03-10-2008, 11:54 PM
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I was doing my daily clean of a piece of my driftwood (to get snails off, ugh), and I happened to see a few baby platies. I lifted the DW up, and a platy was sitting under, and 2 little gray things smae away. I picked up another, and there was probably 1 or 2 more. I tried to get them in my breeder net, but they are too small and quick. I really want these guys to live, as they are my first "batch", but it may be hard.
My tank has 5 pieces of driftwood that provides a lot of hiding spots. Plus, I have live plants, coconut caves, and a 8-12" hamster tube. I saw the babies swim under the tube and driftwood, and the parents actually seem to protect them in a way (stay in the tube and under driftwood). The thing is, I have a Peacock Eel and 6 Tiger Barbs (barbs love to eat) who I am afraid of them eating the babies and have at least eaten 1 already (and the platies eating them, of course). Will my hiding spots provide enough cover for the babies untill I can actually try to get them out, or should I try again tommorow and get them out?
Wow, long post. I know that my platies will most likely have babies over and over again, but I want to save these guys. Thoughts?