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fishboy5000 01-09-2009 04:09 PM

platy breeding
I'm new to this site but I've kept fish for years. my current fish are 2 sunburst platys (m+f) and 2 peppermint platys (m+f) in a 6.6 gallon tank.I'm trying to breed them but I havent gotten any fry:frustrated:. This is the first time I've tried breeding and I have been doing the norm stuff (regular water changes, feed them every night, 2 large stones with holes in them, one long fake plant, one small fake plant) I just cant figure out what I'm doing wrong. one thing I think might be wrong is I only turn the light on when I feed them but I dont want to change that because it's like a trick: I turn the light on and even before I put food in they're searching the top of the tank for food and nipping at bubbles. can someone PLEASE tell me what I'm doing wrong:roll:

Cody 01-09-2009 04:19 PM

If they are looking for food, then that means they are too hungry which means they will eat their fry. You also should have some type of floating plants, whether it be real or fake to ensure survival rate.

And 6.6 gallons is very small to breed anything. What will you do with all the babies? The tank is overstocked as is IMO.

And lastly, are you sure you have females? If so, be aware that they could hold sperm for months, only dropping when she feels like it.

fishboy5000 01-09-2009 04:22 PM

yeah I'm sure I have females (they have the triangle shaped lower fin I think)
I have extra tanks to put fry in once I get them
the fish are in the right sized tank I think cause each fish is only an inch long
I'll try to get some floating plants too

Should I feed the fish live food? if so what kind?

fishboy5000 01-09-2009 04:22 PM

Oh yeah could someone post a pic of platy fry just so I know what to look for?

Cody 01-09-2009 04:25 PM

Here is an explanation I found of another website that I found a while back when I needed to know this.

"There are many ways to sex a Platy (these sexing methods, by the way, can be applied to all livebearers), but there are two that are more widely used than others. The first method is to observe the shape of the Platy, Females will be longer, and also have wider stomachs (even when not pregnant) than males. The second method (and most accurate) involves observing the three fins on the underbelly of the fish. Female Platy's will have three almost identical fins, two a little further up the belly (closer to the front) than the rear, and with a male, the two frontal fins will be the same, but the aft fin will be much smaller, and pointed."
Platy - Tropical Fish Forums

fishboy5000 01-09-2009 04:31 PM

thanks. I already had heard that before from an unreliable source but now I know its true;-)

Little-Fizz 01-09-2009 05:04 PM

I would avoid breeding in your case, and over feeding. That's the last thing you need. I have a heavily planted 20 gallon with three females and one male and say... 50 fry in the past 2 months. I'm having trouble housing the fry even with the 20 gallon and the two ten gallons I have going for them. But your tank is probably to small for fry to survive unless you put a whole lot of plants in there. And platys poop a lot.

fishboy5000 01-10-2009 06:58 AM

okay I'll try to go get some plants soon. but should I get real plants or fake ones?

fishboy5000 01-10-2009 07:02 AM

could you post a pic of the fry in that tank?

Little-Fizz 01-10-2009 10:42 AM

Personally I would go for real plants. Real plants require more care but IMO they are better looking and add more to a fish tank then any fake plants could. I don't have any pics of my fry as of yet (believe me I've tried) They just move to fast. I'm going to my parents house today so I'll try to use the camera and get some photos for you.

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