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Old 01-18-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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Pregnant Platy Behavior

I have 2 female platies in a 20g long tank, one of which is visibly pregnant. She eats like a little piranha and has really started picking on the other one. The non-pregnant female has taken to hiding constantly and barely comes out even for food. Earlier today they both went inside the castle-cave and I could see them fighting, eventually the non-pregnant one came out and fluttered around for awhile. You can see in the video she's sort of just dashing and fluttering around, like she's scared to death. She's keeping her top fin kind of clamped along her back, too, except when she's eating.

Maybe I should have picked something else, a fish that doesn't procreate so easily. :P

Because everyone seems to ask:

Tank is fully cycled. Ammonia = 0 ppm, Nitrites = 0 ppm, Nitrates = 5-10 ppm.
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Hey, how long have you had these fish??
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #3
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Hey, how long have you had these fish??
About 2 months.
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About 2 months.
Has this behaviour only started since you noticed one was pregnant??. Have you got a male platy??
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Has this behaviour only started since you noticed one was pregnant??. Have you got a male platy??
Yes, and no. They were in a large mixed tank at the store.
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Yes, and no. They were in a large mixed tank at the store.
I really wouldn't worry about it...She's just being protective because she's pregnant..If you plan on keeping the fry you will need a breeder trap...
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I'm not really worried about the fry, just the two adults. The non-pregnant one just seems so stressed. It's always been the more shy of the two, but it's awful now.
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I'm not really worried about the fry, just the two adults. The non-pregnant one just seems so stressed. It's always been the more shy of the two, but it's awful now.
If your really concerned, you could always add a few more(spread the attention out), bring her back and swap her or try adding a male...
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Do you think adding another one or two could help? I had thought about that but wasn't real sure.
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Do you think adding another one or two could help? I had thought about that but wasn't real sure.
Yeah i think it would help. It'll spread out the attention. Even just one more and see does that help, max 2 but if you do 2, i would leave 2wks between each one....
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