06-14-2011, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Ashey20002
I was doing a water change and cleaning the rocks in my 10gal. tank. Using a water siphen to clean with. After removing aprox. 3 .5 gal. my daugter saw a small fish swimming in the tank. I checked the bucket and saw another one in there. I was able to get the one in the bucket back out and put it back in the tank. The only problem I think I have is that I don't really have a place for the new fish to hide. No floating plants...only a small cave that the other fish swim into also. I take it since one was in the bucket they are hiding in the rocks. I have only found two. Do you think there are more. I have three zebra danio, but have had them for more than three months, 2 platy just recently got them about a month ago, 2 cory catfish have had them for about 2 months.
How can I tell what kind of fish they are and what should I do?
Congrats on the fry
The platys that you have are they male or female? If you have at least on female platy my guess would be the platy. Often when you get female livebearers from the store they will already be pregnant. For hiding places you can add some fake plants in to give them a place to hide at, if you do not want to do real plants. The fry are good at hiding and from the experiences that I have read from others the will even hide in the gravel. There is a possibility that there could be more that the other fish have not gotten yet. Couple of things if you have one female and one male platy you can expect fry from the female about every four weeks. Also if you have one of each sex on the platys you really should consider getting another female platy. It is recommended to have at least two females with one male, so that the male does not overly harrass one female.
What to do is really up to you. With platys you will continously have fry, if kept in the main tank most of them will be eaten by the other fish, but there are bound to be some survivors from each drop. You have to decide how you are going to handle that situation, do you have people to give the babies to once they get big enough, or try to see if you could sell them to your lfs? You could always add another tank or two to the collection which would allow you more room, mts (multi tank syndrome) seems to be rather easily catchy once you get into this hobby
Hope this is helpful...