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Old 03-30-2008, 08:24 PM   #1
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Platy Fry

Recently I have started to wonder how many fry a person can fit into a 20g tank. Presently I have the tank divided into two, its been like this since the last batch of fry (about 2.5 weeks ago).

Up until today there was around 20 fry. Just a few hours ago, Astrix (the mother of the other fry) just had about another 20 (maybe more, most of them are hiding). My question is, how many fry can be in the tank before it will be overloaded, and at what age should the fry be given away? Also, will my fish continue to have babies like this every few weeks?

To see what my tank is stocked with you can check out my intro post:
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Yes she will drop fry every month or so. They need to be an inch or so before they become salable. How many depends on the size of the fry. I think the 40 you have now is about the limit though. They will grow not grow as well and be as healthy if they start getting crowded.
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Thanks for the reply! If I am approaching the limit, is it possible to stop the fish from mating without separating them? I don't have a second tank that I could use.

Ps: If anyone wants some platies pm me :P
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Not much you can do. The females will store sperm for a while, so separating will not help much. Best you can do is let nature takes it course.
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Unfortunately Rich is right, you can't stop her from having babies even if you remove the males. Most of our local pet stores will not take fry until 1/2 inch. But you may have some success posting on the Saskatchewan aquarium sites for smaller fry. Since you are at the U of S, check out the Saskatoon website.
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Thanks you two, I'll have to look into that. I didn't realize they could store that o.O.
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