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Old 03-12-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Should I Move her to Another Tank Now?

Hey all, I've got a pregnant platy.. She is looking bigger and bigger when ever I look at her, so I am wondering if it is time to move her out of the main aquarium. I've got a 1 gallon critter keeper I will use for her to give birth in (I will make sure she doesn't eat them of course) then after the fry start swimming they will move to the 5.5 tank that has gravel. I know it's not the best situation, but it will have to work. I was thinking of putting some wash cloths over the gravel so they couldn't get stuck? The tank was supposed to be a betta tank...

Anyways, I'm wondering if I should move her out or keep her where she's at right now. This platy was supposed to be a 'he' but apparently that's not the case! Here's a couple horrible pictures of the lady.....




Little piggy is still eating, but starting to hid more in the corners. I think it's time!
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:16 PM   #2
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I decided to move her into the critter keeper. It's 1 gallon just floating in the main tank. She won't stop pooping so I am going to do multiple 25% pwc a day with tank water to keep it clean.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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Smart move, I had platys that had babies and by morning they all were gone...good luck with the fry!
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:26 PM   #4
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How long do you think she has? Poor thing has a poo as long as her body hanging out right now!!
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:38 PM   #5
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Demo the picture it looks like she could burst any minute now! It wouldn't surprise me if it happened tomorrow, mine looked just like that
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:04 PM   #6
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Cool, I would like her to have them before we leave on the weekend.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:58 PM   #7
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I'd bet on it!
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:00 PM   #8
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And just for future reference female platys have a more fan-like anal fin while males are pointed
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:55 PM   #9
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Yeah, I looked up how to sex them after I noticed she was looking bigger... lol
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:14 AM   #10
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pooping a lot is a sign of labor. but it could also mean that they just had a really good meal lol

Anyways, smart move on moving her! If you can, add a bunch of plastic plants to help keep the fry hidden in case she gives birth overnight or while you are away. They will eat fry even while they are in labor
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She literally has poop hanging out 24/7... I'll add a bunch of plants now!
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:57 AM   #12
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yeah, its usually a sign of iminent labor.
goodluck!! hopefully you catch it before she gets the chance to snack on any!
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Okay so I put a bunch of plants in there for her. She was still pooping, but she looks smaller?!?! Is it possible at all she had the babies during the 2 hours I was gone and ate them all?
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Okay, I swear she seems smaller!!! Ugg, I think she had and ate them while I was out side, then eating dinner! I was away for like 2 hours!!! Dang thing! I am going to keep her in there for a couple more days just in case.
Failing like this makes me want to set up a ten gallon tank and breed Platy's till I get some babies...
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Did you see a gravid spot on her before she pooped? If not then maybe she was just constipated, but I doubt that. I really believe she is gravid, maybe she just got constipated from the pregnancy
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Yeah, I saw one, and her belly was so huge! I'm thinking I'll take her out, she doesn't look pregnant anymore. She's stressed and the male is stressed, they are best buddies.
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