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post #1 of 6 Old 03-10-2008, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
Baby Platies

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?
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-11-2008, 11:09 AM
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When I bred live bvearers I fopund one thing to hold true. The strongest ones are the ones who survive. With so many hiding places some will survive. And with them you have more breeding and a few more surviving. I would worry more about too many surviving over time and not having a place to get rid of them.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-11-2008, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
My LFS will take them in if I ever get overloaded.

I added two good sized pieces of Hornwort today. They are in the gravel, not floating. Would this help at all?
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-14-2008, 08:49 PM
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These plants are normal for clown fish... However I found that if you can create an opening underneath where fry can come in and out just enough where the adults can't get them...

I have a (several of them now) smaller version of the one rubber coral, the one in the second picture. I thought it was a cool looking plant... even though it wasn't meant for freshwater fish. After my Platys and Mollys got acclimated to it, the rubber coral became their favorite plant. The love playing it, picking at it. It provides them endless amusement. One time I placed one plant over a hole, the next time I went to clean out the plant I found 6 babies under it, safe and well feed because food floated underneath the plant.

I have place these plant over holes and have found many surviving fry. While having the adults amused...

The first one will not amuse the adult fish as much because it take a long time for the tenticles to soften and separate. and they are not as bouncy... However the decoration looks cooler, the base of it is hallow so it gives fry plenty of room to move around and grow.
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-21-2008, 11:17 AM
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Yes, these plants and driftwood would give them hiding spots but i would propably get some more plants if you dont have 4 or more so try to get them out because those tiger barbs and that eel would kill them in an second if they could.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-22-2008, 07:45 AM
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I have found hornwort to be great for my fry to hide in. They can go places in it that nobody else can follow. I have never even tried to keep fry in a tank with tiger barbs. It does strike me as a futile effort but you might get lucky with them.
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