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watts300 03-26-2009 06:33 PM

Fat Platies
It appears as though my three platies got fat in the last 8 hours.

Here they were this morning (I wasn't necessarily aiming at them, so it's not real close or well focused.. but you can still see)...

And this evening.

I would think they're all just pregnant, but the male is big, too.

Pretty strange...

eileen 03-27-2009 12:55 AM

Looks like it might be a platy balloon molly mix. I think that you will be having babies soon by the pictures. They will stop eating just before having the babies maybe even 3 days before.

watts300 03-27-2009 05:57 AM

How soon are they mature to breed? I got all three when they were much smaller... Maybe one-half to one-third this size. That was about a month ago.
Maybe they're 2.5 month old? I don't know how old they were when I got them.

watts300 04-24-2009 11:32 AM

Just as I figured, it's not a platie/molly mix, nor do I have pregnant platies.

Turns out it's one of the different types of food I have.
Dainichi baby sinking pellets makes them bloated.

It's not diagnosed by a "professional" I just deduced it by feeding habits.

By varying the flake/pellets ratio over time, I noticed that more pellets causes them to bloat.

Perhaps it's just because the pellets are more dense taking up more space in their stomachs, I don't really know. But to solve (or minimize) the problem I will feed more flakes first and wait until they've all been consumed keeping their attention to the surface.
Otherwise, the falling pellets diverts them to the bottom and they eat more of them.

The loaches actually come to the surface for flakes, too, but I'm sure they'll dive back down for the tasty pellets when it's their turn.

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