Help! Unexpected platy fry

Roomcat

My platy gave birth and I managed to save 2 fry. I didn't know she was pregnant. I moved the fry and the mother into separate tupperware baskets (iknow. Didnt have anything else)

How do I care for the fry? Should I leave the mother seperated from the main tank or put her back?

Tank is 15 gallon and there's 2 other platy and a female betta in tbere
 

Hugooo

A few questions:
· How many did she give birth to?
· What are the sexes of the other two platies? The reason I ask is because platies are recommended to have a ratio of 1 male to 3 females, or else the male(s) might bother the females.

You must separate the mother from the fry. She will eat them. I would move the fry into their own tank, a 5 gallon at least. Give them good places to hide and add a sponge filter. Chances are, the platy will give birth again.
 
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Roomcat

In total I got 1 male and 2 females. She gave birth to only 2 as I can see. My guess is the rest got eaten. I got the fry in a tupperware since I have no other tank

Its only 2 fry. How often do I feed them?
 
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Hugooo

They may be small, but you want to feed them 3-6 times a day. Give them egg yolk or crushed up fish food. You can find other ideas on Google or YouTube.

Since you only have two fry, I'd recommend you buying an aquarium breeder, like this one, where you can keep them. Maybe something smaller.
 
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qldmick

you can't leave them in a tupperware container.
 
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JenC

, flake food crushed to powder, and baby brine shrimp are good food options.

I have used breeder net (not for fry but for other things) and had no complaints.
 
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Roomcat

Ordered a breeding trap. I crushed up some flakes with chopsticks but they won't eat! They don't even come up to eat
 
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jake37

I wouldn't worry too much about the fry. You will have many more soon. The easiest way to handle fry is to obtain some floating plants for them to hide in. dwarf water lettuce works pretty well since the hanging roots are great for hiding; but you could also use hornworth or similar. Not sure if you want to muck with plants. live bearer frys can eat regular flakes they really don't need a special diet (though it doesn't hurt). The problem with using a sep container or breeder net is that you have to keep it clean. The breeder net has some advantage in that it sits in the aquarium so you don't need extra heater/filter but still crud will build up in the net. When I was in college we had a 20 long with 2 swordtails (distant relative of the platy); in 9 months we have 30+ swordtails of various ages.
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You can of course use a fry net just try to not over-feed as it will get nasty very fast and the muck will be more dangerous to the frys than under feeding.
 
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Littlebudda

Yep that would work perfect
 
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Roomcat

All 5 fry are in the breeder. How many times do I feed them? And how much? Any other special needs?
 
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jake37

Put in the tinest pinch you can imagine 3 to 5 times a day. If any food hits the bottom of the breeder net skip the next feeding. They will eat very small quantity of food. It is better to slightly underfeed than over-feed.

All 5 fry are in the breeder. How many times do I feed them? And how much? Any other special needs?
 
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Roomcat

Put in the tinest pinch you can imagine 3 to 5 times a day. If any food hits the bottom of the breeder net skip the next feeding. They will eat very small quantity of food. It is better to slightly underfeed than over-feed.
I believe they ate something, or I hope. Because powdery food is still floating at the top of the box. Also at the bottom. This is the 2nd time I fed them today. They just sit at the left side of the top. Maybe they are scared of the big fish
 
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