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post #1 of 5 Old 08-12-2011, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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When to Put In Breeding Tank?

I have a couple platys that I suspect are close to giving birth. They are very large, and gravid spot is visable and a light brown color. They are still somewhat active, but sometimes inactive on the gravel or hiding in caves and being protective of their territory. When would should I add them to my breeding tank? I have pictures but they are not all that great.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-12-2011, 10:31 AM
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I have a couple platys that I suspect are close to giving birth. They are very large, and gravid spot is visable and a light brown color. They are still somewhat active, but sometimes inactive on the gravel or hiding in caves and being protective of their territory. When would should I add them to my breeding tank? I have pictures but they are not all that great.

For moving them to the breeding tank it is better to move them sooner than later. If the fish is moved too close to getting ready to give birth it can cause them to become stress and they may drop too early.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-12-2011, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks. I think I'll add them into the breeder tonight. I'm hoping these are rather inexpensive at Petco. :)
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Ok, thanks. I think I'll add them into the breeder tonight. I'm hoping these are rather inexpensive at Petco. :)
If you are going to use a breeders net or box, than I would wait until you think they are closer. I would also suggest that if you are going to use one of these that you go with the net type which will sit on the frame at the top. The water from the tank will be able to flow through and will keep the fish from sitting in water that becomes stagnant and dirty quicker. If you are able to I would suggest as a better option a small tank like a 5 gall. This would give the fish more room to swim and less likely to stress the fish.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-13-2011, 06:39 PM
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Ditto what Barb said. Also in the small tank add some hiding places for the fry. Mom may eat them.
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