Need help identifying sex of sunset platy

  1. lfabb

    lfabb Member Member

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    I've got a 20 gal high community tank that I added 3 platies to today. I do not want to breed the fish. I can tell I've got 1 adult female and 1 adult male. I'm having problems identifying what the third one is. I'm planning on exchanging either the male or female so they are all 3 the same sex once I figure out what the baby is. Can anyone help me? Hopefully you can click on the pic for larger viewing.

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  2. Charles556

    Charles556 Member Member

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    If it were an adult, the platy would be a female. Your third fish looks like a juvenile platy. It's hard to confirm the sex when they're that young. I actually have a platy that I bought when it was only an inch and a quarter long that turned out to actually be a male. The anal fin, although wide when the fish was young, gradually changed into a gonopodium.
     


  3. LJC6780

    LJC6780 Well Known Member Member

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    Your females will likely already be storing sperm (and can for months with no males around) from mating at the pet store. If you don't want to breed at all I would get all males.