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Old 08-05-2015, 11:53 AM   #1
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Platy fry

My platy gave birth to 30+ fry. I put then straight into a breeder net. They have literally all died? Is this likely stress related or premature birth? They did look small. She gave birth to like 3 at a time too? Have a distraught 4 year old

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Old 08-05-2015, 12:20 PM   #2
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What were you feeding them


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Old 08-05-2015, 12:37 PM   #3
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They died within about 10-20 minutes of birth. I had some liquifry that I put a drop in initially

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Old 08-05-2015, 01:14 PM   #4
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It is best to move the parents, rather than the fry...

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Old 08-05-2015, 01:18 PM   #5
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It was a surprise birth and had nowhere else to put like 8 platy, 5 Cory, 5 adf and 4 Ottos ; ) felt guilty leaving them in the tank to be eaten

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Old 08-05-2015, 01:25 PM   #6
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Otto's are vegetarian only. The Cory cats shouldn't touch time.
Not sure about adf though.

If you have hiding spots, there has to be a few fry surviving. My friend has a boat in the tank while I have Java moss. A few make it to adulthood, which is good enough for me.

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I have a large wood/plant in the middle. A moss ball and a moss shell thing. Plenty of hiding places but no survivors yet. Had then over a year now. The adf will eat them if they get a chance. Corys tend to leave them alone. The Ottos ignore everyone

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They can't hide in a moss ball. Really
Java moss or places that larger fishes can't get in are the best hiding spots for baby fry.

My platties are bright orange, I only have 1 survivor while guppies avg 2-4 survivals.

The platty hid in the moss for almost 2 weeks before coming out, while the guppies goes unnoticed and came out after a week.

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These are my main 2 hide outs

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As for the 4 year old, there should be more babies and sometimes if the baby fish aren't quite right they die. Kiss and a hug for the little one. Life and death, not happy but natural. Fortunately there should be MANY opportunities to see and raise babies from Platy. I wouldn't be surprised if there could be survivors hiding really well.

I make sure to feed the parents a tiny bit frequently during the birthing, if they eat it, so they don't get too hungry.

Check water parameters. Do a 30-50% pwc. Just a normal after a death thing to do. Did you have any soap or anything on your hands when you put in the breeder box...
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I have about twenty 4 day old guppy fry in my 10g/35L planted tank with 4 adults and 4 pygmy corys and so far I keep counting more!! They have plenty of hiding spots and really I don't know what I'll do with another 20 fish, but hoping survival of the fittest will help reduce the numbers!
We've lost 9 adult guppies in the past, and each time my 4yo cried. But now she's happy we have babies. The life/death lesson has well and truly been learnt!
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She's better now. Just waiting for more. We have 1 survivor from a previous batch but only see it every few days. I never touch them with my hands, I caught them in a fine soft net. Better luck next time I hope

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Holy crappppppppppp I have 3 female and 2 male platys. I think all 3 fems gave birth at once. I managed to rescue about 15 not sure how many were born. Out of guilt not wanting them to be eaten I made a great fry crib lol. But wtf am I gonna do with 15 platys?
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Holy crappppppppppp I have 3 female and 2 male platys. I think all 3 fems gave birth at once. I managed to rescue about 15 not sure how many were born. Out of guilt not wanting them to be eaten I made a great fry crib lol. But wtf am I gonna do with 15 platys?

Should have thought of that what you chose livebearers breeding machines that never stop


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Holy crappppppppppp I have 3 female and 2 male platys. I think all 3 fems gave birth at once. I managed to rescue about 15 not sure how many were born. Out of guilt not wanting them to be eaten I made a great fry crib lol. But wtf am I gonna do with 15 platys?
You really don't have to feel bad being eaten. If you really don't want extra fry, get all male or all female.

My friend bought 3 females. I think 2 gave birth, and had about 12 survival, but in the end, she's left with 4, and we took one. The one we took was a male and the 3 other are females. So she's left with an all female tank after all.

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