|BarbH ||08-11-2011 11:01 AM |
Originally Posted by Ebonynivory06
I am relatively new to the hobby and have a 10 gallon tank with 3 red wag platies and 2 sunset platies. I recently added the sunsets and in my opinion they appear to be getting larger. However; I've also been having an issue sexing all of these platies. I know that the male anal fin is pointier and can definately identify a couple of males in the tank, but there are others that sometimes the anal fin looks pointy and others it is relaxed and looks more fan like. Are these males or females and are there any other way to identify the difference? Also if these two platies are pregnant are there places where I can sell them, or what do I do to get rid of them(of course in a humane way) as the tank is way too small to handle the fry. Thank you for all of your input! (I have no pictures, and no way to upload pictures)
Hello and welcome to TFK :-D To answer your first question first on sexing. Some of my females at times will draw up their anal fin, as you have noted when it is relaxed it is fan shaped, definitly females. Around 3 to 4 months of age is when you are able to start to distinguish between males and females. Most of the platys that you buy at the store have already reached sexual maturity, although sometimes you can get them younger than that, and some people have had what they thought was a female become a male. Was always a male but had finally matured.
For your second question, you can check with your local fish stores and pet stores to see if they will buy fish or will even take them. The larger chain stores like Pet Smart will not usually, but check around with the smaller ones. You can also give them away to friends, if you have anyone who is interested, although this option will only last for so long. If you leave the fry in with the adult fish most of them will likely be eaten by the other fish. In my community tank any fry that are dropped in there don't make it long, even with the hiding spots that are available. Although I also have angels and corys in this tank which makes their chances of being able to survive pretty slim. If you are interested in raising the fry there are a couple of options, you can either use a net breeder that hangs in the aquarium and place some of the fry into it. You will need to keep them in there until they are big enough that they don't fit into the mouths of the other fish. Or you can always set up another 10 gallon to raise the fry in. It all depends on what you want to do.