12-15-2008, 08:51 PM
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Fishkid, take a look down at the platies from the top. If you can easily see that they are swollen when viewed from above, they are close to delivering fry. If they are not obviously swollen when viewed from above, you still have some time. It would be best if you can get the new tank cycled before putting any fish into it and Kim gave you a key to hurrying that process. A mature filter sponge in the new filter will help a lot in getting the tank cycled quickly. If only one of the females is about to deliver, ypou could probably move just her and things would be stable with that sample of filter sponge helping out. Once she delivers the fry, move her back and leave the fry alone in the tank to grow bigger. They are a bioload so even the fry should be able to keep the new filter cycled with that sample of mature media in it.