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ruby716 08-26-2011 02:37 AM

pregnant platy?
Hi everyone, i have a 10 gallon with 3 platys.. 2 males and 1 female.. when i first got this platy she was much smaller, and her stomach didnt look big.. but she has the biggest appetite of all of the platys and i dont know if she got fat or what, but here is a picture of her.. after she eats she looks even bigger than this, but thats just prob from her just being filled up from food

Beaches 08-26-2011 07:44 AM

I would say yes! and if there are males in the tank with her then most definitely.

BarbH 08-26-2011 11:15 AM

As said if she with males than she is most definitly pregnant. Some of the signs to look for to tell that she is getting close to dropping her fry, is that she starts to square off, when looking at her from the side instead of looking rounded her back end will start to take on a more box shape appearance. You may or may not see a gravid spot, depending on her coloring. On some of my platys I can see a gravid spot and on my darker colored girls I never do see the gravid spot. When she is getting close she may start hiding more, amongst plants, behind the filter intake if you have an HOB, and any other area. Also some fish will start becoming more aggressive. Most wil also become uninterested in food when they are close to dropping their fry. When they are close to dropping they will start to produce a hormone which usually keeps them from eating their fry while they are dropping. If you are wanting to raise the fry you have a few choices of what you can do for setups, if you have any questions I can give you some ideas. On the note for your ratio, with livebearers it is recommended that you keep a ratio at least of 2:1 female to male. Male livebearers basically have two things on their mind to eat and to reproduce, and they can harass a single female to death. With two males to one female she will constantly be under their harrassment. With a 10 gallon you are a little bit limited on space, you may want to consider returning one of the males and replacing him with another female.

AbbeysDad 08-27-2011 08:48 AM

Time and a watchful eye will tell the tale. I'm not sure yours is or isn't pregnant. I have 4 adult female Platy's - two red wag and two sunset mickey mouse. They are full bodied because, well, they are pigs. I swear they seem like they would eat until they burst.
Some say different, but if you wish to raise the fry, you should be prepared to move the fry soon after birth, lest they become FOOD. Otherwise the fry will be hunted by the parents until they are large enough to no longer be considered a tasty morsel.

dormfish 09-04-2011 01:51 AM

I have a platy that looks very similar to yours, as far as the belly goes. I think your fish may be, especially if she's gotten so much bigger after you got her. I just bought mine today, and I'm sure there were several males in the tank with her at the store. I have a 10 gl tank also with 2 mollies, 2 platys and an algae eater. I certainly do hope mine is. I'm in college, and I have several people in my house ask if they can have some of the fry for their own tanks.

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