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Old 04-21-2014, 10:22 AM   #1
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Pregnant platy

So one of my platys has been pregnant for about 3 1/2 weeks (estimate) she isn't super big but she is very translucent so I can see all the little fry inside her and they look like they are ready to pop out. Yesterday morning I could only see a set of fry eyes and now I see 6+. I did put her in a breeding box because all my fry got eaten last time even with a heavily planted tank. Also she has been hiding from the others in plants or just laying on the gravel and hasn't really been eating much. My question is, do you think I should leave her in the breeding box because she seems so close to delivery or do you think she has some time and I should take her out?Click image for larger version

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Old 04-21-2014, 04:10 PM   #2
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If you can see fry and she is refusing food then she is very close, personally i dont like breeder boxes as they can add to the mothers stress levels but as you had no success last time with her giving birth in the tank then its well worth giving the breeder box a try so keep her in there and you may have better luck this time
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:22 PM   #3
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Agree with the poster above me
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:03 PM   #4
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The only thing is she's not very big. My last platy was HUGE and very square when she gave birth. Does that really matter though or does it just differ between the fish?
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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I also happened to find this online and she has every one of the signs of labor other than she doesn't seem that square to me
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:12 PM   #6
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Mines close to giving birth too!!!
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:19 PM   #7
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Anyone else? She's become more square and was calm but now is swimming frantically in the box Click image for larger version

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Old 04-22-2014, 05:21 PM   #8
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Here's another picture where you can kinda see the fry inside her
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:21 AM   #9
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Woke up this morning to 16 fry! Yay! Mama is exhausted but all babies are swimming around
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:27 AM   #10
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That's exciting . I'm hoping mine drops soon too!!! She already had one... My lfs said it happens an that he was a premie lmao
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:30 AM   #11
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I would say you should have some with the next couple days! Especially since our platys looked like they were both around the same time in their pregnancy
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:32 AM   #12
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Yeah that's true !!!

Hope so Good luck raising them !!!
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:27 PM   #13
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Glad you had better luck with the breeder box, seems the way to go for your platy, i woke up to 35 molly fry yesterday born in the tank, have transferred them into the breeder box until my local pet shop takes them off me, she had 17 last time so expect more fry next time your platty mummy drops her next batch ! Click image for larger version

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