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5 years ago#1
BooneyInc
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ok so i have 5 platys,

two males three females,

one female got pregnant, and had a huge belly full of babies.

anyway weeks went by and her belly got bigger and i thought id got out and get one of those breeder traps, so i could keep the mother in there a few days before the birth and catch the fry and keep them seperate.

i didnt research or know when she would give birth, so i didnt keep her in there incase she wasnt anywhere near the time. didnt want her being in a small trap unnecessarily.

anyway i woke up and her belly was small again and no platy fry.

did they get eaten by the other fish.

how can i know for next time? what can i do different

when is a good time to put her in the breeding trap?

i was thinking prehaps they are hiding in the plants and under stones and bogwood, but not seen nothing. so probably not

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5 years ago#2
angela_brown
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If you google breeding Mollies, there should be gestation information there.

If you are going to find any babies... they'll most likely be at the top of the water. That being said, if the top of your tank water is really active i.e. wavy... the fry could have died from the action. Do you have any floating plants? Sometimes that will give the fry a hiding place. And quiet the water some...

There will be more on the way... soon!

Just read up on the species and wait a little while, learning is the ticket!

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5 years ago#3
angela_brown
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Ok, I'm a moron... google Platy breeding... Molly breeding wouldn't exactly be the same... LOL... Sorry about that!

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5 years ago#4
johnarthur
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You're right about those traps being too confining. When Platy fry are born, they naturally swim to the top of the aquarium. If you have lots of bushy floating plants like hornwort, they'll use it as a refuge. Some types of Platies are worse than others when it comes to eating their fry. Red Wags will populate a 20 gallon aquarium in a few months.

If the fry did not get eaten, there is a chance they were expelled before they were ready. In that case they would have a prominent yolk sack and would probably disappear into the substrate.

The gestation period for Platies is about a month, and females stay pregnant for most of their adult lives. In addition, they can have multiple batches of fry from a single encounter with a male. Sometimes they drop all of their fry at once and at other times in small batches.

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5 years ago#5
BooneyInc
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ahh ok, i have no floating plants and there is constant agitation of the water at the surface, so the flow is high. maybe they swam up and got eaten by my other fish.

i will add floating plants next time when i think its close to birth date.

i really was looking forward to some fry, hey ho, next time!

in my old aquarium the fry use to hide inbetween the big rocks i had. maybe these are still hiding?
or am i clutching at straws

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5 years ago#6
johnarthur
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I doubt they're hiding.

Since fry are not strong swimmers, the water turbulence cannot have been good for them. If you buy some hornwort, try to get enough to cover the entire surface of the aquarium. It's cheap, but it takes a while to acclimate to a new aquarium. For some reason, the acclimation is usually easier when you have a large glob of the stuff.

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5 years ago#7
CelineM
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Hi there...I was reading the information on the platy fry. My Mickey Mouse (Minnie) has been pregnant for a while now, she delivered approximately 8 fry 2-3 weeks ago...she still looked pregnant...then last week we found 4 new fry (smaller than the 1st batch)...yesterday I noticed that most of the 1st batch of fry are missing in action (lol) one 1 remains + 3 from the 2nd batch....she still looks kinda pregnant.

In my tank we have 2 siamese Algea eater, 1 chinese algea eater, 1 oto, 2 white mickey mouse platy, 1 male orange tuxedo platy and what the pet store owner says are 2 orange female molly (both pregnant) + 1 male orange molly (they look exactly like a larger platy to me)...I did not have time to place her into a net before she delivered her fry...the fry are hiding within the plants (natural)...is there any we can save the few fry we do have or at this point should I leave them be and hope they survive.

PS..when we converted from plastic to natural plants a few months ago...plants must have had snail eggs as we are now batteling to remove them...is there a easy way to get rid of snails once and for all???

Thanks for your information in advance.

*A smiling fish is a happy fish*

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5 years ago#8
ChaosReborn
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Only thing I can comment on is the snail problem. I've read from other posts on here that you can try and find an Assasin Snail, who will I believe hunt the other snails down.

They make chemicals for killing snails, but I also hear the same chemicals can be dangerous for your fish and live plants.

Another way is at night, put a piece of lettuce or potato slice into the tank. All the snails will gather to it and make it easier to remove large amounts of them at one time.

But again, I'm just speaking from things I've read. Good luck.

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5 years ago#9
johnarthur
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Live bearing fry head to the water surface as quickly as they can. If the aquarium has plenty of bushy floating plants, the fry will have a refuge.

Snails do ride in on plants, and they're all but impossible to get rid of. However, you can control their population, and a few snails are a natural, beneficial part of many aquatic environments. Just float a piece of lettuce or chard on the water surface. Snails especially like the white parts of the leaf and will usually hang on when you remove it from the aquarium. Do that for a few days, and most of the snails will be gone. Replace the lettuce or chard every day or two before it rots.

The snail killing formulations usually have copper and other stuff. When used as directed, they seldom work as advertised and can have unwanted side effects. That's just one opinion, but it's based on some experience.

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4 years ago#10
Feline
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Thanks for the information, new fry are indeed showing up here and there...almost daily. I counted 9 in total last night. The bigger one seems to have vanished from the tank, I think the larger Platy/Molly are eating some of them.

As for the snails...well I've placed a clear glass bottle in the tank with a piece of lettuce, hopefully by tonight there'll be a few in there, we don't want to use any type of chemicals in case this harms any other fish. We do daily maintenence to keep this problem somewhat under control.

* if you have fish*

Thanks again.
PS. great site for all types of information.

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4 years ago#11
johnarthur
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I'm glad you liked our website. Of course, you're welcome to join. It's free and we will not try to sell you anything.

Some live bearing fish are bad about eating their fry, but lots of floating hornwort will significantly increase fry survival. For years, I've kept Red Wag Platies, and they seldom eat their fry. Other Platies and related species do. Fancy Guppies also have a good fry survival rate. Of course it could be entirely due to the hornwort.

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4 years ago#12
Feline
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Thanks for the invite to join...I'll do that tonight after work :o)

My tank is planted (not sure what types of plants) For the moment, I only have plastic plants floating at the surface to give the fry a chance to hide...they seem fine with the plastic. Hopefully they'll survive and thrive.

*Fish lips are cute*

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4 years ago#13
Fry Daddy
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Another thing that might cause some of your fry to disappear is your power filter. Small fry can get sucked up though the slots in the intake tube. Tying a piece nylon stocking over the intake will prevent this but you'll need to rinse it off regularly to prevent it from clogging.

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4 years ago#14
Feline
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OH WOW! never even considered this...thank you for the tip, I'll do this asap.

*Here fishy fishy fishy*

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4 years ago#15
mike
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hi my platy is having her babies right now but as quick as they are coming out she is eating them anything i can do or just one off them things

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4 years ago#16
Fry Daddy
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Adding a lot of bushy plants to your tank will give them hiding places to escape mom's hungry mouth or if there aren't any other fish in the tank you could take a plastic food container and drill a bunch of 1/4 inch holes in the bottom and float it in the tank. You'll may need to use a rubber band to strap on some small pieces of styrofoam to get it to float. Gently scoop the mother into the container. As she has her babys they should fall through the holes and into the tank.

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4 years ago#17
sneaky prawn
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Thanks for your advise, my micky mouse platy was fit to busrt when i left for work this morning, i should of put her in a trap.................came home she was empty.........ie i could not see any "eye" showing through her body.............i hope maybe one or two fry have hid at the bottom.......but i doubt it......i have plenty of plants in the tank, but none covering the surface.........i am gutted, cause she was full of fry........in my other tank i managed to save ONE guppy fry from muchin, i wanted to better with the platy.....

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4 years ago#18
Fry Daddy
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If you have lots of plants in the tank then some should survive. The new fry will hang out at the bottom in the plants if you don't have floating plants. It usually takes a few days before they start venturing out into the open.

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3 years ago#19
concerned fishkeeper
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i hav a question about my tank i got 2 female platie, 1 male platy and 3 glowlight danios at about lunch today i started seeing about 3 or 4 fry and more later they seem 2 dissapear alot. i hav no breeding part and quite afew plant (but no floating) will my fry survive?

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3 years ago#20
johnarthur
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Danios and other fast swimming fish will eat platy fry. Since the fry normally occupy the area close to the water surface, a raft of bushy floating plants will provide a refuge.

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3 years ago#21
concerned fishkeeper
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thak u but they r all gone now i hav bought a breeding trap and put the pregnant fish in there coz it still looks pregnant!!! my glowlight danios didnt eat any of the fry tho so am not sure!!!

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3 years ago#22
Platy fry please help
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I have seven fry they are a red wag mix they are in there own tank I have no clue how to take care of them please look at my other question platy fry please help or tell my how to take care of them and I'll tell you what I know.:

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2 years ago#23
lynmccoy
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Put a pinch of food in so that she will have something to take her mind off snacking on her young. For some weird reason this works with my pregnant livebearers.And I try to put a layer of hornwort between the mamma and the fry that will be coming out.It makes it harder for her to get to them.

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2 years ago#24
breezyray
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i just woke up this morning to my first ever platy fry that i was not expecting and they were hiding under big rocks and were not at the top of the tank

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2 years ago#25
pamk59
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oh a vote for you too Angela Brown

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2 years ago#26
Hopebreeder342
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They were most likely eaten. Next time, instaed of a fry trap, buy a tank divider and give her 1/3 or so of your tank. Thats what I did with my molly and she seemed to be happy. Also make sure that if there are any open spaces between th tank wall and the divider big enough for a little baby, you pug it.

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2 years ago#27
pamk59
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they are very small do you know where they have been spending most of their time meaning the mom and dad? if they are in a special log or something she probably laid her eggs there and have not hatcched yet i thought all mine were gone my chiclid jewels and there are a few left now if they are both out doing their own thing then they are probably dead or the father never fertilized them maybe they just havent hatched yet.. keep me posted.

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2 years ago#28
chloe_h
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im guessing your fry have been eaten as you may know that there usefully pregnant for 2 weeks so next time watch the fish carefully to see when you start to get everything ready

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2 years ago#29
chloe_h
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hope this helps

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1 year ago#30
Lynne
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We had a big problem with snails, we put 3 clown loach in the tank and have never seen a snail since! They love to eat snails and are attractive fish too!

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