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Old 10-19-2011, 07:41 PM   #11
 
I don't plan on releasing them into the wild. Plus there are no ponds/lakes anywhere near where I live lol
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:59 PM   #12
 
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I don't know why you keep referring to the births as "eggs"...platties do not lay eggs, they are live bearers ,therefore, they have live births. And to answer your original question, the fry are hanging out at the top because I noticed that is where you have floating plants, and its where they feel the safest. Fry prefer to hang out at the surface in plants away from any predators, but if you dont have floating plants they will seek out hiding spots in the bottom corners of the tank...all in all its really beneficial to the fry's health to have a lot of plants and hiding spots, where they will feel safe. My platties love freeze-dried bloodworms, so i took some and grinded them up (theyre already tiny as it is) and fed them to the fry, they enjoy it.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:12 PM   #13
 
sorry, i guess we live in different country, at yours maybe its ilegal to release them, but in my someone will pick and keep for them, in indonesia there is a lot lot lot livebearers live in every stream and they never hurt human
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:13 AM   #14
 
Thanks for the inputs!
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:59 PM   #15
 
Question everyone, I want to change the lighting and hood since I am using the 20" hood and standard 15w fluorescent full spectrum daylight bulb that I used for my 10g (60g didn't come with another light/hood- just the filter and heater).

What would be the best light for planted 60g? Or is this 15w enough for my current tank setup. What do you all recommend
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:30 PM   #16
 
i think its depends on what plants do u have there, i use 1x15watt for my 80x40x40cm (about 30 galon) and its enough for my plants such hydrilla verticillata, java fern, hygro sunset, valisnaria gigantea, hygo green etc. u didnt spec your bulb, how long is that 15watt? its a TL5? why dont u post your 60gallon tank?
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:38 PM   #17
 
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i think its depends on what plants do u have there, i use 1x15watt for my 80x40x40cm (about 30 galon) and its enough for my plants such hydrilla verticillata, java fern, hygro sunset, valisnaria gigantea, hygo green etc. u didnt spec your bulb, how long is that 15watt? its a TL5? why dont u post your 60gallon tank?

I currently have Anacharis and Anubias. I will purchase more plants of the same kind when I put in the new substrate, and *MAYBE* another kind but I doubt it.

The bulb is about 15" long, and its a T8 (one of these junk lights). This is why I'm asking if I should get a better light.

I'll post the picture of the 60 gal after I change things around in the tank with the substrate. Should be next week.
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:29 PM   #18
 
What can I do for the fry to live!

Hi Im new to owning fish and I have had Two platys to start off with for a few weeks now. I have literally only just noticed about an hour ago that one of my fish has had babies. I can only see two and I presume the others may have been eaten. As it is midnight here there is nothing I can do to place the fry into a seperate tank or net because I dont have them. I dont know what to do. I really want them to survive but I feel there is nothing I can do. Is there anything I could do for tonight? Thanks!
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:44 PM   #19
 
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Hi Im new to owning fish and I have had Two platys to start off with for a few weeks now. I have literally only just noticed about an hour ago that one of my fish has had babies. I can only see two and I presume the others may have been eaten. As it is midnight here there is nothing I can do to place the fry into a seperate tank or net because I dont have them. I dont know what to do. I really want them to survive but I feel there is nothing I can do. Is there anything I could do for tonight? Thanks!
The most you can do is try to find some household supplies, like dark colored flower pots, cups, anything that can be used as hiding places for the babies, and try to stick them in the corner of the tank, or where they hang out the most. Make sure to rinse these off extra well though, you wouldnt want any foreign chemicals entering your tank. if you have plants in your tank, i suggest bunching them all up so it provides enough hiding space to make them feel safe.

If you have the necessary equipment, I suggest using a small tupperware container (like a small storage bin- couple gallons, not a kitchen bowl) and placing an air stone in it if you happen to have an extra pump and stone, and that could be temporary until you can get to the store for a breeding net.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:50 PM   #20
 
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Hi Im new to owning fish and I have had Two platys to start off with for a few weeks now. I have literally only just noticed about an hour ago that one of my fish has had babies. I can only see two and I presume the others may have been eaten. As it is midnight here there is nothing I can do to place the fry into a seperate tank or net because I dont have them. I dont know what to do. I really want them to survive but I feel there is nothing I can do. Is there anything I could do for tonight? Thanks!

I had the same issue when I first started. I did have some plants that were already planted so most of the babies hid there and survived.
However if you do not have plants yet, I would do what Groovysunflowers suggested. It is recommended that you get plants though, especially for the fry if there's no separate tank/net.
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