well I never ever imagined I'd be posting on THIS forum but here I am.
Heres the deal - I have a 10 gallon tank with 2 platys and 2 panda corys. One of the platys is a red-wag and the other is yellow/orange with some black - I think they called it "Calico" in the LFS
. I haven't had them that long - maybe a month or so.
Anyway, this morning I wake up. Flip on the tank light. I'm sleepily peering into the tank when this little clear looking worm thing with a splash of red passes by. And I am totally freaking out - I'm thinking AAH I've got worms or maggots or something in my tank! And thats when it stops and I realize its got a little black EYE. OMG I did a double take and it took off towards the filter intake
and it was GONE.
So anyway, I stood there and stood there and stood there and concentrated intently on the tank and I never saw it again or anything else like it. I opened the filter box and didn't see anything in there. I hunted so long, I was an hour late for work. *SIGH*
I'm just feeling awful cuz I didn't even have a clue I even had a male/female pair. I didn't know one of them was pregnant so I was totally unprepared. Seriously I didn't think I would ever have mating because I've just got 1 plastic plant (that is aqua blue - it doesn't even LOOK real) and a couple plastic/resin decorations (a rock, a shipwreck, and a mermaid) and do absolutely nothing to make the tank especially romantic. LOL OK You're probably thinking "HELLO WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION???"
My questions are:
1) I'm an idiot and don't even know how to tell which one of my platys is the girl. To be honest, I didn't think they would mate even if they WERE boy/girl because they were 2 different colors. [yep, go ahead and laugh](heck until I got on the computer this morning, I didn't even know if platys laid eggs or were livebearers). I have pictures of them on home computer - don't think I have any in my Photobucket account that I can access at work- but I'll look and post them if I have them.
2) In the future, how can I tell she is pregnant and when she's ready to deliver?
3) What equipment / foods do I need to have ready for delivery?
4) Or did I hallucinate/imagine this whole thing and should I actually be at home in bed instead of researching breeding fish on work time?