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post #1 of 10 Old 09-19-2012, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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platies i bought at petco

i bought some painted platies a male and female today. one of them the top fin looks diffrent then other platys i have seen the silver one. what type of platy is it? was both supose to be a male and female painted platies.
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-19-2012, 12:43 AM
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He is called a "Hi-Fin" Platy. =) A beauty too. It looks like he may have Mickey Mouse in him, but Mickey came out smudged. "Edit" Oh yes, and I think they're both males. I can't get a good look at the Hi-Fins anal fins though, but the other one is deffinatly a male.

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post #3 of 10 Old 09-19-2012, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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thank you i just never seen that type before. pretty new to platys i just have had betta fish. are they both males? and if one is female can they breed being 2 diffrent types?
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-19-2012, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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is this a better picture ?
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-19-2012, 01:00 AM
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If the other one is a female, they can interbreed. =) I used to have platy, several different types, and they could all interbreed. Technically they're all the same species, they just have different marks, colors and even shapes, but they all interbreed. I've heard they can even breed with guppies and swordtails too, though they're obviously not the same species. I've also heard they can breed with mollies, but I've never tried that personally, though I know a few people who swear by it and even saw some on youtube, but no guarentees with mollies. lol

I take it you're going to breed them, that is so much fun! Just remember to give mom a nice place to rest and hide where others wont be after her all day and night. =) Good luck on your babies, I'd love to see photos if they do happen to breed!

Also, here's a way to tell, females have this sorta fan shaped anal fin(The fin on the belly near the tail), and males like that bright red one you have there, have a more straight pointed one. It kinda hooks when they hold it flat to their stomach, that makes it easier to tell the difference with the boys anyways, sometimes females can be confusing, especially if they have a more heart-shaped fin. It looks like your painted one has that pointed anal fin, but it's a bit may have both females. lol But if this helps you to tell, you can certainly take a better look than I can. =)

*Edit* Your new photo says the painted red one is a male, he's got that hook, still hard to see your hi-fin, but I think it might actually be a female. =) It looks like she has a bit more of a fan than a point. Love the two of them infront of the Shrine. Nice tank!

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post #6 of 10 Old 09-19-2012, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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yes i would like to breed them . i got a old 10 gallon tank i started to cycle i plan to use it as a fry tank. this tank is 20 gallons and a asian dragon theme. also home to a double tail half moon betta 2 tetras that someoen did not want so i took in like a year ago. they can live out there lives and be happy. betta have not shown and aggression to the fish which is great unless they go in his beta log his fav spot best 4 bucks i ever spent

thanks so much for your help and advice she looks like a female to me. and mayby pregnet? i see dark spot on her belly on both sides.
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-19-2012, 07:23 AM
looks like it has mickeymouse in it too me
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-22-2012, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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more newbie stuff about platys i notice that the male is chasing the femlae a lot for mating they are very active fish. i bought 2 more female platys hopfuly to stop this. i do not want her to be stressed out. do platys partner up and only mate with one? or will haveing a 3 females to one male ratio work better? also my curent tank cleaning setup is a water change of 30 percent once a week. they seem to produce a lot of waist on the gravel. i do nto have ammonia problems as of yet.... but its only been a week. do you think instead of a once a week 30 percent water change. a twice a week at 20 percent would be better? love these fish though very active very playful fish.
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-22-2012, 06:40 PM
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I don't have much experience with Platys personally, but i'm guessing since, they are livebearers (like guppies which is what i'm used to) and are from the Poecilia family just like guppies and mollies, The 3 to 1 ratio should be good. I know with guppies you need to have a ratio of AT LEAST 2 females for every 1 male. (3 females to one male being much better). The reason this is suggested is because that way the male won't be chasing the same female all the time. (this can really stress her out.)

I think that a 30% water change per week should be good. However, if this is a new tank that has not been cycled yet, most people suggest not doing water changes at all. (i guess it can restart the cycling process.) Also if you are having problems with a build up of waste in the gravel, I would suggest getting a gravel vacuum (it also makes water changes a lot easier. at least to take water out.)

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-27-2012, 12:23 PM
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The best ratio for Platys is 1m-2f . IME more females than this causes female on female aggression. And my male for sure has his favorite female to chase. I lost 1 female and only then did he show interest in the other. When I replaced the lost female, he ignored the new one.

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