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Rip 07-26-2011 10:59 PM

Platy Breeding Age?
 
i have 3-4 batches of platy fry, all from the same parents. the oldest are getting to be 3.5 months, and i can just start to be able to tell the sex. i've read that this is also around the time they can start having babies of their own. is this accurate? and if so, if it's just a bunch of fry in a tank, with the mother, are the chance high that they'll start doing the wild thing at such a young age? there are no mature adult males in the tank to chase the baby females. or will the male fry try to mate with the mother or the sisters at this age? i want to seperate them so this doesn't happen again, cuz i know i have about 40-50 babies already. but i can only tell the sex on a few of the males now.

zof 07-27-2011 11:45 AM

Your right on there, pull the males out as they develop to prevent more loads of fry. 4 months old is about the right age for a fish that only lives about 2 years to start breeding.


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