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Old 12-11-2006, 06:52 PM   #1
 
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Babies!

New here but with some questions.

. I have 1 sunburst platie
. I have 2 Plecos
. I have 4 guppies one female
. 5 neon tetras
. and some babies that I have no clue who they belong to!

Sorry I dont have any pictures to show you.

Okay, to get right to the point. I believe my sunburst is a female and I bought her prego. Also is she a livebearer? I think she is because I see what I believe to be babies inside of her. There is three right now that I know of light orange tiny babies in my 10g tank. (I know a lot of fish):( But I dont know if its the sunbursts or my female guppies. I cant tell because they are so small and orange. I have a male Bright orange guppie which could be the father. But then again I see babies or fry if thats what you call them.:) in the "female" sunburst platie. I need some real help even if its just tips. Thank you!

Megan....:)
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:02 PM   #2
 
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Hi Megan! welcome to the forum.

you are right in guessing that the sunburst platys are livebearers. and it is indeed acceptable to assume that she was preggers when you bought her. most female livebearers can have fry every 28 days, and some can have several btches of fry with ONE single pairing with a male!

it is also likely that they could be guppy fry as well, if you have both male and female guppies in your tank. unfortunately, with them being so small, it will be hard to tell which type of fish they are until they are larger.

both guppies and platies are livebearers, and are very prolific. so the chances that you will be able to raise babies are very high if you have both male/female livebearers. some recommend that you provide extra cover for the babies...i.e.fry grass, plants, etc. there is also special food you can buy for fry, but not having had any fry myself, i'm not sure if it's really worth the trouble. you could probably just use a turkey baster to squirt some flakes down to where the fry are.

my brother has a sunburst platy that he can "see" the babies inside of when she swims under the light.

good luck! and let us know if you have anymore questions!

Bri
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:51 PM   #3
 
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Thank you so much for your help! With what you said my guess is going to the sunburst. :) I'll be glad of anymore help!
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Old 12-13-2006, 05:16 PM   #4
 
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One thing to consider also is that guppies and mollies will interbreed. I guess it isn't a big deal but for the trade, don't sell the fish if there is ever a question on interbreeding.

It is common to have thyem be prego when you get them. I try not to get prego swords and platties because they never seem to live for me past the first spawn for some reason. The babies are safer in with guppies and mollies because they aren't as bad at eating their fry as swords and platties. Some plants could help but with a 10 gallon I don't know if you want that many to survive anyway. Good luck with them and if you do interbreed, you can get some nice colors and variations but again, please don't sell them back to the LFS.
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Old 12-13-2006, 06:02 PM   #5
 
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hmmm, are you saying that the male guppies could be the sire?

I also dont know what to do with the babies. I have to get rid of some fish. I have too many. :D Anything extra I should do?
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Old 12-13-2006, 06:07 PM   #6
 
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hmmm, are you saying that the male guppies could be the sire?
Not necessarily. Either the mollies or guppies will do.
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I also dont know what to do with the babies. I have to get rid of some fish. I have too many. :D Anything extra I should do?
Either you give them away to your friends or feed them to the other fish. If I were near you, I could ask some and feed them to my angelfish.
There's no need to separate the fry from the main tank. Let nature take its course and you'll be left with the strongest fry. Weaker ones along with deformed ones will be culled via predation.
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Old 12-14-2006, 01:20 AM   #7
 
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I didn't see mentioned anywhere, but I'm concerned for that one female guppy. The males are known to chase the females until they exhaust them to death, so are advised 2 females for each male. You have 3 males and 1 female, which means she's going to have no peace. I would suggest getting rid of her, since the tank is over populated to begin with, she'd be a logical choice to rehome. I can't suggest adding enough females to ratio 3 males, because you already have hit your fish limit in that size of a tank.
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Old 12-16-2006, 09:27 AM   #8
 
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hmmm, as I did notice they were always around her. I never thought of that! I am definately going to rehome them or well you know.

As for the other babies in side of the femal sun, its been a week seince the other ones were born. How long for the others?

Thanks for your help again!

Megan....
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Old 12-16-2006, 09:36 AM   #9
 
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As for the other babies in side of the femal sun, its been a week seince the other ones were born. How long for the others?
I'd say your female may have got gravid again. So expect a new batch in about 3 weeks.
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:55 PM   #10
 
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Average gestation period is 3 - 4 wks.
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