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rachel1811 04-07-2010 12:56 PM

platy shapes
Me again with another dopey question :lol:

Are male n female platys different shapes? 4 of our platys are kinda short n rounder but the other 1 is like long n sleek. They all looked the same when we bought them.

I looked at the fins and they all looked fan shaped. The skinny fish now looks pointy on the fins. Can they change???

Thanks in advance


fryup 04-07-2010 02:58 PM

are you sure there all platy???....i know that some swordtails are quite slender....also are the fatter ones female and the skinnier 1 a male ...that could be the answer...if you dont know how to sex them then post some pics we can help :):):)

rachel1811 04-07-2010 03:22 PM

3 Attachment(s)
Pictures...i know the pregnant 1s r female lol the 1st 1 is the different shaped 1 n has never been pregnant


fryup 04-07-2010 03:25 PM

i know that if a platy is born "different" they wont breded female has like a zip zag back from above...sad for me really really want fry ....i guess il hav to make do with my guppy do you know how to sex them ???...:):):)

fryup 04-07-2010 03:26 PM

oh and wich 1 in the first pic coz i see 3 you mean the red 1 ???...:):):)

rachel1811 04-07-2010 03:31 PM

As far as I understand...the anal fins r fan shaped if female n pointy if male. Could b wrong. But the diff shaped fish had fan shaped fins but theyv got pointy so I really dont know. Thanks for helping me


rachel1811 04-07-2010 03:32 PM

Yeah sorry, dont have mollies anymore :)

fryup 04-07-2010 03:47 PM

yes by the sounds of it you had young males that still had a fan shaped fin and then as they matured they developed the long fin ...thats called a gonopadia ...i think :):):)

rachel1811 04-07-2010 04:49 PM

Thanking u kindly, ur marvellous :)


fryup 04-08-2010 09:00 AM

cheers if you have any more questions get them posted and we will try to help :):):)

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