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post #1 of 5 Old 09-14-2008, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
Dwarf Platy genes?

Im thinking about getting dwarf platys but will they have gene problems like balloon mollies? or are they just normal platys that are just smaller?

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-14-2008, 11:19 AM
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Dwarf Platys as they're called arent really a mutated gene fish, fish in the wild excrete chemicals in the water that stunts the growth of younger fish, its pretty much natures way of population control, most likely the fish you have are just stunted young platies that would have normally been used as feeder fish or just been culled and they won't have any health problems in a well kept tank. It sounds like the store you got them from has found a alternate way of selling these fish.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-21-2008, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
so then there shouldnt be any problems like that of the balloon Molley right?

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-21-2008, 11:16 AM
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I don't think so. Usually health problems arise when the fish has become physically deformed due to breeding for a specific trait (i.e. balloon variants, the bent spine and deformed mouth of a blood parrot, the body shapes of many fancy goldfish, etc). I think "dwarf platies" are just a morph bred for their smaller size, so they should be fairly healthy.

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-06-2008, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
im guess they will breed with a normal platy too right? because all I see around here are the same kind of coral reef sunset platy. I want a new color so im going to breed it with somethin else. Hopefully, itll keep that dwarf gene

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