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post #1 of 6 Old 08-07-2014, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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New Platy - jelly like thing?

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I'm a beginner, and I have a 1.5gal tank. I have 2 swordtails, 1 black tetra and recently I bought a pregnant platy. Because I didn't know how long she had been pregnant I bought her a 2-way breeder. I took out the division of it, cus I felt sad about leaving her in such a small space for unknown time. Yesterday I had to take out the black tetra on a separate tank because I found out it had ich. SO I decided to wash the tank completely and make a 100% water change to avoid the other fish gettiing ich too. While I washed the tank I put them on another recepient. My pregnant platy jumped out of the water while I was away. I came back on time (fortunately she was still alive), and put her back into the water. Then I set up the tank again, arranged their plants, used Tetra aquasafe plus, and Tetra EasyBalance plus. I put the back the swrodtails into the tank, and then I placed the breeder in the tank, and put the Platy in it.

Today in the morning when I came in, there was a jelly-like thing on the corner of the breeder with tiny white spots. A friend says those are her eggs, but I have read platies are livebearers. Did my platy have an abortion?

After this I put in the breeder's division in case they are really eggs from which the fries can be born, and also in case she drops anything else. I don't know whether I rather put her out of the breeder or what. She still has a tiny white spot between her anal fins (which I have read it's a symptom of pregancy), though it is smaller than before.

Here you may see the pics of the thing she dropped.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-07-2014, 01:26 PM
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I think she lost the babies. Maybe too much stress? Hopefully after a rest and she recovers from dropping this batch... and after another 28 days she can still drop another batch as they store sperm. I would put her back in the main tank as it is not likely she will drop any live fry. IF you do see any fry they can go into the breeder box for a few weeks.

You mentioned you fully cleaned your tank... you will have disrupted any cycle that you had going and may experience an Ammonia spike. Do you have a testing kit to keep track over the next few days/weeks?

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I do have to say too that a 1.5 gallon is much too small for anything except a Betta or the fry. Do you have anything bigger?

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I think she lost the babies. Maybe too much stress? Hopefully after a rest and she recovers from dropping this batch... and after another 28 days she can still drop another batch as they store sperm. I would put her back in the main tank as it is not likely she will drop any live fry. IF you do see any fry they can go into the breeder box for a few weeks.

You mentioned you fully cleaned your tank... you will have disrupted any cycle that you had going and may experience an Ammonia spike. Do you have a testing kit to keep track over the next few days/weeks?
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I will get the ammonia kit today. I've only had my tank for 3 weeks approximately. I haven't read much about ammonia. And no, I don't have larger tanks, this is my first one ever. Still got tons to learn.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-07-2014, 09:36 PM
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Ok... if only a 1.5... no more fish!! Only the Betta is suited (sometimes, depends on the Betta) to this small tank or a nanofish and I don't know much about them. You are really going to struggle to keep things alive in this tiny tank I'm afraid. Try to keep your eyes and ears open for anyone giving away a bigger tank. Really they are much easier to manage, honestly!
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