I have 4 high fin platys. (3 female 1 male) I have them in a tank with angels and discus. To my surprise they are doing well in the extreme conditions that discus like. (I.E. lower PH, higher temperature) They are breeding like platys! I have a fry tank that the fry go in as soon as the mother has them in a net breeder. I am currently raising about 80 young. They range in age from 6weeks to a few days.They are very easy to breed. I would start with a 3 to 1 ratio. The give birth about every 28 days. So in a few weeks you will have more babies then you know what to do with. They have about 25 to 40 babies at a time. Remove the babies as soon as possible, the mother will eat what she can.
By far the easiest fish to breed that I have come across yet. Is a nice candidate to get specific coloration because of how fast they breed. The only hard part is keeping up with all the babies. Have you considered some sort of large net breeder if you want to try and allow as many babies to survive as possible?
From my experience yes they are very easy to breed.
Just wondering however if anyone has had a similar experience to mind here:
I despise net breeders - I think they're too stressful. I have a heavily planted tank so many of the fry survive anyway. However, my observation was that of the livebearers I've had breed, platies are the best at picking the fry out of plants and eating them. The guppies hardly ate any and the mollies hardly ate any, but the platies were actually hunting them down and foraging in amongst plants to hunt the fry down.
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