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ironhorse1229 02-02-2008 06:00 AM

no intervention
I have a problem with a platy eating fry before i even see them. I had a Molly that was pregnent then she wasn't. I never saw the fry. I also had a sunburst platy that was pregant. She got skinny all of a sudden, so i assume she had the fry, never seen a one. I have one male yellow platy that is always fat I assume he is the culprit. I don't want to intervean and seperate my fish. would planting the tank more heavily help or should I get rid of the big yellow platy? I would almost be sure he is the reason the fry never appear. The thing is I feed them well I would think he would not eat them but maybe it is a territorial thing. any sugestions?

okiemavis 02-02-2008 08:25 AM

Even the mothers will eat the fry- I'd say it's everyone's fault. Planting more for the fry to hide in will be helpful. The same thing happened to me the first few times my guppies gave birth. They were very young, and oftentimes their first few pregnancies are very small, so none of the fry survived. Now I have 20 or 30 little fry!

Falina 02-02-2008 12:44 PM

Planting the tank heavily should definitely help. Dense and floating plants are best for the fry to hide in.

I agree that it is likely to be all the fish that are eating them. One thing i have fund though, is that of all livebearers, platties are the worst when it comes to eating fry. Guppies and mollies don't seem to bother as much.

willow 02-02-2008 01:35 PM

i echo all of the above,i just wanted to add that you could also
make some caves with plants in front,or make some shelf
layers,i found this really helpful for keeping fry alive,
also for cichlid babies too.

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