03-21-2014, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Sylverclaws
It is. Fun facts about livebearers is they can hold sperm, pause pregnancies, and even grow multiple broods at the same time. =) They can hold sperm for up to a year without fertilizing eggs, or they can do so monthly, sometimes multiple times, for that time period as they choose after only one mating! It is very common for them to have 5-10 or more babies and then drop more a couple weeks later, this indicates they had two or more broods growing at the time. Sometimes if a female feels things are not...that great at home, she can start a batch of babies, but then pause it and do so for months if she so desires.
Also, not all of them get that huge. I have a couple platies that rarely show much in the belly area when pregnant and still give birth to a dozen or more fry here and there. Sometimes they will get large though, even if it's not normal for them to do so. One of my normally small brood carriers suddenly started having large 50+ batches of babies and would get quite large.
Wow! that's pretty fascinating. Thanks for the info :)