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hey im new to fish keeping and yesterday i bought 5 female platies and today i saw a baby and i think one of ...
hey im new to fish keeping and yesterday i bought 5 female platies and today i saw a baby and i think one of them could be pregnant but i have not seen any others and now the 1 i did see has gone can anyone tell me what has happened p.s i think i saw him swim by the filter and get suckes in.
My fry are pretty good about avoiding the filter. Keep looking the baby could still be in their hiding. Sometimes, parents will eat their own fry. If your tank is large enough to accommodate a breeders net, you can place the fry in the net, to keep them safe.
Platy give birth every 3-4 weeks They can have anywhere from 5-50 fry at one time. A pregnant female, will get large in the stomach area. The belly will get a squared off look, when she is ready to give birth.
If my calcuculations are correct, you tank is around 15 US gallons.
I think you can leave the fry in that tank, by either using the net or adding plants and decor for the fry to hide in or behind. I think the gourami will see the fry as a yummy snack as well as the adult Platy. The breeders net, probably the safest choice, till they grow a bit.