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LadyWater 10-16-2012 08:52 AM

Babies gone?
I purchased a very pregnant platy 3 days ago & placed her and another female who did not appear to be pregnant in a 5 gal quarantine/baby tank. This morning there are no fry and the female no longer appears pregnant. Her belly is no longer swollen and the little black eyes are gone. I have a sponge filter, java moss and some floating live plants in this tank. Can they reabsorb their babies due to the stress from transport? Its such a small tank I would definitely see fry if there was any...any ideas?

SeaHorse 10-16-2012 12:36 PM

Hi LadyWater. Unfortunately Momma fish very often eat their own fry. And if the 2nd female was in the quarantine tank with her she may have helped. When fry are born they float on the surface for awhile. Over the course of the day they will drop down into any cover they may able to find. Do you have any cover? Meaning caves, plants plastic or real, ornaments? When they survive they will stay hidden for a week or 2 only venturing out for bits of food as it floats by. Check these areas if you have any.
Mollies, Platies, Swordtails can all have up to 50+ babies at a time although not usually on their first drop. Also should you have another pregnant female some day, they often/usually drop their fry in the very early morning hours. I try not to put on the light each morning until I scan the corners/surface of the tank for wee ones. Otherwise they splash around and Momma will notice them and gobble them up before you can grab a net.
Take a look around... maybe one or two are hiding.

Sherry1966 10-16-2012 02:32 PM

I have to agree, momma will eat their babies. I have a full tank of platy's, they have lots of cover both top and bottom. I have had 3 babies survive out of the last 3 drops. Which is fine with me. Because I have 4 more females ready to drop in the next week. 200 platy fry is way too many for me. I let nature take it's course. Only the strong survive....

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