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Old 11-04-2016, 05:22 AM   #1
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Are my platys all female?

Hi I'm very new to this!

According to my local pet shop all 3 platys are female, however the largest platy is constantly chasing the two others and I'm not convinced that it isn't a male?

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Old 11-04-2016, 06:48 AM   #2
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Here is another photo, anyone?

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The pics aren't very clear but the largest one might be a male. What you are looking for is the shape of the anal fin. That is the single fin on the bottom. If it is fan or triangular shaped, then it is a probably female. Else, it is male.
Google images for "gonopodium".
Hard to tell, but the other reddish orange one might be male as well.
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Thank you for your reply.
Sorry I know the photos aren't great, it was very hard to take them as they wouldn't stay still! Have had a look on Google and it seems the only female is the more yellow one!
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There is a ratio that works out best for live bearers. I can't recall what it is but surely someone will chime it with this.
Now you know. Not going to get on a soapbox about pet store employees, but the best thing you can do is research. I don't do impulse purchases. I do scout out potential new additions well in advance. Not always easy to do but it can prevent problems down the road.
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Managed to get a better photo and I think this one is female too? The big red platy is definitely male though.

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Managed to get a better photo and I think this one is female too? The big red platy is definitely male though.

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Thought so. Not too bad then, better than two males pestering one female. I may get one more female then to meet the recommended ratio 😁 any excuse!
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