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post #1 of 6 Old 04-05-2008, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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2 pregnant platies, one fry?

My dads new hobby is platies, and i gotta say he's not doing to well. I found a fry in his tank being chased by another fish, so i scooped him out(is that bad?) and put him in a seperate small tank. He has no idea what he's doing so he passed them off on me, who has a very little clue what i am doing.

There's only one fry but the two platies still look pregnant. One looks like she stil has a few, the other looks like she might have around 20-30 (quessing!).
Is it possible that they started then stopped and only Herbie (the fry) survived?

We put them in a breeder box, but i don't want to stress them and leave them in there if the drop isn't for a while. (we can see "eyes" so i imagine it's near that time...)

Thank you for any help!
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-06-2008, 08:16 AM
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it is perfetly fine to take the fry out and move them to a new take. if you want them all to survive that is the only way to do it (unless you keep them in the breeder box until they are large enough to fend for themselves).

if you can see the eyes of the fry inside the mothers then they probably did have a few and then stopped for a while, mine do this sometimes as well. just keep an eye on them and they should deliver the rest soon enough. :D if after a few days they still havent given birth i would take them out of the breeder net until you see more fry swimming around. if they stay in the net too long they migh get too stressed.

hope this helped.... if you have more questions just ask!!!!!
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-06-2008, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much! They still havn't dropped so I think i am going to free them and just add some more plants for them. I think I am going to start cycling a tank so if they still havn't dropped by the time it's ready i'll transfer them in there. Sound good?
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-06-2008, 01:39 PM
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that plan sounds great to me! hope you enjoy your new fish when they come!!!!!!!!!! :D :)
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-13-2008, 09:50 PM
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just a word of advice though. If its a new tank with new platies, then the delivery may not come for more than 2 months. I got new platies, 2 of which were pregnant and none of them has given birth. Its been more than 3 months now and they still havent given birth. So you might wanna remember that the first pregnancy takes a really long time.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-02-2008, 09:33 PM
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platties wont have 20 or 30 babies at one time...or anything close....

and i recommend best to leave them where they are, dont move them around too much...or at all i would recommend. moving too much causes stress which leads to disease or death.

instead i recommend you buy plants, or if you have them already they provide good places for fry to hide.

my platties and guppies, either one has given birth and now i have upto 5 ive counted lil fry swimming around or hiding in the back of the tank, they should be fine. and if they are eaten. hey thats nature for you :) but you'll definetly get survivors
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