03-28-2012, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by kimA
I think one of my female platies is pregnant
, This will be her first load of fry and I have read many articles that say the first time they give birth you cant expect a high survival rate. This is my first experience with platies. I bred orandas before and generally about 6 would make it to young fish out of 50+ eggs. Can anyone give me some advice about the first birth ...
Usually the first time any livebearer gives birth the don't have very many fry. When one of my young female palties I had and raised from a fry had her first batch she only had 12 fry. In the end I had 3 who survived to adults.
If you want to save as many as possible put her in a breeding trap or separate tank right before she gives birth. I have never been a fan of putting the females in breeding traps, i think it stresses them out to much, and i never had a separate tank so i always just put a bunch of floating plants in the tank and when I found fry in plants would put them in a breeding trap. hope this helps