04-16-2013, 10:40 PM
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When my platy had fry, I watched them being born, and either the mother or other fish ate them before they could even swim away! So be prepared in case that happens. There is no way I could be fast enough to catch them with a net, as they were eaten in about 2 seconds! I have the fake anenomes and fake "Grass" on the bottom, and fake plants floating on the top, in addition to tall anubias (two varieties) and several java ferns. This is in a 55 gallon. Even so, the babies didn't escape. Its been 3 weeks, and no sign of any survivors. I have four caves as well, so there are plenty of hiding places, so its just a matter of the fry being able to swim away in time. When I had a balloon molly give birth in a 10 gallon by herself, I was able to find 6 babies and put them in one of those little plastic breeders, where they stayed for a month, then I turned them loose in my commuity tank, and they all made it!