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Old 04-18-2011, 02:02 AM   #1
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are my fry safe?

i have a 10 gallon that had 6 zebra danios, 1 female platy, 3 otos, and 1 Mystery Snail. yesterday i moved the 6 zebra danios to a new 29 gallon setup, and was planning on leaving the platy. well, after i moved the danios, i noticed a baby swimming againt the glass at the back. then i saw a few more. when i woke up this morning, i saw even more yet. if i had to guess, i'd say there was a minimum of 10. the platy that i left in there was swimming around, and the way it was acting made me think it was searching for babies to eat. so i moved the platy to the new 29 gallon, along with the danios. so now, the fry remain in the heavily planted 10 gallon, along with the 3 otos and the Mystery Snail. will they be safe?

i'm not sure what kind of babies these fish even are. either danios or platies. on 03-20 i moved some fish around. i moved a male twinbar platy and 3 cherry barbs from the 10 gallon, and moved the 6 zebra danios from the 55 gallon to the 10 gallon. so from 03-20 to 03-25, the yellow twinbar male platy, and the rainbow platy female were together in the 55 gallon, being the only two platies. after 5 days, i decided that the male was harrassing her too much, cuz she was constantly hiding in the floating plants from him, so i moved the female to the 10 gallon, along with the danios, and that's how it's been since then. so that's between 3-4 weeks ago, and i read that's the approximate pregnancy time for platies. but for all i know, they could be danios that hatched from eggs, although i never noticed any eggs.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:17 AM   #2
 
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I reckon they should be right but keep a real close eye on them. There's a much higher chance that the fry are platies especially considering you weren't even trying to breed danios and like you said, you could probably see the eggs. So yeah keep a close eye on them and whatever they are good luck :)
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:53 PM   #3
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i turned off the filter for now, and after the baseball game is over, i'm gonna go to petsmart, and get some sort of sponge filter to slip over the intake valve, so that none of the fry get sucked into accidentally. i'll also pick up some fry food.

the more i look, i'm thinking the number might be closer to 20. i really hope that they're platies, and not danios. i'm excited to see how a mix of yellow twinbar platy and a blue rainbow platy will look!
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:56 PM   #4
 
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Good thinking and I hope they're platies 4 your sake. Hopefully when they get a bit older you can let me know what they are and what happened and stuff. Thanks and good luck
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:17 AM   #5
 
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They're probably platy.

I think you have a good hand on it already for keeping the fry safe. A heavily planted tank, and protection from the filter intake is the best bet. Just feed some crushed flakes or special foods made for fry and you should be good. I dont see any issue with the otos, and the fry shouldnt be slow enough for the snail. And livebearer fry always grows quickly, so within a month or two you should have no issues seeing them and safely running the filters (I'd still use something over the intake though, until they are at least 1/2-3/4".)

I have 6 guppy fry at the moment (not from my guppies...petsmart cant legally sell fry, so they give them to you if you ask...I hadnt dealt hands on with fry so I wanted to try it out). Mine are in a net breeder with 4 fake plants in my 29 gallon. I have had them for like 2.5 weeks now. They have grown nicely. I can tell one is going to be yellow, and one looks like it will be a black one (tail wise). I cant wait til they are old enough to sex, the males will be kept in the 29 gallon with all the other males. The females will join the neons and the betta, frog, and snail from the 5 gal in the new 15 gal I will be setting up in like 2.5 weeks. I just keep hoping that one day, my cories (my albinos) will lay eggs that will hatch!!

Good luck with your babies, and keep us posted! And I would love to see pics!! Would love to see pics of your blue platy!!!
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:36 AM   #6
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i'm not sure what the proper name for it is. Petco had it labeled Blue Rainbow Platy, but everywhere else i've seen it just called Rainbow Platy. well anywayz, assuming the fry are platies, a pic of the mother(rainbow platy) can be seen in my 10 gallon pics, and a pic of the father(yellow twinbar) can be seen in my 55 gallon pics.

i already installed a sponge filter in place of the intake valve on the hob filter. and i bought a bag of some fry food. it's just a very fine powder.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:42 AM   #7
 
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Awesome...yeah, after I posted, I checked out your tanks...awesome set ups and great looking fish.

Right on...you are all ready to take care of those babies!!
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:43 PM   #8
 
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i have a 10 gallon that had 6 zebra danios, 1 female platy, 3 otos, and 1 Mystery Snail. yesterday i moved the 6 zebra danios to a new 29 gallon setup, and was planning on leaving the platy. well, after i moved the danios, i noticed a baby swimming againt the glass at the back. then i saw a few more. when i woke up this morning, i saw even more yet. if i had to guess, i'd say there was a minimum of 10. the platy that i left in there was swimming around, and the way it was acting made me think it was searching for babies to eat. so i moved the platy to the new 29 gallon, along with the danios. so now, the fry remain in the heavily planted 10 gallon, along with the 3 otos and the Mystery Snail. will they be safe?

i'm not sure what kind of babies these fish even are. either danios or platies. on 03-20 i moved some fish around. i moved a male twinbar platy and 3 cherry barbs from the 10 gallon, and moved the 6 zebra danios from the 55 gallon to the 10 gallon. so from 03-20 to 03-25, the yellow twinbar male platy, and the rainbow platy female were together in the 55 gallon, being the only two platies. after 5 days, i decided that the male was harrassing her too much, cuz she was constantly hiding in the floating plants from him, so i moved the female to the 10 gallon, along with the danios, and that's how it's been since then. so that's between 3-4 weeks ago, and i read that's the approximate pregnancy time for platies. but for all i know, they could be danios that hatched from eggs, although i never noticed any eggs.
Danio eggs are almost impossibe to see, you would have to have a completly empty tank with only wanter and look from the bottom into the tank to see them, and they hatch in 2 days. and then their so small even at 2 weeks their the size of a sliver and the cling to the walls, so it looks like black lines on your tank
But Danios lay eggs pretty much every day and then eat them, so usually you wouldnt have any danio babies in there, i bred my danios in a 2 1/2 tank and the next day took the adults out and watched the tank as the babies would start appearing, had about 60-70 eggs hatching. but at about 2 weeks they died, i am pretty sure it was because i wasnt home on the week days to feed them 3 times a day


So more thatn likely they are platy babies, i just discovered 3 in my tank the other day. Make sure you feed them baby fish food like first bites. or crush up your flake food so its so fine its like dust. if they dont come to the top of your tank, put the food in a cup of tank water to let it soak so it will sink when you add it to the tank, after like 3 or 4 weeks you should feed them live or frozen foods to help them grow to be healthy happy fish

Hope this helps
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:27 AM   #9
 
Ditto to what others have said. Platys breed easily and constantly, and average 20 to 40 babies per drop. I currently have about 75 platy fry from two drops, about 3 weeks and 5 weeks. When they are 2 or 3 weeks old you can also start feeding them algae pellets and/or blanched veggies, like zucchini or cucumber. My platys (adults and fry) go crazy over the pellets and the fresh blanched veggies. Both will break up in the water enough for the fry to get bits off to eat, and they swarm all over them. Quite fun to watch, really.

Have fun, and when they're big enough to see, post some pix. Even if they're out of focus, you can see color, shape, and size, which is fun. You can see a bunch of pix and vids of my babies (platys and guppies) on Fry Tank pictures by amthyst123 - Photobucket.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:50 PM   #10
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well, my platy fry are now 16 days old. i'm still not sure how many of them there are. here's a few pics i took about 15 minutes ago while they were chowing down.




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