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Old 06-30-2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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sunburst platies?

What are some indications that sunburst platies are mating?
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Old 07-01-2006, 08:58 PM   #2
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Generally the male spends a lot of time chasing the female. You should know fairly quickly, within a week or two, if your platy is pregnant as they get pretty large and usually have a gravid spot.
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On the same subject, how many fry do platies normally have ? One of my females ALWAYS look pregnant - I thought she was just overeating LOL (I call her "fatty LOLOL) - but I saw one fry in the tank the other day and now I see a dot with fins (a second teeny fry). Do they normally give birth to all the fry at once or some here / some there ??
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Mine seem to take about 24 hours (maybe just a little longer) to have them all. I can often find one or two, and then the next day find many more. Right now I have somewhere between 18-25 fry swimming around and they have been there for about 5 days now so I am assuming they are here to stay. The first batch I only found 4. My tank was planted then but not nearly as heavily as it is now, so I guess that explains the large number.

My platy is HUGE too. When she is about to give birth she looks like she is going to burst; but even afterwards she's a little fatty.
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Old 07-02-2006, 05:47 PM   #5
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lol i thought so, one of my sunbursts is chasin his girlfriend around and trying to stay literally right behind/beside her. Awesome.
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Yeah, my dwarf coral platy has decided he wants a turn at "fatty" (who I guess I'll rename Fat Momma now). Talk about funny ! You can almost hear her saying "get outta here, runt"
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lol apparently she's the apple of everyones eye :P
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Old 07-03-2006, 02:15 AM   #8
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Oh yah, they are determined! If it is really incessant you may want to think about getting another female or two. They are best kept in ratios of 1 male to 2-3 females so that the females don't get too harassed. So far I have found that my male only bothers the female for a day or two immediately after she has given birth, but if that changes I will have to get another girl or two.
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i've got two males and two females so i'm gonna go buy four more females lol (i still have plenty of room left in my tank, its not half stocked).
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