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Hi all! Brand new to the site! I found a lot of good info here, so I thought I'd join and get involved in asking/discussing.

My platy had a baby (just one that I'm aware of) a week days ago. It's hanging in there and the other fish are leaving it alone. (I'm not intentionally breeding, so I haven't separated it.) My question is, my platy still looks VERY round. Is it possible she's still pregnant? It's been almost a seven days since the baby, and nothing else from her. Is she just a round fish? It's really not critical, I'm just curious what might be going on with her. THANKS!

Here are some pictures of her:





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Yes she looks like she is ready to have a whole lot more. There are certain circumstances where a pregnant fish gets a baby stuck and can't pass the rest which can be fatal but I don't want to bring any alarm to you about that its just a precaution. Definitely look for more. If you have other fish in there, there will indeed be a feeding frenzy when all of the fry start to come, so if you don't separate her from the others that is what you can expect. I have found that leaving the female in the original tank and just separating with a fry net type of basket during the birthing works great and you can return the mother to the tank and leave the babies in the fry net after until they have gotten big enough to fend for themselves. You should contact your local Petco or LFS and see if they will take baby Platys and at what age they will take them. Good luck!

PS these are my favorite type of nets for birthing:
http://amzn.com/B00H4XTQQ0

Mom will eat a couple. She will leave you with plenty though. This setup doesn't stress the fish giving birth, and is an instant home for fry that has ample space. Even if you can't keep the fry and can't find a home and need to euthanize them this is more humane than allowing a feeding frenzy in the tank in my view, I think truly it is hard for the mother to see going on at the very least. I had to euthanize a bunch of fry that happened unexpectedly once and I did it very quickly in a glass of white wine. If my local fish store would have taken them I would have raised them all for the fish store, it wasn't a happy time for me and I don't recommend euthanizing if you can get out of it.

A Do-it-yourself birthing net can be made: Get a head net for mosquitos from your local hardware store, the bottom of it is already stitched closed and the top of it has a drawstring that has a one inch stitched fold all the way around it. A piece of airline tubing can be strung through that which will keep the net circular and open and floating and then you just put a small dish down inside of the net for weight and place it in the tank, it will leave a very roomy condo for your fish to birth in and fry can be raised in there. My friend did this and I watched her make it, very easy to do she had it setup in less than an hour.

Head net: http://amzn.com/B000WFXDMK

If you can soak it in spring or distilled water prior to use to get out any chemicals that may be in the net. I don't think there are any but my friend soaked hers.
 

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I just noticed your original post was three days ago. Wish I could have helped sooner and hoping all is working out well. A lesson we learn too late: Livebearing female fish are likely to unload fry on you at some point and you shouldn't ever have them without preparing for that reality well in advance. I found out the very hard way.
 
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