03-02-2010, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by eileen
The black one you saw in the pictures lower right is ok. I noticed that when they eat alot of powdered food they get big tummys. When I put the babies in a clear container to take pictures I noticed one of my yellow/black ones had a deformed tail and had a hard time to swim so I took that one out and it became food for my angelfish in the big tank. So you think that I should have kept the yellow babies?I did not think that the colors will develop into bumblebee patterns as most platies are born with the colors already. I know the mickey mouse ones develop the mickey mouse tail pattern later but was not sure on these bumblebees platies. When your Platy had the babies were they a mixed of 4 different colors coming out like mine?
ABOUT SHIPPING FISH
I shipped some fish to a person that I bought some endlers from e-bay. It turned out that his breeding stock of the Tiger/hybrid endlers had something and they all died. I sent him some of mine to restart his original stock back up. I never shipped before but he sent me breather bags and I reused the box from the USPS. It was a priority mail cube box that was insulated with styrofoam on all sides and with a lid. taped up really well. The breather bag sat on newspaper and was wraped in newpaper and placed in the center of the box. The heat pack that I used was a 72 hr pack that was taped to the lid then closed and sealed and taped up this box with pkg. tape. I put a kitchen tall plastic bag in the box first then the styrofoam box with the breather bag and the heat pack on the inter lid. I then twisted the kit. tall bag and put a rubberband and cut off the excess. In case of any leaked water.
The shippng fee for this box priority mail form the USPS was about $6 add the heat pack about $2 . It depends on how much water is in the box. 1 cup- 1 1/2 should be about fine. Just when they ask if you have liquids in the box say no. If they know you are shipping fish it could be a problem. Put a arrow this side up and fragile on the sides of the box. If shipped on Monday you should get it by Wednesday in the mail. I have had shrimps sent tp me from the East coast and got them on the 3rd day. I like the 3 day heat pack as the priority shipping takes about 3 days. Breather bags are great as the fish are not stressed from the water going from one side to the other. It has no air in the bag and I always put a hornswort plant in the bag as this will absorb any fish waste. Another thing is to fast the fish for 1 day prior to shipping them. Less waste in the breather bag during shipment. I do this by putting them in a floating container like a breeder box. If you are going to ship your babies for free the shipping is not that much and babies do better since they are small. I shipped the above a nice group of 28 frys to restock his losses and they all arrive alive and fine. I think that their is a web site to help ship fish in breather bags and that's how I learned to ship. I also helped a friend ship some fish. She shipped in a flat rate med. sized styrofoam box for about $10-$11. This flat rate box will be more expensive but You can ship any weight inside this box. I think they have a smaller size flate rate for less. I like the priority mail cube box. You can get these boxes free at the United States Postal Service. I would have the person pay for any materials that you used to ship them + postage if you are going to charge for the fish you are sending also.
My bumblebee platies only had two visible colors when they were born. Yellow-y and blacky-brown. Mine are only actually 2 days old (it seems longer than that... but i wrote down she gave birth February 28th), so I can't tell you how they'll grow up. Platies are born with some of their color, but some of it develops later I think. If yours didn't have much black spots on them, then they probably would have been mostly yellow colored. I would have kept them just because I still think the yellow ones are pretty. Some of the babies that are solid yellow right now will probably develope some spots when they grow up, I think. Lots of my platies don't have all their colors when they are first born... they have to get bigger first. Though I think you can get a good idea with bumblebees whether they're going to be predominantly yellow or black based on how they are born.
Like I said I only noticed two colors. I have some twin bar platy fry (that don't have the black in their tail yet) so those get mixed with my bumblebees except for the bumblebees that have a lot of black on them (only two
Anyways sorry for that rambling... I do that a lot. Might have repeated a bunch of things hope you got something out of that! XD I'm no expert at selectively breeding fish... no clue how they do it, I'd think the fish wold get retarded after a few generations. No clue how they come up with new strains!
Also about the shipping... I don't think I would ship fish 2-3 day priority mail. I'd prefer overnight because I'd feel bad having to keep my fish in there for 2-3 days...I saw some flat rate overnight boxes for 15$... though depending if they are close by it would be cheaper to ship normally. I was looking into selling my fish online when the babies grew up. Doubt I'm going to do that though. I don't have anything rare, and I doubt people would pay 10-15$ shipping for the same fish they could get the at a LFS for a few dollars more.