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bryant4131 04-16-2012 11:39 AM

Is my platy about to give birth?
I just bought 2 platies and from what I see, both of them have some pretty good signs that they're about to give birth. My question is, am I right? I don't want to stress them and such, so if I can get any information as to when is a good time to put them in the breeding box would be EXTREMELY helpful. What I'm seeing so far is:

- Their stomach is starting to square off (shape of a square'ish that is).
- The white ball/bulb near their anus is visible.
- Those are the two biggest signs I was told that they're about to give birth

Also, I'm debating on whether I should use a breeding box or not. I provided a picture of my fish tank as well and the only fish living in it at the moment are these 2 platies. Is there enough plants and such for the frys, so that I don't have to use a breeding box?


tf1265 04-18-2012 12:11 PM

They don't look to me like they're "about" to give birth, but they're probably pregnant. Female platies, if housed with a male, will give birth almost once a month.

I have 2 female platies with a single male platy housed in a 10 gallon tank with a female betta (and a couple cories, but those are irrelavent). They give birth often - I've barely seen them not pregnant.

RIGHT before they give birth, they'll usually get very skiddish and hide in weird places - wedged up against the glass next to a plant bulb is where I tend to find mine.

I have had 3 baby platy survive past the point of being eaten in 6 months. I don't breed them or use a breeding box or net, they're just good hiders. It depends on how many platy you really want. The female platies release a hormone that prevents them from eating their OWN babies for about 24 hours. After that, it's game on. One or two might survive.

YOu don't say how large your tank is, but I wouldn't say it's overflowing with hiding spots for the fry. That being said, they are great hiders and you'll probably get lucky with one.

Savannah 04-18-2012 12:34 PM

I can't tell from the photos but they probly are.And also you will probly get about 10-15 babys survive each batch.I had a pregnant platy female that was pregnant when I got her(didn't know at the time)and after about a week and a half the babies are to big to eat,but even when mine where first born the other fish didn't realy pay much atention to them and they are extremely good hiders so most will survive.I eventually had to get rid of my platy after her fourth batch becaues the babies were over running my tank.At the end she had probly given birth to around 70 babies in a few months becaues they can have up to 4 batches of 10-50 babies with only 1 mating so be carful or your tank will soon be over run with platy fry.

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