03-15-2009, 06:02 PM
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New to fish and platy had a fry
I am completely new to fish ownership. I actually asked for three females because I do not know anything about breeding or raising fry. After getting them into the tank, I noticed that one had different fin types on her bottom. According to diagrams on the internet, one is female and two are male. Well, this morning, I found a couple of fry in the tank. I didn't know the female was pregnant and she didn't match any of the diagrams for pregnant platy that I've found online. Her belly wasn't square and I didn't see the black on the back of her belly. I again research about fry and realised that the adult platies will probably eat the fry. I caught only one and cannot find the rest. The baby is currently sitting in a glass measuring cup and I don't know what to do. I know he will probably die, but is there anything I can do to ensure he/she will live? And, what do I do about having TWO males with a female? Will the males fight? Also, the tank is now cloudy and smells a little. I read in the tank set up instructions that cloudy is normal for a few days. But the smell? I don't think I've overfed. (Twice a day, just a little pinch each time) I don't remember this being so hard with the family fish growing up.