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Platy pregnant, how far along do you think

Discussion in 'Live-Bearers Forum' started by Kris, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Kris

    Kris New Fish

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    I just bought this platy and she's obviously pregnant :)

    I was just wondering about how far along does she look? Or how long does she have left est?

    I want to keep the babies so I want to make sure the other fish don't eat them. I have a breeder trap but I've heard they get stressed:confused:
     


  2. Kris

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    I don't have platys, so I can't help. Just wanted to tell you she's really cute!
     
  4. MissFishy

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    IMO, I would say within a week, maybe less she'll drop them. Platy are a little harder than guppies since they don't get as "square" before dropping babies. She looks pretty far along though.
     
  5. BlueStraggler

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    I've also heard they get stressed out in that breeder trap.
    If you want them to survive (and not use the trap) try putting some floating plants in there. Real or fake plants will work.

    Some people say that they do nothing to raise the fry and yet somehow they manage to thrive.

    I always assumed the adults would eat them all...but I've heard countless stories of people having to remove all the decorations and plants just to prevent maturation.



    How big is your tank? Can it support more adult fish? They can have a lot of fry that will grow quickly.
    So if you can, try to have another tank on hand. Good luck.:eek:
     
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  6. Kris

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    Hmmm, yah she is getting boxy looking by the hour.Well..... the gravid spot is getting more dots in it and it's growing closer to her anal fin, from what I've read this is a good sign.... I'm new at platy's:D

    Thanks for all the compliments and help! Hopefully the babies are the same color as her........:)

    TANKS - I have
    - 1 20G with gourami and betta girls in it
    - 2 10G - 1 empty - 1 she's in right now with 3 other platies
    There's plenty of room for newbies, I purposely have both more bare for the babies :)
     
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  7. BlueStraggler

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    Seems like you have the perfect set up to succeed in raising fry.
    GL:)
     
  8. Kris

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    Uhh my platy started giving birth I guess overnight, early morning. Anyway I saw a few fry and found her hiding, so I gently put her in the breeding trap [no nets]. And she looks pregnant still, not as round but VERY square.. But she's not popping any babies out, just pooping.....

    Can platy just stop giving birth once they've started? She's still very pregnant cause her gravid spot is getting larger by the minute and taking on a new shape. I think the fry are hatching inside her but they're not coming out.

    She's swimming up and down and backwards with her tail up, is this proper?

    Thanks!
     
  9. BlueStraggler

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    Well I'm not sure if they do a split-batch thing but you can expect to have more fry in about 2-3 weeks.

    The swimming seems normal to me. I've seen it before in healthy fish. Usually indicates excitement from labor and/or stress. I'd take her out of the breeder and put her back in the main tank.
     
  10. treshay

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    Hi! I'm new here and think I might have a pregnant platy as well. I would love to hear an update on how your babies and mommy did!
     
  11. lisajoanne

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    can you help me please

    can this fish be pregnant im not sure as im new to all this it seems to be a lot bigger than the rest of its gang if it is how far its it an what should i do. its a molly or like a molly
     

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  12. Newman

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    check for the famous "gravid spot" near the anal fin. it can be anything from dark bloackis, to light yellow. on a red fish its gonna be hard to tell, but i believe it should be a darkening of the area close to the anal fin.
    if its body has a "boxy" look to it then yes its very pregnant. looks fat and healthy to me lol
     
  13. littletankbigworld

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    Breeder's boxes are horrible for platy fry. Within a day of my platy having babies, 6 swam out of the box and were eaten by the other fish. I suggest a breeding net. There is a possibility that they can stress the fish out, but I've seen two of my fish give birth, and so far no problem.
     
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    The platy is very pregnant, in my opinion. It should pop in a couple days or even a day.
     
  15. lisajoanne

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    Thanks use have been a lot of help. I'm not sure when she will drop soon i hope i have put her in the net box. i have no idea what I'm doin so ill have a lot more to ask lol thanks again.
     
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    hi again, im starting to think if the fish is pregnant as its not had the babies yet how long till they come lol.
     
  18. lisajoanne

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    what's this mr up too

    this molly has been swimming round sucking on the bums of my other fish the pic shows how his fin stands on end now i was thinking maybe he is horny but he sucks on the boys bums too lol. now tis platy i think is pregnant this is an update of what it looks like now still fat but no off spring.
     

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  19. Newman

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    Yea it normal male behaviour: chasing and nipping others. idk why on the but tho lol. doesnt matter where to him i guess.

    its kind of hard to tell with the female from that picture. try to shoot one from the underside of the platy as its turned toward you, like this:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3183/2847683388_734cef428b.jpg?v=1221104599

    it looks like its going to be this week, as far as i can tell. takes time.
     
  20. LivieluvsPink

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    Omgoodness where'd you get your Platy it's so pretty!!!*BOUNCINGS*SUPERSMIL*BOUNCINGS:D ooh so many smilies but I've been looking for that kind of Platy forever so it gets me and yes I think it might be just wait a little longer and some other peoples answers are really good but I really love that Platy!:p ha I just realized my post is a few years late and I just read the one about her getting square good luck with that though I'm so late though on this reply but really where'd you get your fish!
     
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