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Old 05-08-2017, 12:30 PM   #1
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Too many platy to handle. Help.

A few months ago I started breeding platys. I have 2 20 gallon tanks and the males are in one, while the females are in another. I keep finding more fry because the females are still giving birth, I guess from storing sperm. Anyway, I have tons of fry. I probably have over 30. Anyway, as they get older I release them into the main tank and separate them when they are old enough to sex. I thought I was done getting fry because I haven't seen any in weeks and today I caught 15! This is too much. I can't buy another tank. Like I said I have 2 20 gallon tanks. I'm not trying to overstock them. I don't have any friends with tanks so I don't know what to do with all these fry. And I don't want them to get eaten either. Anyone have any suggestions?
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You could list them on Craigslist or nextdoor.com, but your best bet may be taking them to a fish shop. If they're old enough to sex, you might be able to get some store credit.
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I don't have any friends with tanks so I don't know what to do with all these fry. And I don't want them to get eaten either. Anyone have any suggestions?
Welcome, Brother, to Platys Anonymous!

I've been going through the same thing for months: give platys good food and a healthy environment and... BABIES!!!

As mine get up to an inch in size, I take them to my LFS. You just need to buy some transport bags and practicing catching fish. (And platys are good at "Catch me if you can!!")
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Thank you for your help guys! I talked to my LFS and they said they'll take them when they're big enough. Where can I get transport bags?
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Search Amazon for fish transport bags.

I just save mine and reuse them.
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Search Amazon for fish transport bags.

I just save mine and reuse them.
That's where I bought mine, though, last I looked, they were out of the 3-mil thickness.
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From my experience, I have used regular zip lock bags to transport fish and they were fine.
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I used a bucket before, although Ziplocs work in a pinch. Just make sure you only put about half of the bag with water.
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Set the zip locks in the bucket because they do tend to leak.
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