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post #11 of 15 Old 09-08-2011, 01:08 AM
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As said by others if you do not take measures to seperate the fry from the other fish, the likely hood of having many survivors are fairly slim. One of the things is that even with an all female tank it is possible that you could have fry dropped for the next 6 months. Females are able to store the sperm of a male for up to 6 months, so it is possible to have fry even with no male in the tank. Also most females that are bought is safe to assume that they are already pregnant, as long as their was a male in the tank where you bought them from. If you want to make sure that you have no fry at all than the best bet you have is to do males only in the tank.
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As said by others if you do not take measures to seperate the fry from the other fish, the likely hood of having many survivors are fairly slim. One of the things is that even with an all female tank it is possible that you could have fry dropped for the next 6 months. Females are able to store the sperm of a male for up to 6 months, so it is possible to have fry even with no male in the tank. Also most females that are bought is safe to assume that they are already pregnant, as long as their was a male in the tank where you bought them from. If you want to make sure that you have no fry at all than the best bet you have is to do males only in the tank.
I don't think my platys have reached full maturity yet, they're pretty small compared to full grown platys I have seen.

My tank is an 18.7 US Gallon tank. My planned stocked was 3 platies, 8-10 neon tetras, 5 pygmy corys and 5-6 pearl danios. My filter at max cycles 1200L an hour, however I've turned it down to half as my platies seemed to be struggling against the current.
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Platys can start reproducing at a young age 3 to 4 months old. On the last couple of platys that I had bought one was still young and small. She is still growing and has dropped fry once already and is getting ready to drop fry again. Once you are able to distingiush between the males and the females they will be able to reproduce.
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Whoa, 1200 L/hr? That's a big filter you've got for an 18 gallon tank! Turning it down to half is probably about perfect for your tank anyway. You can always baffle the output with a sponge or water bottle if the current is still too strong. My platies seem to occasionally enjoy a nice current swim in the filter output stream though.
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Whoa, 1200 L/hr? That's a big filter you've got for an 18 gallon tank! Turning it down to half is probably about perfect for your tank anyway. You can always baffle the output with a sponge or water bottle if the current is still too strong. My platies seem to occasionally enjoy a nice current swim in the filter output stream though.
haha yeah, I bought everything as a set second hand :). And they seem to be enjoying the current, they stay still against it and seem to play in it. When it was on full blast they did seem to struggle a little too much though.
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