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sbg152 12-26-2008 05:25 PM

platy fish is pregnant and need help
hello:-) i am new to this page and to taking care of fish. i have a 10 gallon tank with 2 male guppies and 2 platies. i believe that teh one platy is pregnant and i was wondering if i have to put her in a breeding net? i would like to be able to keep at least a couple of the fry. i was wondering will she eat the fry and will the other platy or guppies eat teh fry. Also if i put her in the breading net how will i stop her from eating them right after she gives birth? any other advice would be great also.

Kim 12-26-2008 05:36 PM

You will be able to tell when she is ready to drop when her belly takes on a squarish shape. Although putting a fish in a breeder net does usually work, it is very stressful on the mother fish. You need some sort of dense plant (real or fake) on the bottom to give the fry cover. There are some breeder nets that have an area where the fry fall after they are born so that the mother can't eat them. The best option however, is to put the female into a separate tank with dense plants (floating and sinking). Most of the fry will hide in the plants and when she is done giving birth you can take the mother out.

However, livebearers can give birth to 100 fry at one time. Unless you have room to keep them or at least a tank to let them grow up to a sellable size (you won't get much $$ for them, you may even have to give them away for free) you will soon be overrun. If you only want a couple fry I suggest that you let her give birth in the main tank. As long as you are around you should be able to catch a few of them (use a small glass as the fry will be too small for a net) and stick them in the breeder net until they are large enough to not become a snack. If you miss the birth this time and are not able to find any survivors, not to worry, she will give birth again in about a month.

I know it sounds cruel to let them be eaten (I have struggled with the same issue myself) but it is better to let nature take it's course and have a moderate number of healthy, happy fish, than an overrun tank which is not healthy for any of it's inhabitants.

Hope this helps.

sbg152 12-26-2008 05:52 PM

thank you. i think i am just going to keep her in the main tank and keep an eye on her and when she has them try to catch a couple, just like you said. i think the stress of just getting her is bad enough for her, i don't want to seperate her. i tried the night i got her cause i knew nothing about taking care of a pregnant fish and she got a little mad. So i don't want to do that to her again. And i don't think she is near being ready to give birth, she's not real big and the gravid spot is not either, so i think a may have a little bit to go. thanks again, i really appreciate it. by the way, how is the betta you rescued. i hope you get to keep it.

sbg152 12-26-2008 06:04 PM

I was also wondering would a 2.5 gallon tank be big enough for the fry. until they get big enough to put in the main tank.

Kim 12-27-2008 08:08 AM

The 2.5 should be fine as long as you keep on top of maintenance. And yeah, if she is not really big she still has a way to go. By the time she is ready she should appear to be close to busting ;)

The betta is doing very well. I hope I get to keep him too! He now has fin regrowth all along the edges of his tail. I'll be updating my post soon with new pictures. Thanks.

sbg152 12-27-2008 11:35 AM

thanks for all your help. i really appreciate it.:) i'll talk to you later

JHK30 12-30-2008 07:02 PM

well yes the guppys and HER will eat the fry no doubt but if you put her in the breeding net chances are she will get stressed and not give birth or they will come out dead. Also If your going to put her in the breeding net get a plastic one with a V shaped insert so when the fry come most of them will fall to safety. or you can get one that hooks up to an air pump and it sucks the fry into a special holder away from the mom. or you can just put hiding spots and save 5 fry.

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