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Old 01-22-2011, 02:23 PM   #1 
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Babies!

I didnt know what section to put this in...

I just found at least one, maybe 2 BABY FISH in my planted 10 gallon aquarium Stock is as follows:

1 female betta
4 female platies
3 corydora catfish (sex unknown)

As I was laying in my bed today (reading) I looked at my tank and saw one of my platies chasing around a tiny little white thing. At first I just thought it was a particle of food or something but then I noticed it was actually darting around. I was intrigued and went to investigate. By this time the little white thing disspeared and the platy gave up on the chase. After a few minutes of close inspection I saw a little baby fish hiding in the back corner of the tank where I have a bunch of plants. I think the baby thing is about 1/8th of an inch? What could it be? I suspect it's platy fry but my platies are all female and have had no contact with males since I prought them from the local LPS. maybe 2 months ago? None of them ever looked pregnant either...

I'm just way too excited from seeing a baby fish in my tank. Feel like a daddy now lol. I really want to catch it and protect it from the adults but that would be impossible. The thing is tiny and my tank is heavily planted. I just hope the little guy(s) makes it!

Anything special I can do to care for it an increase its chances of survival?
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:32 PM   #2 
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I'd maybe feed a little extra to be sure the little guy gets some :D
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:32 PM   #3 
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:33 PM   #4 
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Could be platy fry. Most livebearers can still have babies even 6 months after coming near a male. Could also be corydoras fry. Either way, they must be removed, and fed microworms or crushed up flakes.
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:34 PM   #5 
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Is it probably the corys. They breed quite easily. I think you can leave the fry in with the parents but because you have a betta you should qt the fry. Or maybe you could leave it in if the tank is heavily planted?
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:38 PM   #6 
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For fry you'll need small live food and probably seperate the fry into his own container.
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:45 PM   #7 
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That looks like a platy fry to me...
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:08 PM   #8 
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Corydoras and platy's eat their own fry, not to mention the betta. They need to be removed.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:13 PM   #9 
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Put it in a container that you can float in the tank. Make sure that it's attached to the tank so that it doesn't sink, or put a tall glass in the tank that you can set the container on.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:20 PM   #10 
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Definetly platy fry! Congrats! If there is enough cover with your plants they may survive. They can eat small flake food. Female livebearers can store sperm up to 6 months after being with a male, so no male has to be present for them to have fry. :)
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