They will just breed without you even doing anything. Use a fry box to keep the young ones from being eaten. The parents will eat them. If there are other tankmates in the tank they will eat fries too. Their parents are more than capable of them all their babies if they get enough time & the babies can't hide. So if you don't separate them, very few or even noone can survive. So breeding them is easy but keeping them alive will require some effort.Fishkeeper25 said:
yes. sorry, she wouldn't stop moving lolSouthAmericanCichlids said:
how long should it take them to have there babies?Rick bose said:They will just breed without you even doimg anything. Use a fry box to keep the young ones from being eaten. The parents will eat them and if you don't separate them, very few or even noone can survive. So breeding them is easy but keeping them alive will require some effort.
So keep the pregnant ones in fry box oe boxes and when they are done giving birth just put the mothers out of the box and keep the fries in a new cycled tank to raise them. Give them crushed pelletes that are broken completely like dust. Though breeder box is the most convenient way, there are other ways too that I know but several fries will be lost in those processes.
They will breed often after every few weeks & each female one will give birth to many new ones. Remember that they don't give birth to their offsprings all at once. It will be done is several turns and can take time. So before taking out the females from the breeder box ensure that they won't give birth to anymore fries.
They will start to give out the babies after the gestation period,i.e.,28 days. You might have to wait for a day or two more. Gestation period can be a couple of days more or less to 28 days. So it could be a few days less too. It can take up to 24 hours for a female to give birth to all the fries. It can take several hours less too.Fishkeeper25 said:
Yes the real challenge would be to keep male and female platies together for over a month without them breeding. If one can achieve that distinction, it would be really shocking.jake37 said:I will be exceptionally impressed if you manage to keep them a month without them breeding
Having said that the tricky part is keeping them from eating the frys as they er pop out. One solution is a heavily planted tanks where the frys can quickly hide or boulder like gravel where they can hide in the gravel or one of the many plastic containers you can buy at your favorite store to keep them safe from the parents.
It is most unfortunately but most livebearers are not loving parents - well they do love their frys just not the way you want them to share this love.
Are you sure you have platies of both sex? I think you have only female platies and they were already pregnant when you brought them. So they gave you some fries in the first month but after that since they are all female, they won't breed.babyfish said:Actually when i first got platys they started to breed for a month. After that nice month with some fry they stopped. Haven't been breeding in months, well that was too bad.........
Thanks but no, I am not a comedian. But I have been told before many times that I possess a good sense of humour.babyfish said:Wow that is literally so funny!!!!! Are u a comedian?