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This is a discussion on platy breeding within the Fish Breeding forums, part of the Advanced Freshwater Discussion category; --> Originally Posted by fishboy5000 okay I'll try to go get some plants soon. but should I get real plants or fake ones? If you ...

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Old 01-11-2009, 12:50 AM   #11
 
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okay I'll try to go get some plants soon. but should I get real plants or fake ones?
If you have the proper lighting, then I don't see why a bunch of java moss wouldn't work as a floating plant.
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:18 AM   #12
 
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I was unable to get any photos, I'm in the middle of moving my stuff from my parents house to my appartment (Fish tanks included). So maybe when I get it set up here within the next week I'll be able to take some pictures. I'll show you my 20 gallon too, I don't know what happened but somehow all the fry that are born in that tank manage to survive.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:20 PM   #13
 
To small a tank and there hungry, that small a tank be good for quarintining new fish in but then only 1 or 2 fish for a few weeks
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:27 PM   #14
 
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Here is my suggestion...First, get rid of the fake plants, you need real plants to breed. I recommend Hornwort which will provide a nice hiding place for the new platy fry. Also I believe your tank is a bit too small. Go to your pet store and get a 10 gallon tank for $10. With that tank fill the bottom with basic gravel (you don't need anything special to grow hornwort). Get about 3-4 hornwort plants with lead weights on the bottom and put them in the gravel. You might want to also invest in a heater for the tank as that will definetly encourage breeding. In fact, PetSmart has a 10 gallon tank setup with a lighted hood + heater + filter all for around $35. It's up to you but this is what I just did over the weekend for my breeding tank. I hope my advice helps! Good luck!
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:20 PM   #15
 
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Here is my suggestion...First, get rid of the fake plants, you need real plants to breed. I recommend Hornwort which will provide a nice hiding place for the new platy fry. Also I believe your tank is a bit too small. Go to your pet store and get a 10 gallon tank for $10. With that tank fill the bottom with basic gravel (you don't need anything special to grow hornwort). Get about 3-4 hornwort plants with lead weights on the bottom and put them in the gravel. You might want to also invest in a heater for the tank as that will definetly encourage breeding. In fact, PetSmart has a 10 gallon tank setup with a lighted hood + heater + filter all for around $35. It's up to you but this is what I just did over the weekend for my breeding tank. I hope my advice helps! Good luck!
Fake plants are perfect for breeding. I always used fake, and experienced no problems. Hornwort is also disgusting IMO; it constantly sheds and you need to throughly vacuum the bottom every week. It is also hard to keep the whole plant alive, and many times it can just pop out of the gravel and go back to floating.
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:39 PM   #16
 
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It really doesn't matter what kind of plants you use as long as the cover is fairly dense. Thanks for the question. I went to get a picture of what I consider light cover in my molly birth tank and found this.

Those fry were not there last night when I fed the tank. Now look at what are in the tank. You can see a bit of the hornwort in this picture.


When I talk about heavy cover I usually am not looking for molly cover so I am looking for something like this instead.


The platy fry that you wanted to know about will look a lot like my molly fry after they are 4 to 7 days old. At birth they will be similar but smaller and will be hiding better because they need to due to their size. Mollies happen to be one of the bigger common livebearer fry.

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Old 01-15-2009, 08:32 AM   #17
 
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Holy crap, nice shots ghreed!

That is pretty much how big platy fry are at 1-2 weeks old.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:23 AM   #18
 
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Isn't there a problem with the male to female ratio? I though live beareres you needed one male to 4-5 females. Be careful that your males don't start fighting it will cause stress on all the fish and the females will "abort" their babies. I had two males with 6 females and they just about killed each other and they injured one female.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:35 AM   #19
 
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Yeah... I never noticed that? Good point msfrosty. fishboy5000, do you notice they fight a lot? I know I had 2 males and three females and the males used to try and kill eachother, so I separated them and now the one male has like 4 females and all he does is chase and try to beat them up. Male platys are jerks.


Oh and 1 male - 2-3 females is a good rule.
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:08 PM   #20
 
Java moss


Get some java moss (green stuff in the bottom right corner), that's what my baby swordtail hide in. Just put it by a rock or piece of wood and it should attach. But make sure there are no snails in the moss...
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