5 years ago#1
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i have a little tank with 7 platyfry, had them for maybe 1 month and they're all growing healthy and steadily. One of the females gave birth again and there are 2 (or maybe 1 now ) in the tank. i've tryed to catch them but they were too fast. ive heard that its ok to keep fry in the tank with their parents as long as you have some live plants there to provide a hiding place. the hiding spot isnt a problem for me, they hav there own little seperate corner in the tank.The problem is that when i try to throw them abit of food down there,the adult fish eat it all up before it even reaches the bottom. Occasionally i get abit of food down there but only a small amount.Can they just survive on the algae or whatever there?or will i have to catch them?
any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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5 years ago#2
jmjohns70
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I had the same problem and I came up with two solutions...
One is to use Algae tabs: break a small piece off the tab and get it as close to them as you can. The only problem with this is that they can cause an algae problem in your tank if you use more than they can eat and even though they can live on it quite well, they need more than algae.
Two is to use Shrimp pellets. I use Wardleys and they soften up quickly. But make sure you only use a piece of it as well. Just what the fry will eat.
It is a good idea to feed the parents at the same time as you feed the fry. They will be too distracted to bother the fry food.
This is only from my trial and error so use it as you will. I was told to buy Liquifry or baby brine shrimp but have never tried it.
I found that with my Molly and Platy fry they prefer the Algae wafers and grew quite rappidly once I started using them, but each fish is different so like I said...trial and error!

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5 years ago#3
johnarthur
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Platy fry usually prefer to hang around the top in some bushy plants. A large bunch of floating plants will do a fair job of protecting them and their food source. As soon as they're born, platy fry can eat baby brine shrimp. They don't need liquid food. You can buy frozen brine shrimp, both baby and mature, from most aquarium shops; just be sure to thaw it before feeding it. Adult platies like adult brine shrimp. The platies in my aquariums get flake food in the morning and, usually, brine shrimp in the evening. They eat all of the food in a couple of minutes, and the aquariums get regular, partial water changes.

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5 years ago#4
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thanks for the advice, i tried to throw tiny pieces of veg pellet down there and it worked!

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5 years ago#5
KESTREL
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I used liquifry for all my babies, and it works great, because it sinks fast and straight away.
my main female platy gave birth to 65 babies, but they were all too early, and they all died

Try liquifry!!!!!!!!!!!

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5 years ago#6
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Platy fry are normally expelled with their yolk sacks used up, and they're usually large enough to eat baby brine shrimp and small pieces of flake food. Sometimes, moving a pregnant Platy to a new aquarium will cause a bit of shock and make her deliver early. Netting and rapid changes in water parameters can also produce shock. It's a good idea to have plenty of bushy, floating plants for mum and the kids to use as a refuge.

The liquid foods are intended more for the very small fry of some egg laying species. Of course, you should try to keep any uneaten food from accumulating.

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5 years ago#7
ben
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yo can give them baby worms

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3 years ago#8
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2 years ago#9
sean
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on saterday i came home with platus for the first time but soon got worried my gold fish started atacking them so i put them into a small cubicle beta tank and one of them gave birth to 2 little sunburst platys but my mom got mad i put them in the tank so we put them back in the main tank then THE DANG GOLDFISH ATE THE 2 BABIES!!!! so we put her in a fish bowl and we found her dead in the morning R.I.P sushi 26/6/11-4/11/12

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2 years ago#10
Aliyah
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sean wrote:
on saterday i came home with platus for the first time:laugh: but soon got worried my gold fish started atacking them:( so i put them into a small cubicle beta tank and one of them gave birth:woohoo: to 2 little sunburst platys but my mom got mad i put them in the tank so we put them back in the main tank then THE DANG GOLDFISH ATE THE 2 BABIES!!!!:cry: :angry: so we put her in a fish bowl and we found her dead in the morning:cry: R.I.P sushi 26/6/11-4/11/12


Platies and goldfish are not compatible with each other. Platies are subtropical while goldfish are coldwater fish. Furthermore, bowls are death traps for fish. They are tiny so waste builds up quickly, especially in the case of messy fish like goldfish. Plus, they lack heaters which can cause rapid temperature shifts, and they lack filters which can lead to a lack of oxygen in the water.
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2 years ago#11
sean
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oh....ok thank you. im sticking with platy and gupies now my sci. teacher has one female platy and one male guppy and their spawn are so colurful and beutiful! but all 3 of my female platys are pregnant now that 1 male i have must be busy while im at school. well.......thanks for the advice

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1 year ago#12
Alec
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Ok let's get the facts straight. Breeding fish can be hard and easy in this case easy, now the hard part is what do I do with my fry. Well I simply let them swim in a breeding net overnight with the mamma, now that's not recommended but I find that she sort of starts to eas the babies up. Now the fry will be very small and fragile not fragile well you know what I mean. Carefully put then in an other soft flowing sponge filter tank and feed often I feed right as they start to free swim and at night. day and night food is a requirement. Be easy with your fry. I have had many fry die because I left them in the original tank do your brst to catch them and happy late thanks giving and an early **** **** ****

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1 year ago#13
Brian Russell
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Alec,
This is an old post, please dont post anything here as you are pushing more recent questions behind

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1 year ago#14
guest
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I've always fed my platy fry liquid egg yolk and brine for the first month.

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