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nottsbabe 04-03-2014 01:58 PM

not sure if my red wagg platy is pregnant
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hi im new to all this and have notice over few days of this 1 fish getting bigger i have 3 female and 2 males i think not 100% if sexed them right but this is pics from 3 days ago and then today can i have some advice please
i have tried adding pics but new to this if they have came up the first 3 pics was 3 days ago the last 4 pics was 10 mins ago may i have some advice please many thanks

lilnaugrim 04-03-2014 03:01 PM

Yes, she does look like she's just started pregnancy! Probably another three weeks though until she births since she doesn't look that far along. Could also just be very happy and well fed lol.

nottsbabe 04-03-2014 03:10 PM

thanks for the reply , yeah im unsure but have got bigger in last 3 days but will keep a eye on her daily just in case as got two other females in the same tank were one looks fine and other seems to be getting a belly on her just not as big as this one so was wondering if she was to lol

lilnaugrim 04-03-2014 03:13 PM

Yeah, she does look preggers though. The last picture she looks a little bit boxy which is generally an indicator. It will still be a while until she births though. :-)

nottsbabe 04-03-2014 03:20 PM

thank you i keep looking for the spot that iv read up about its just so hard as they dont keep still lol it took me a while just to get the pics , if she is would u say its best to leave her in the tank or when further gone put in breeder box or set up another tank for her ? sorry for all questions im new to all this thank you kindly x

lilnaugrim 04-03-2014 03:26 PM

No worries! This is why we're here ^_^

You don't want to stress her out otherwise there could be birth implications so keep her in the tank until she's literally looking like she'll pop. You could even just let her give birth in the tank, some fry will survive if you've got enough plants/decor in the tank. Otherwise the other fish will eat them and it will just be extra good protein for them!

You're talking about the Gravid spot, the spot that is her ovaries which you will be able to see the eyes of the fry. I find this is harder to spot on Platies than Guppies, that just might be me though *shrug*. It will be right above her anal fin, so she's got those two ventral fins on her underside towards the front and then the single anal fin between those two and her tail fin. On a male that is also his sexual reproduction organ called the gonopodium, females it's just the anal fin. So her ovaries will be located behind her intestines above her anal fin there. You won't see it right away but it should get darker as she gets closer and closer to birthing. Once she gives birth you should write down the date somewhere safe so that you know in roughly a months time you will know when she's going to give birth again if you plan to keep the males and females together all the time.

nottsbabe 04-03-2014 03:33 PM

ill keep u all updated of few days x thank you all x

nottsbabe 04-07-2014 10:02 AM

just a quick update i checked my tank this morning to find a baby fish swimming at bottom of tank 1 got eaten i managed to get 3 baby fish to safety in the end . how will i know if she finished having babys as she now in breeding tank with the other female whos pregnant but havent seen any other babys as i have no idea which one as had the babies , thank you

lilnaugrim 04-07-2014 10:12 AM

Ah yeah, that's always a struggle: Which One Had the Baby?? haha. Well, generally after they are done giving birth they will slim down very much! However, I've had guppies who actually had babies through a few days which isn't supposed to happen; I'm not sure if it was a fluke or if she was just healthy. She ended up having more babies a month later though.

Females who are giving birth generally become very still and stand off-ish, they will hide and won't want to be with other guppies. This is always the case though but for the general amount it is. I did have another guppy who was active as could be; swimming around the tank just pooping out babies! So it depends on the individual I guess! I would suggest just sitting there and watching them if this is the case and hope that you can catch her having babies to know which one is having them.

I never really used my breeder box for birthing guppies but just holding the fry afterwards; I would just catch the fry that I found and whatever was eaten, was eaten. I'm not really much help for this part though since all guppies/platies/mollies/endlers are different with their habits and stuff, so the best thing you can do is just watch and see who does what is all *shrug*. Sorry I can't give more detailed information about it!

jimscott 04-07-2014 10:46 AM

It wouldn't hurt to have some floating plants, like Water Spite. Baby livebearers find refuge among the leaves.

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