what kind of fish I am going to end up with. I am not a newbie to fish, I had fish for 12 years. I can only assume the prior owner may have lied about there being only one adult fish, I have had no luck in getting in contact with her by phone or internet and she was moving that day, so I have no idea where she moved to. Thus my mystery fry.

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They do look like single tail fry to me. It could very wel be that she lied.

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Just a thought, and please take this with a grain of salt. The first photo you posted looks a little like a rosy red minnow (aka fathead minnow). They aren't live bearers, but the male will care for the eggs until they hatch. I have never seen their fry, so I can't be certain. It just struck me that the fry resembled the adult. The two major differences that I noticed was that the head seemed a little large and the back didn't have the small hump I'm used to seeing on most rosy reds. I have no idea if these are differences that might be due to age.

As I've said, I could be way out in left field on this one. It's just a resemblance that struck me.

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Could it be Rainbow fish fry by any chance? The tail looks close.

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Just a thought, and please take this with a grain of salt. The first photo you posted looks a little like a rosy red minnow (aka fathead minnow). They aren't live bearers, but the male will care for the eggs until they hatch. I have never seen their fry, so I can't be certain. It just struck me that the fry resembled the adult. The two major differences that I noticed was that the head seemed a little large and the back didn't have the small hump I'm used to seeing on most rosy reds. I have no idea if these are differences that might be due to age.

As I've said, I could be way out in left field on this one. It's just a resemblance that struck me.

The dorsal fins on the fathead minnow are rounded, not pyramidal like the goldfish and my mystery fry.

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They do look like single tail fry to me. It could very wel be that she lied.

I am wagering that she lied too, that she wanted to get rid of the fish quick. I have only found 2 dead fry in the tank after 12 days, I moved about a dozen of the largest, some over 1/2 inch now, to my 30 gallon tank and they seem to be doing fine.

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Just a thought, and please take this with a grain of salt. The first photo you posted looks a little like a rosy red minnow (aka fathead minnow). They aren't live bearers, but the male will care for the eggs until they hatch. I have never seen their fry, so I can't be certain. It just struck me that the fry resembled the adult. The two major differences that I noticed was that the head seemed a little large and the back didn't have the small hump I'm used to seeing on most rosy reds. I have no idea if these are differences that might be due to age.

As I've said, I could be way out in left field on this one. It's just a resemblance that struck me.

The dorsal fins on the fathead minnow are rounded, not pyramidal like the goldfish and my mystery fry.

Well, it was a shot in the dark. Sorry I couldn't get you any closer to an id. I'm curious to see how this waiting game turns out!

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What fish did the fry end up being?

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