Originally Posted by suziparis35
I have a very pregnant platy and varitys (sp?) and want to know your experiences with breeder boxes. The last thing I want is for my preggers fish to get stressed. Are they more prone to get stressed in a breeder net/box or are they finding it hard to find a quiet spot in my community tank to have their babies? I have a 20G. Check out my pix!
Any and all help/opinions would be appreciated!
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Netting a pregnant fish or any fish is going to stress them and you. There's no need to do it. You have a small tank, so it won't take much to plant the surface and make the tank more suitable for the female to have the fry. I like to use Hornwort or Common water weed (Anacharis). The plant is cheap at the pet store and by dropping a lot of individual stems into the tank, you provide privacy for the female. When the fry are born, they immediately swim to the surface for a breath and hide in the plants. You can feed all the fish a little more and a little more often. Livebearing fish can be cannibalistic, but if the adults are well fed, they don't typically bother the fry.
Livebearing fish prefer a little standard aquarium salt added to their new, treated tap water. A teaspoon or even a little bit more in every 5 gallons is sufficient to calm the fish and stimulate their immune system.
Large, weekly water changes are a must for smaller tanks. If you change half the water at a time, that will keep the fish and plants healthy.