Yesterday I woke up to ~3 to 4 what I think are platy fry in my DT. There had not been any attempt to breed. I had identified all the platys as female. LOL I only have more than one Platy. There is a single Serpae in the tank w/ the platys.
I apparently can't tell the difference between the genders!
There still seems to be several fry this afternoon. I can't find them when they are hiding. The only time I see them is when they go from one hiding place to another. One was moving in a particularly open space when he/she decided there was too far to go and turned around and scooted back. So I can't move them to a separate enclosure which I don't have but can get if it is warranted.
Question #1: What do I feed them after I get them isolated If I can)?
Question #2: Which breeder box is easier to deal with? Mesh in the tank or the Marina one that hangs on the outside of the tank?
Question #3: How long after insemination are the fry typically delivered?
Question #4: What should I expect from adding 6 Black Neon to the DT in two weeks? Will the fry have grown sufficiently to be able to fend for themselves?
I better quit silly questions while I'm ahead!!!!
HORRAY FOR BABIES!!!
Congratulations on what I'm assuming to be your first brood! :-D
I've had so many Livebearer fry born on my watch, you'd think I'd be over it by now, but I STILL get excited every.single.time. Can't help but swoon for the teensy little things! ^.^
There is NO such thing as a silly question - I was asking these exact same questions not too very long ago myself - all of us started somewhere! Let me see if I can help with any of them. . .
The other fun thing about livebearers is that they are almost ALWAYS already pregnant when you bring them home - even if males and females were kept in separate tanks at the shop.
And since I'm betting you're going to ask, I'll go ahead and say that from what I've seen the size of the brood can vary greatly, too. I've had fish that only have a few fry, and others that have had dozens. Sometimes they're born all at once, and sometimes momma will have a few, then wait a few hours or days and have a few more. Livebearers are so full of surprises. Of course, the surprises almost always involve tiny live-bearers appearing out of nowhere!
As for fending for themselves, you've already noticed that the little ones are smart enough to head for cover and stay there. I don't try to 'save' the babies born in my Platy tank anymore (there have been too many, if I did, I'd be over-run by now!), but there have always been a few survivors who managed to make it out. A lot of that probably has to do with the plants and hiding spots in my tank, though, so a lot of this will depend on your setup -and if you manage to catch the little buggers and get them into a breeder box!
I hope that helps out a little bit. Good luck with your little ones, and congratulations again!
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