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We're thinking that our platy is pregnant but this is our first time with a live bearing fish...does this look ...

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    We're thinking that our platy is pregnant but this is our first time with a live bearing fish...does this look like she is due??
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    She's probably gonna give birth within the next few days. Put her in a breeder net or a breeder box. My platy is like that and she has already given birth to 2 fry this morning. Here's a picture of what a platy looks like when they are about to go into labor.

    Here is a diagram showing what to expect when your platy is about to give birth.


    A= look at the opening infront of the anal fin, this is open and white when she turned around you can see the opening quite clearly, if the opening has something dark in it she is just going for a poo, if its white and seems hollow then she is going into the first stages of labour. this is the best sign as some fish do differ b/c of the amount of fry inside.

    B= this area will stay rounded until 24hours before she will give birth, then it will go box like shaped as ive shown in the picture. this happens with almost. every fish

    C= this area will look like its an intense lighter colour than that of her natural colouring it will be swollen a fair bit if she has a lot of fry waiting to come out but this is not always the case as young fish with there first drop dont usual show this so well.

    D= note that the shape of her back has started to arch, this is her getting into position so the birth canal will allow fry to drop.

    she will be panting but not as heavy as guppies do and she will either be quite on the bottom or in weeds or she could and most of mine done go into a reverse swimming motion with her head to the floor and her tail in the air.
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    Thanks for the reply....would putting her in the breeding net a few days early stress her out?

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    It depends. I put some Aquarium Salt in my tank, and so far, she's acting normally. Don't be too hard on yourself if she dies after she delivers though. 50% of livebearers die after they give birth. You just need to keep an eye on her and feed her nutritious food like high quality flake food and live foods such as blood worms and baby brine shrimp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiara1125 View Post
    50% of livebearers die after they give birth.
    Where did you learn this?
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    In my other post about the Otos, the man at my lfs told me. He said that it tends to happen a lot. but people don't realize that there's that possibility. If you don't feed them different types of food, they tend to die. I'm currently feeding my Platy TetraMin Tropical Flakes, TetraColor Tropical Flakes, TetraMin Pro Tropical Crisps, and BBS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dplally View Post
    Thanks for the reply....would putting her in the breeding net a few days early stress her out?
    I have found that putting pregnant fish into breedering nets at any point causes them a great deal of stress, often leading to miscarriage or death. I had much better success letting the mum give birth in the main tank, but stocking it heavily with plants and decor that allow the fry to hide.
    Just my experience.

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    Well, so far, Misery isn't stressed out. I can't wait to see her after I get home!! I'm bringing home 2-3 Otos with me and some Java Moss to put in the tank/breeder net. I'm going to let her have a place to hide and chill. I want at least 10 babies!! I'm keeping one and I'm giving 4-5 to one of my friends and 3-4 to my other friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiara1125 View Post
    the man at my lfs told me. He said that it tends to happen a lot.
    I used to breed livebearers to get different colors (guppies, platies, mollies).

    From my experience, it is not common for a livebearer to die after giving birth. I had some for years that had batch after batch after batch of fry with no death.

    I've never had anything close to 5% die after giving birth, let alone 50%. I do not believe your man at the LFS is giving you an accurate picture of what to expect.

    A variety of foods is always a good idea. I've never fed the 'Tetra' brand foods, however.

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    Well, OrangeCones, the Tetra brand is the best I think. It has a lot of things that the fish needs and it doesn't cloud water or make your fish poop a lot. The 'Pro' brand of Tetra uses a low heat proccess that keeps more vitamins and minerals in the food. My fish love it!!
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