01-11-2009, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by kkaso783
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.