Originally Posted by sidluckman
We don't think of goldfish as predatory fish, but in this case it would be a miracle for any of these fry to survive their parents, let alone the goldfish. Not only would I house the platies separately from the goldfish, I would house the fry separately if you intend on raising them.
I love goldfish, but they really are unsuited to aquarium life. Small breeds like pearlscales can perhaps be kept in tanks of 40-55 gallons, but standard goldfish top out at 12" or more and will eventually need tanks in the neighborhood of 150-200 gallons. But a pond is a better option. . .
Thanks for the advice. I know the Goldfish will have to go sooner or later, as you are correct, they do tend to grow in a 39 gal tank, plus they can raise the nitrate levels.
What really puzzles me is that the female has is still huge in size and the one original fish has found a very good hiding place and is feeding well on ground flakes and brine shrimp. Since I really have no interest in raising the fry, I just hope the little guy makes it.
What I can't really figure out is why the female has not given birth to any additional fry. I've been told it could take in excess of a week, or more likely if any fry have been born, they have been eaten. And yes, Goldfish will eat small fry. To be honest, they seem eat just about anything.
Great bottom cleaners. I've only kept Chiclids in the past. First live bearer for me.