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Rose663 04-16-2013 07:47 AM

Platy Fry question
Hi. I currently have a tank set up just for fry after my platy had around 30 babies about 6 weeks ago.
I lost a few when they was in breeding trap and thought they would grow better with more space.
Some r growing brilliantly, and will b moved into maim tank im next few weeks. Others however seem small still and not as strong. I feed crushed flakes 2-3 times a day and change water once a week about 50%.
Just wondered if anyone had any suggestions how to help them?

Thanks for reading
Rose x

Chesh 04-16-2013 09:18 AM

It sounds like you're doing a great job caring for the babies!

Keep in mind that not all fry are created equal, and with any brood there WILL be some that are smaller, weaker, or have genetic issues that will keep them from thriving. In the natural world these would be the ones most likely to be predated by other fish (which is one reason why live-bearers have such large broods). In tanks, many of them are often able to live to adulthood. . . the age and condition of the parent fish, especially momma, also plays a big role in how hearty the fry will be.

It sounds like you're doing the best you can, keep up the good work, and try not to be too dissapointed if they don't all make it. . . it's just nature, and while it might be sad, it probably has nothing to do with your care! If you keep on like this, you'll likely be drowning in Platy before too much time has gone by! Good luck!

AbbeysDad 04-16-2013 11:12 AM

+1 It can be sad but not all fish in a brood will grow as fast and as large as others and there's not much we can do. All we can do is provide good nutritious food and clean water - the rest is up to nature.

MoneyMitch 04-16-2013 02:55 PM

ever hear something called the "runt" of the litter? its just natures way - not much I can think of to make them more evenly paced as far as growth goes.

RackinRocky 04-16-2013 10:43 PM

I fed my baby balloon mollies frozen baby brine shrimp (make sure its BABY brine shrimp) in the morning, and Omega One veggie flakes, crushed to a powder in the afternoon. They still are only 1.5 inches long, and 6 months old! They are in a 55 gallon tank now, and have been since they were a month old, so I have no idea why they are growing so slowly.

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