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maxw47 03-25-2012 11:11 PM

Pregnant platy question
 
So my female sunburst wag platy had her fry 2 weeks ago. She apeared to have all of them throughout that day/night. But now she looks just as "full" as she did when she had her fry last. Could the fry have developed that fast from the second breeding? When she had her fry, she had about 12, but then proceeded to eat all but 5. If so should I put her in my external tank now, or wait a while? Thanks for the help!

dfish23 03-26-2012 02:26 AM

From what Ive read and expereinced myself they can have their fry anywhere from 20-40 days after getting pregnant, mine have usually been more toward 30 days. so you still have at least a little way to go. and i wouldn't separate her until she starts to square off at he bottom. hope that helps some!

maxw47 03-26-2012 01:08 PM

I agree 100% with what you are saying. But there is something that contradicts it. The platy is already squared off and looks like she is about to pop. She looks just as (or more) pregnant than when she gave birth the last time. I want to leave her in the tank longer, but i'm afraid that she will have her babies in the tank again, and last time the majority of thye fry were con sumed by the tankmates. Thanks for your imput, but what do you think that I should do now?

dfish23 03-27-2012 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by maxw47 (Post 1025347)
I agree 100% with what you are saying. But there is something that contradicts it. The platy is already squared off and looks like she is about to pop. She looks just as (or more) pregnant than when she gave birth the last time. I want to leave her in the tank longer, but i'm afraid that she will have her babies in the tank again, and last time the majority of thye fry were con sumed by the tankmates. Thanks for your imput, but what do you think that I should do now?

That is interesting to hear she is already squaring off.and that 20-40 days is just the normal range and each case is different from fish to fish so less time is possible. so if she is looking like she's pretty close to giving birth again i would separate her if you want to save the all the fry. The only other option would be to monitor her over the next few days as close as possible and wait and few more days before you put her in. and you could put alot of floating coverage in the tank just in case. and also what kind of external tank do you have? is it an actual separate tank? or a breeding trap?

maxw47 03-27-2012 10:01 AM

I was origionally planning on putting her in the extenal tank today, but I think I'll wait until tomorrow or the next day. Ill just kind of see her behavior and act accordingly. My external tank is not a breeding trap. It is actually a plastic aquarium that hhanks on the bigger aquarium. The water flows in and out of it to keep the water the same tempreture, filtration, etc. Thanks for the input and I guess, like you said, every fish is different.
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jsagrav 03-27-2012 10:42 AM

I would make sure you have a lid on the ext. tank!

maxw47 03-27-2012 07:56 PM

I do. That would be pretty bad if I didn't! I think im going to put her in tomorrow. She is extremely squared off and has started to hide in the plants a little more than usual right now.
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