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post #1 of 6 Old 10-07-2018, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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Please I can't do this anymore (pet shop never said anything when I brought them)

Hi everyone
I'm sorry this is my first post, I recently set up a fish tank after falling in love with fish. Currently I have a 23l tank I think that's 11 or 12 gallons not sure with 3 cory dory, 2 platy, 2 guppy and 4 shrimp. Not sure if I'm over or understocked? Advice would be helpful.
Here is my problem, I havent had the fish long but I love them to bits they have such indervidual personalities and are so funny to watch. Anyway everytime I go to the tank to feed or siphon, do water changes etc I find lots of fry swimming in my filter, heater, pump, plants ornaments you name they are everywhere! I know this sounds stupid but no one told me fish can breed in a home aquarium. After reading up on all my fish I am 98% certain it's platy fry. My problem is this I hate killing fry, I don't want bad karma I don't want to kill anything but if I don't my tank will be overwhelmed with fish. I love my fish but I can't keep catching fry and flushing them down the sink im tired of this and have now left them in the tank, I saw one swim happily across the water the other day none of my fish went to eat it.
What can I do i love fish keeping but this is something I don't want. How can I stop the platy breeding? Shall I lower the temperature? If there is no way shall I split them up, I feel bad, will one platy survive alone? Will it keep reproducing alone? Will it get rid of all the fry problems?

Thank you for any help given I need a solution I'm at my wits end.
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-08-2018, 11:23 PM
Hi! I was hoping you would get some advice from someone more experienced than me!

I just want to let you know that you are being heard. I am a novice and my first thought would be the same one you said! Separate the female from the others at least until you have mire info!

😊 Good luck to you! You seem so sweet and a very good pet owner! Please let me know what you find out! Karen
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-11-2018, 07:11 PM
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1 You will be over stocked when they are full grown. Here is a link to a site that helps you calculate.
AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor


2 Separation is best for both platies and guppies that you do not want to breed. Look for a used tank and move the males.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-13-2018, 05:49 PM
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Females can retain sperm, so expect the female to drop some more fry after you seperate.

Once the fry is old enough, consider giving them to your local store.

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-14-2018, 08:41 PM
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Hi everyone
I'm sorry this is my first post, I recently set up a fish tank after falling in love with fish. Currently I have a 23l tank I think that's 11 or 12 gallons not sure with 3 cory dory, 2 platy, 2 guppy and 4 shrimp. Not sure if I'm over or understocked? Advice would be helpful.
Here is my problem, I havent had the fish long but I love them to bits they have such indervidual personalities and are so funny to watch. Anyway everytime I go to the tank to feed or siphon, do water changes etc I find lots of fry swimming in my filter, heater, pump, plants ornaments you name they are everywhere! I know this sounds stupid but no one told me fish can breed in a home aquarium. After reading up on all my fish I am 98% certain it's platy fry. My problem is this I hate killing fry, I don't want bad karma I don't want to kill anything but if I don't my tank will be overwhelmed with fish. I love my fish but I can't keep catching fry and flushing them down the sink im tired of this and have now left them in the tank, I saw one swim happily across the water the other day none of my fish went to eat it.
What can I do i love fish keeping but this is something I don't want. How can I stop the platy breeding? Shall I lower the temperature? If there is no way shall I split them up, I feel bad, will one platy survive alone? Will it keep reproducing alone? Will it get rid of all the fry problems?

Thank you for any help given I need a solution I'm at my wits end.
My goodness, don't flush them down the sink. You are nowhere near a maximum load. If some of the fry survive and grow enough,start another aquarium or give them away. They surely will not overload your aquarium overnight!
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-15-2018, 02:23 PM
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change species...…… to those that do not breed easily. Problem solved. Meanwhile get u a small 10 gallon tank to transfer the babies too... u can always consider giving them away or feeding the fry as live food to larger fish
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