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Dtorreshawaii 02-12-2014 06:28 PM

Is my platy okay?
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I got my Mickey Mouse platy a couple of days ago and it was all white except for the Mickey Mouse part. Now it has gotten bigger and his face is turning kinda redish blue. Can someone tell me what's going on please. :-?

rsskylight04 02-13-2014 01:43 AM

Looks like normal iridescence that develops as the fishes scales grow and thicken. His gills do look a bit red, but I think he's ok. Keep an eye on him and if he starts gasping at the surface or resting on the bottom, then I would worry, but if he's feeding well and behaving normaly, I think your fine.
Good luck!

jimscott 02-13-2014 07:50 AM

Is that fish pregnant?

jaysee 02-13-2014 08:10 AM

I think if the fish were a woman, I would NOT ask that question at this point and wait a little longer to make sure :-)

It might be. If it is it's still kinda early.

Crazyfish 02-13-2014 12:16 PM

Looks ok... how did you train it to do tail stands?

jimscott 02-14-2014 06:58 AM

I think Mickey Mouse is actually Minnie Mouse the shape, the area where fr would develop (gravid spot?), the seemingly lack of a gonopodium...

jaysee 02-14-2014 07:11 AM

I agree it appears to be a female.

PetMania 02-19-2014 07:16 PM

I have to say that that platy is a female, and she appears to be pregnant.

jimscott 02-20-2014 08:22 AM

We also referred to Mickey Mouse platties and Gold Crescent platties.

Sylverclaws 02-22-2014 11:22 AM

That platy is indeed female, you can tell by the big fan shaped anal fin(the fin just before the tail fin starts, males have a pointed one that is thinner and shaped more tube-like, they also often hold it against their bellies but occasionally you can see a bit of a bump and what looks like a second very thin fin sticking off below it), and quite likely pregnant. It can be hard to tell sometimes since they are pretty thick fish, but that's 100% a female. I breed them so it's gotten easier to tell them apart after a couple years of it. lol

Now, with the white ones, sometimes they come with the reddish gills, other times it means it may be ammonia poisoning. Just to be safe, check your water parameters and make sure you have ZERO ammonia in there, they can be a bit delicate to it sometimes.

Other than that possibility, it looks like a normal healthy platy. =) Expect possible babies within a week or two! Though since it's a livebearer, it can hold for months, and may just be a greedy-gut, they like to eat and get chubby, so be careful of that. ^_~

This is how a males anal fin looks to give you an idea of which fin we're talking here(I say this because when I first READ it without a photo, I had no freakin idea what they meant! lol).

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