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Chrysolite 10-19-2010 08:44 PM

Pregnant sunburst platy
So, both of my female sunburst platies are pregnant, but only one is in the breeding trap right now. I was just wondering how far along she might be... and when I should expect fry? Also, what's the max amount of time you can keep a platy in a breeding trap for? Here's a video of her... sorry for the crappy quality. It's hard/impossible to see in the video, but when you look at her, you can see the eyes of the fry in her gravid spot.

kitten_penang 10-20-2010 01:36 PM

lol it actually depends n the one can tell you for sure how long it is from giving birth

Chrysolite 10-20-2010 03:55 PM

Oh, really? o.o I thought it was like, sort of the same for all platies...

La Reina 10-20-2010 05:24 PM

She looks like she's really panting, I'd take her out of there. Do you have a small QT tank you could put her in instead of the breeding trap?

Chrysolite 10-20-2010 08:49 PM

She seems to have calmed down a lot... do you think I should still take her out? Also, what size tank should I put her in if I have to take her out?

zof 10-20-2010 09:23 PM

I'm not a big fan of breeding traps, never used one but seems a bit stressful for the fish, being able to see all the other tank mates but not being able to interact. Did you take that video right after you put her in the trap? That could be the main reason for her heavy breathing and why shes more subdued now. If she stays relaxed and looks at easy I would think you could keep her in there for a couple of days with no ill effect, but you need to remember even pregnant fish like room to swim.

On a side note I've had platys that fat looking for a week or more before finally giving birth its all just a matter of its time when its time.

As for tank size you could probably use almost any size tank as a breeding/nursery tank, I'm getting ready to setup a 10 gallon tank for this purpose but you could probably use a 2.5 gallon or so too just as long as the sole inhabitants are the mother then the fry once they are born. And chances are the mother wont eat any or very few of the fry born until you figure out thats shes given birth and can move her back to the main tank.

Chrysolite 10-20-2010 09:34 PM

About how much would a 2.5 gallon tank cost somewhere like Petsmart? Also, how much would a heater and filter for it cost?

zof 10-21-2010 07:31 PM

No clue never bought one that small, you should be able to find a cheap all in one package at petsmart or walmart for $15-$40.

Chrysolite 10-21-2010 07:33 PM

Kay, thanks. Going to petsmart to buy some fish for my friend's birthday, so I should be able to look then.

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