Penn Plax Aqua Nursery And Hatchery Aquarium

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so I found this system for breeding on amazon (its an unexpected pregnancy). I don't exactly know how to set this up

Thats the product right there but I realized I needed to get an airpump. I found this one airpump on amazon but I don't know if its strong enough to get the fry into the nursery. () I want my fry to be able to live even though well.. I don't really want them but I'm trying. I also need some tips.

I leave on the 25th of may and the mama panda platy could be giving birth on the 26th. I was wondering if I should put her in something like that on the 24th so when my mother comes back and checks on them on the 26th she's given birth (I don't know how long it typically is so she could be in there up to 4 days)
 

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Please do not do that to your fish. Those boxes are the worst for mother fishes. She's going to be really weak after giving birth and the stress of being in that box (let alone for 4 days) is enough to kill her. Also the stress of being in the box will make her have her babies prematurely and the babies will be born with their tails wrapped around and stuck to their heads. Some will be able to shake themselves out but others won't. You'll still have plenty of fry left in the tank when you get back and you can just scoop them into the box. Also your platy should survive the natural birth and can get pregnant again if you desire. That's just my opinion I don't really know you're situation but I know how stressed she will get being in a strange box for 4 days.
 
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buttertart said:
Please do not do that to your fish. Those boxes are the worst for mother fishes. She's going to be really weak after giving birth and the stress of being in that box (let alone for 4 days) is enough to kill her. Also the stress of being in the box will make her have her babies prematurely and the babies will be born with their tails wrapped around and stuck to their heads. Some will be able to shake themselves out but others won't. You'll still have plenty of fry left in the tank when you get back and you can just scoop them into the box. Also your platy should survive the natural birth and can get pregnant again if you desire. That's just my opinion I don't really know you're situation but I know how stressed she will get being in a strange box for 4 days.
okay thank you so much. I'm gonna prepare a 10g tank for the babies so maybe I should get a bunch of plants for them to hide in and maybe I should have her birthing process in that tank and then have her go back into the previous tank? or should I have her birth them in a net so then 4 months put them in that tank?
 

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I like your idea of putting her in a ten gallon by herself with some plants before hand. That way it's nice and calm and no other fish are bothering her. She shouldn't eat her babies but even if she does want to eat them, how many can she possibly eat in 2 days? And after she's recovered for a bit then you can add her back into her regular tank. All in all, this seems like the best setup the mom and the babies could hope for.
 
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buttertart said:
I like your idea of putting her in a ten gallon by herself with some plants before hand. That way it's nice and calm and no other fish are bothering her. She shouldn't eat her babies but even if she does want to eat them, how many can she possibly eat in 2 days? And after she's recovered for a bit then you can add her back into her regular tank. All in all, this seems like the best setup the mom and the babies could hope for.
Alright I'll do that then. My mother will be coming back occasionally to feed them all and take care of them during the trip.
 
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