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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Platy Help Needed ASAP.

Alright. I bought a pair of red platys for my mother in law for her 55 gal community tank yesterday.
She originally had one sunburst platy. The sunburst and the other red have been swimming all around.
She's been staying up by the heater.
She looks bloated. Might she be pregnant?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 08:33 PM
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Certainly looks pregnant, platys are not my area of expertise, so will let another user confirm it as well.

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Lol alright. ^.^ my MIL is freaking out thinking the fish is dying |=

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If it is pregnant then it is probably staying by the heater as it feels safe there. It likely does not want any harassment from the other fish.

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220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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Yeah. She moved down to the plastic plants a minute ago.
How long does it take for them to give birth, does anyone know? o.0

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There is really no way to tell exactly when she will give birth. I would perhaps though look into getting a breeding box with a separator in, this way the fry can be kept in the breeder box and not get potentially eaten y either mother or the other fish.

Something along the lines of this.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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A month at the most usually but she may go sooner since you don't know how long she has been pregnant.

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Alright. Thanks. MIL said she'll get one asap (probably tomorrow. she's all worried now. XD )

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They will eat the babies. And beware. Mine had 40

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Just bare in mind she will potentially give birth to another batch of fry in 4-5 weeks from when she gives birth to this one.

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75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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