04-14-2011, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by surfnchk
I have a 30 gallon tank with platies and I usually find a baby platy after cleaning my gravel during water changes. I have about 12 baby fry now and have placed them all in a net breeder in the same tank. The first 3 I found have grown to about 1/2 inch but that took like 3-4 months. I'm wondering what the growth rates are (normal ones). Should I keep them in the net breeder or should I move them to a seperate tank all together?
If I need to move them to a seperate tank....is there a special set up?
Thank you all for your help
What are you feeding them? Some baby brine shrimp will accelerate growth rates.
I don't know what all else you have in your tank, but once the fry are 1/2" to 3/4" (about the size of a neon tetra) they won't be seen as food by mom and dad any more and can go right in the big tank.
One caution though - if your platy's are anything like mine, the adults shoot like rockets as soon as any food hits the water so make sure the little guys get enough to eat.
If you're thinking about a separate tank the requirements are pretty much the same with a consideration about filtration with very small inlet and reduced water flow (less current). Sponge filter is great. It's often handy to have no gravel in fry tanks (although I've also used UGF's in fry tanks). But you should try to have some plants, real or plastic, so it's not a 'lab' environment.