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post #11 of 16 Old 12-19-2013, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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My stoc& that's about it. It's the platy's thare over running my tank. I going to trade of with the fish store I deal with and barter for the angels & bottom feeders.king list is 1 pleco who always stays in his castle, 2 rosy barbs, 1 male swoardtail,maybe about 20 or so platys,3 giant danios
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-16-2014, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by BooBear9 View Post
Can anyon give advice on how to keep my Platy's from eating their fry? I keep checing the breeing nets during the day, but it seems to happen while I sleep? I just saw on e-bay a different type of breeders net, it allows the fry to go to different chambers where the larger fish can't go.
My mama platy did not eat any of her young. Promise. The daddy platy died before birth. She was alone with them and i used no barrier. I always fed them twice a day a plentiful amount. Mom stayed near the top and babies instinctively hid in and around rocks. All 25 babies survived.
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post #13 of 16 Old 01-17-2014, 01:02 AM
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colorless platy young?

My platys are adolescents and still mostly white. Not nearly the vibrant hue if their store-bought mom. What gives? Food choice? Living conditons?
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post #14 of 16 Old 01-17-2014, 11:31 AM
another thing you can try is buying Anacharis, a long plant with a lot of leaves. the fry hide in it. you can usually buy it in bulk where they sell plants for outdoor ponds. be careful, though, because you probably will get snails on the plants. it's a trade off, but I think worth it. I have a huge clump of it floating in my 120 gal. and have tons of platties and mollies to show for it.(and quite a few snails)
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post #15 of 16 Old 03-01-2014, 08:32 PM
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Breeding Grass - I guess you can buy plastic or real types. Some float or some are anchored. Fish fry should instinctively hide in "Breeding Grass" where it would be difficult for adult fish to find them. I also found this one Breeding Box that Marina makes that you hang on the outside of the tank.
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post #16 of 16 Old 03-02-2014, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by rsskylight04 View Post
When i was keeping livebearers I used a 10 gallon tank, heavily planted as a fry tank. as the females got close to birthing, I would put them from the community tank into the fry tank untill they dropped the babies. With all the plants to hide in, the very pregnant mothers couldn't catch many of the fry, and the few she did I counted as payment for the new batch. Idealy you would have two fry tanks, one just for birthing and one for growing the young. The key is for the tank to be full of plants so the fry can conceal themselves and be out of sight from the adult females.
I did the same thing. Water Sprite was a great for baby livebearers. My dad made a 'trap' which was a rectangular plastic container that hung on the tank, with several slots he cut on the bottom, allowing the babies to fall through to safety. It's pretty much the same idea as a 'guppy trap', only bigger and not V-shaped.

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