breeding questions
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Livebearers » breeding questions

breeding questions

This is a discussion on breeding questions within the Livebearers forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> im interested in breeding livebearers whats should the ratio of males to female for platys, guppys and swordtails? now for my second question i ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Platy
Platy
Platy
Platy
Reply
Old 11-12-2008, 11:47 PM   #1
 
srb325i's Avatar
 
breeding questions

im interested in breeding livebearers whats should the ratio of males to female for platys, guppys and swordtails? now for my second question i currently have 4 platys in my tank 2 male and 2 female and they've been in there for a little over a month now and i was wondering why they havent bred?
srb325i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2008, 11:56 PM   #2
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
Sometimes, with the stress of a move, females can hold their fry longer than they normally would. Also, if they are very stressed, they might abort the pregnancy and become pregnant all over again.

A really good ratio would be three females to every male, although 2 females to each male also works well.
iamntbatman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2008, 10:49 AM   #3
 
Oldman47's Avatar
 
SRB, your platies have bred. If you do not see any fry in the tank you may have missed the delivery and not have enough hiding places for them to survive long. Platies will deliver fry about every 4 to 5 weeks so chances are good that it has happened by now. Adequate cover in a small tank can be quite hard to supply because the other fish in the tank seem like they are everywhere in a small tank. The fry need enough time to get under cover and hidden before they are discovered. I use a very large clump of java moss to give enough hiding places in a 10 gallon. I can get away with a smaller clump in a bigger tank because the fry will have time to find it before being eaten.
More females for each male would be a better ratio but that would only reduce some breeding pressure on the females. It will not make the delivery more or less likely to succeed.
Oldman47 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2008, 07:37 PM   #4
 
GuppyColorMaker's Avatar
 
I'd say the ratio for guppies is 1 male for every 3 females. The males could accually kill the females from stress if there is only one male.
GuppyColorMaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2008, 09:16 PM   #5
 
Highland lake13's Avatar
 
I would say that they have bred and the fry were eaten. If you have no plants or places were the fry can hind then it will be hard for the fry to survive. Just to make the point again i keep my guppies at a 5:1 ratio and they normally breed. However i keep my swordtails at 2:1 and they also breed. I would say you should buy more females and create more hiding spaces.
Highland lake13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2008, 10:43 AM   #6
 
jr.masterbreeder's Avatar
 
i've never had problems with 1 male to 2 female ratio for any livebearer whatsoever. I've actually had a very high turnout rate of fry and healthy adult fish afterwords. just seperate the male and female for about a week or so afterwords.
jr.masterbreeder is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Platy breeding questions. jd8521 Fish Breeding 6 11-23-2009 08:00 PM
Acidental breeding questions garyk19 Fish Breeding 3 10-22-2009 10:51 AM
Breeding questions! kald Fish Breeding 10 10-06-2009 10:27 PM
Breeding Questions Cody Fish Breeding 25 03-06-2008 06:38 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:07 PM.