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cassaroo 03-03-2010 08:17 PM

Platy Fry Mass Deaths
We had bought a very pregnant female platy and when she finally had them 1 long week later we manage to find MOST of the babies(she had to have had a good 30 or so). She had had them before we could get her in the breeder and the breeder we have was a little to small for how big she had gotten.
Well the fry were ok for the 1st few days in the breeder but our of no where after those few days we found a good portion of her fry had died. Now they are in a tank with some guppy fry and all we can find is about 5 (I'm sure some may just be good at hiding).

I was just curious if anyone knew what could have caused so many to die in such a short period of time ?

Angel079 03-03-2010 08:19 PM

When you switched the fry from 1 tank to another do these 2 tanks have the same parameters as far as pH and hardness?
How many times a day have you fed them?

cassaroo 03-03-2010 08:41 PM

i guess i should have phrased that better. we didn't switch tanks just released them from the breeder into the tank itself after we took the female out.

La Reina 03-03-2010 08:51 PM

The stress of buying the female may have caused her to give birth early perhaps causing the babies to be premature...?

cmc29 03-03-2010 08:53 PM

How long have you had the tank running and cycled?

cassaroo 03-03-2010 09:19 PM

it was running for a couple weeks because we had some of the guppies in there before hand. I don't think it was stress from buying the female pregnant, I'd imagine if it was stress she would have had them before we got her home or soon after we got her in the tank.

could it have been overcrowded ?
those breeders arent all that big but them themselves aren't either.

babydevilsangel 04-04-2010 04:41 PM

posted in wrong spot. Sorry!

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