hi my name is david and I have a new 10 gallon tank with 6 platys with 3 males and 3 females a male crowntail betta a mystery snail and 2 chinese algea eaters that I got yestarday I woke up this morning and saw a fry I was able 2 catch 2 and put them in the breeder(mesh box inside the tank) and saw another 1 that I lost so how many babys do they birth and what are the chances they will survive if I don't catch them and put them in the breeder tank and my betta seems to protect them from the adult platys he was right next to 1 and didn't try 2 eat it and stays under the breeder I have in there and chases every1 but the snail away from a corner in there tank is that normal behavior and how much do I feed the babys I have liquid small fry food that my father gave me that I put some on my finger tip and swirled around the breeder area and I the other 2 females look like they r gonna give birth soon how can I tell if they r gonna give birth
Ty for any answers in advance I have experiance with tropical tanks but not live bearing fish any help will be greatly apreciated
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The tank you have is currently too small for the numbers of fish you have, and male Betta will not get along with the platy's for long.(despite what you may be observing or have heard)
Bettas are best kept as single specimen due to their aggressive nature, and they prefer much warmer water 78 -82 degrees F than the platy's who prefer cool 72 to 75 degree F temps .
The Chinese alage eaters are actually not a very friendly fish as they mature,(agressive) and they are reportedly not from China, nor do they do a very good job of eating algae except for when very small.(platy's would actually be better at eating algae)
The platy's will continue to breed if condition's are favorable and you could soon have way too many fishes for the ten gal tank.
Perhaps fish store would take some of the fry off you hands, but you will need to raise them for six to eight weeks before they are large enough for most stores to accept.
The platy fry will do well on algae based foods, or veggie fakes that you can crush into near powder with you finger's.
Would also suggest some floating plant's such as pennywort,or water sprite, which will provide young fry with places to hide and in this way the adult's may not eat too many.
Adult livebearer's have no maternal insinct's and will happily eat the fry they can catch.(so will the Betta)
Fry in breeder net's should be large enough by four weeks to not be considered food by the adult's but still possibly too small for trade.
Ten gal tanks are hard to maintain due to small volume of water if more than one fish is being kept or possibly five to eight small fish such as tetra's.
Weekly water change of near 50 percent would/will in my view be mandatory or possibly twice weekly depending on what test kits say regarding ammonia levels.
If this tank is less than one month old with fishes mentioned, I would be performing daily small, two to three gal water changes depending again on what test kit says.
You do have a test kit ?
Ty I've had the chinese algea eaters before and I know they get huge but they are for my fathers 100 gallon african cichlid tank when they get big enough same as some platys when they start to overcrowd they are gonna be cichlid lunch and the tank is new but the water is 2 years old when my father got the tank for my daughter he grabbed water and graval from his 50 gallon livebearer tank that he just let's nature take its course and doesn't even try to save them hence why I have no idea what to do and I have kept bettas with all different types of fish its acually a myth about their agresivnes it all depends on their personalitys and if they think they are in someone elses territory they tend to be more passive than anything but I must have 1 that's soft in the head or something because he won't touch the babys I watched all day yestarday I kept seeing the 1 I lost and the others chased it but not the betta and my father told me to change 2 gallons every 2 days for the 1st 6 weeks
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That information which I have shared, can be found in any recently (last 20 years) published book on aquarium fishes . If I were sharing an opinion, I would tell you as much.
I am not trying to sell you anything but rather provide you with info to help you.
You are of course free to believe,or do as you wish.
Good luck.(you'll need it)
I was askin about how can I tell my platys are going to give birth and how many they have Ive kept bettas and chinese algea eaters for 10 years but never any livebearers and I know its not normal for the betta to not eat the babys so I was curios if anyone else has ever seen that before
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I certainly agree with what 1077 advised, both times.
As for the livebearers, this info is contained in our profiles of the species, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page.
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