I couldn't figure it out. The platies have been acting weird for the past couple of weeks, hiding, not coming out to eat. I've checked my water parameters a million times thinking something must be wrong. Perfect every time (0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 10 nitrates).
Tonight I was doing my weekly water change before I added my new fish to the tank (a 1" young clown pleco) when I saw something wiggling. "What the..." and then it got sucked up into the siphon tube. Then I realized what it was. Fry!
The question is, where are all the others? Its only a 12 gallon tank with fake plants, but I've searched high and low and can only find this one fry. I can't imagine that the platies could have eaten them all already... could they? There are three platies in the tank, along with two upside down catfish but they hide all the time--I can't imagine that the catfish would have eaten any yet. The baby is too tiny to have been born before today.
Do they eat their young that fast? The platies came swimming out at their normal dinner time tonight acting hungry. It seems odd that they would act this way if they had polished off an entire... er, litter?
In any event, this single fry is now in a breeder net, and I floated a couple pieces of hornwort at the top of the tank in case any others are still alive so they would have a better place to hide.
This is my first baby fish, so I don't have a clue. Any help would be greatly appreciated.