Will my platy still give birth to a fry?
I have some doubts regarding birth cycle of my panda platy but before that i will give you a brief of my tank.
I have a 10g tank. In that I have 2 panda platy, 1 zebra danio, 1 algea eater.
Tank is full step up with heater, filter, thermometer, light, artificial plants and one rock for hiding. Base of tank there are gravels kind of stones.
Right now i have kept one separator and separated danio because he is very aggressive, due to him one of my platy got stressed out even her tail is bit damaged so i separated danio from to platies and algea eater.
I had set this up in 1st week of may. Few days later I felt one of the platy (healthy one) is pregnant but no one believed and everyone felt its just getting fatter later even i started believing it.
But last saturday at night I saw a baby :-D she was so cute. I thought of separating her but then I didnt have anything at that time so waited till next morning. But I could get something for that baby... she died :cry: I couldn't find her any where. I think platy or algea eater ate her :-( I was very sad.
But there was one thing which I noticed something. there was some white fluid or semi fluid kind of substance that was floating and which is still there between gravel. I don't know what it is. Can some one help me with it?
Secondly, I got a small 2.5G bowl/tank thinking that if there would be any more babies then I can put them there. But didn't see any. Can anyone tell me will my platy give a birth again? and what should I do right now or later when she gives a birth? I really want them to survive. Its such a wonderful thing to give a birth and on top of that baby platy are so cute and adorable. I want to see them again :-(.
Will this 2.5G tank help or should get a breeder or should separate the pregnant platy in 2.5G tank? I am very confused. I am new to everything from aquarium to birth.
Can algea eater or danio eat the babies???? ( they both are aggressive)
I really need help in saving a life and helping my fish to give a birth to new ones.
Thanks a ton (in advance :-) )
Sorry for such a lengthy message.
Sorry forgot to mention 2.5G tank is not yet set-up. I just got the empty tank from the store. Don't know whether to use it and how because its small and I won't be able to fit heater and filter in it.
Yes, most fish will eat fry when they are newborn including the parents :(
As for the white filmy stuff, is there any way you can post a picture of it? Do you have any kind of wood in the tank?
If it is rearing fry that you are interested in, then A larger tank will be needed.(30 gallons)
These fish can produce fry about every four weeks with number's of thirty or more not uncommon.
Floating live plant's or artificial plant's on surface, will give fry best chance of not being eaten by adult platy's or other fishes.
!077 offers good advice. Live bearers can overrun a tank in no time. I made the mistake of using platys to cycle my 55 gallon tank because I read that they were hardy enough to handle the process. Now it looks like the tank will be a platy raising tank...not what I had in mind.
Ok. But right now should I separate my platy from others so it doesnt get stressed out? put her in breeding net? and when she gives bith at that time what I should do?
Some will be eaten, but a few should survive.(will have many more)
Moving pregnant fish about to give birth is stressful for the fish and can result in fish giving birth prematurely and still born,deformed, babies.
Can I shift the pregnant platy in other tank and then when she gives birth to babies.. I will shift her back to old tank with other fishes. Is that ok? in that case I will save all babies.
Do I need filter and heater in the new tank?
Yes,you need filter ,and heater for tank's holding fish.
You could purchase small sponge filter for smalller fry tank and run the filter in your larger tank along with present filter for a few week's.
This would allow good bacteria to colonize on the sponge filter and you would alway's have a healthy bio-filter available for moving fry or adult fish to isolation in the future.
Would take safely,,three to four week's for sponge filter to mature and support small group of fish ,or one fish and waste created by same.
Live plant's are also a benefit for all tank's be they planted or left to float on the surface.
they too can utilze the organic waste created by fishes,fish food.
hope some of this help's but as mentioned,,I would leave the fish be unless the fish is being constantly harrassed by other fish.
In uncycled smaller tank you now have? You would need to change water each day for fresh dechlorinated water,and feed sparingly perhaps once every other day for next three or four week's to help prevent toxin's (ammonia,nitrites,) from killing the fish in such an enviornment. IMHO:guitarist:
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