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Old 03-18-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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Pregnant Platy or Nah??

I have a Red Wag Platy and a Sunburst Platy and I was wondering if they were pregnant or what.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-19-2014, 01:45 AM   #2
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They look like they could be prego. But it is kinda hard to tell. I have platies and I am waiting for them to breed But what you can do, is
1) get a little breeder box and float it in your tank till she gives birth and catch the fry and put them in.
2) place female in breeder box and observe her.
3) Scoop fry into a separate container with a mini filter so the parents won't try to eat them

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I'm really nervous. Should I wait a while before I put the moms in the breeder box?
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:11 AM   #4
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Its hard to tell. But if you want for safety precautions, you can put the mommys in the breeder box and watch them

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I went to my local pet store and they were out of breeder boxes so I bought a tank divider to put my pregnant fishys in one side. Oh and I bought another Platy today and it is pregnant as well. I was thinking put the 3 pregnant platys on one side and my Molly and my two neon tetras on the other side then once they drop I can put the fry in a one gallon which is currently cycling?? Does that sound good?
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:06 PM   #6
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Sounds good to me

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Yay!! This tank divider is getting on my last nerve though. Lol
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Yeah the divider can be a pain

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I'm so scared I'm not going to be home when they have the babies and they are going to get eaten. I wanted to get a breeder box so bad. Stupid Petsmart.
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I have a Red Wag Platy and a Sunburst Platy and I was wondering if they were pregnant or what.Attachment 228919Attachment 228920Attachment 228921
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Provided you got them at the local pet store, they are pregnant. Now, that we've determined this, you need to prepare the tank for the females and their fry. You start by dropping in as many stems of Hornwort, Anachris or Pennywort into the tank as possible. These are fast growers and will provide water filtration as well as hiding places for the females and the fry.

Keep the water extremely pure with large, weekly water changes. Half the tank's volume is about right and make sure the new, treated tap water is around 80 degrees, just a bit warmer than what's already in the tank.

Add a rounded teaspoon of standard aquarium salt to every 5 gallons of the new water. Livebearing fish do best with just a little. The other fish and the plants will be fine with it.

Feed a good diet of mostly frozen food like brine shrimp, beef heart, krill and plankton. A little freeze dried tubifex worms is a good addition. Feed a bit of minced garlic too. This diet is high vitamin and the most nutritious for the fish.

The females will drop the fry in less than 30 days.

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