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Can I keep a male/female platy together with no fry?
I bought 3 sunset platys today and asked for three females as I do not plan to breed nor do I want fry. However, upon closer inspection at home I noticed one has a point back fin meaning it is a male. The platys are not fully grown yet, only being just over an inch without fins.
My question is, is it possible to not have fry if I keep the male? I'm not sure if I can exchange the male for a female and won't find out tomorrow, if not, what are my other options?
Platies aren't guppies... If you don't have hiding spots, and don't take measures to protect the fry, you shouldn't have any.
Fish breed when food is plentiful- Feed your fish 2-3 times a WEEK like I do and you won't have problems. (My fish are perfectly healthy- I feed a generous amount, and some settles on the bottom, but the next day it's gone.)
Might want to invest in some live plants if you want to use my technique though... They help the waste break down, and harbor microfauna to help keep the fish fed.
Its easier to just get all males then female, as some males do not develop as fast so they may appear female until one day they are male. I think what redchigh was going after was in a community tank platy fry will not survive with out plenty of hiding spots, so their is little risk of over population. Even just in a platy only tank the fry will most likely be eaten.
@redchigh, sorry, I thought you meant if I didn't have any hiding spots I wasn't fit to keep platy fry, sorry for the misunderstanding!
They most likely will be eaten as long as the tank is stocked well, you might end up with 1 fry surviving every 6 months or so if there are just a few hiding places.
Cruel but sadly a necessary part of life.
What kind of tank are we talking about and filtration? Also whats the planned stock, some fish are better then others at hunting down fry.
I also have 2 female platies (red wag) and 1 male (sunburst). They definitely mate, about once a month I notice that one of my females is pregnant.
I have a female betta in my community tank as well. It's gross but kind of fascinating- she literally trails behind the pregnant female and gobbles the fry as they are born.
A month ago I discovered a very tiny little red wag platy swimming around skiddishly (about 3 millimeters long). I watched it for about 3 days, and then I'm pretty sure the betta ate that one too. I have a lot of plants and hiding places, but a small tank (10 gallon).
The female who has the fry will not eat them herself for only about 12 hours, and then she will turn on her own babies. If you are not trying to breed, the chances of you ending up with more than 1 or 2 surprise extra fish a year is pretty slim.
Personally I would trade the male for another female if your LFS will do it. I know its the way of nature and all but to have babies born to just be eaten right away seems really cruel. I know I'm just an old softie though. And remember, females can keep sperm for several months after males are removed, but, eventually they will run out.
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