Plants For Platy Fish?

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  1. Platyfishquestions

    PlatyfishquestionsNew MemberMember

    I think my female Mickey Mouse platy is going to give birth. What plants can I put in my tank for the fry? I just got my Platy a few days ago.
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  2. goplecos

    goplecosWell Known MemberMember

  3. BottomDweller

    BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    For a decent survival rate you need some floating plants and some moss or other dense plant at the bottom. I recommend duckweed or salvinia as the floating plant and java moss
     




  4. OP
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    Platyfishquestions

    PlatyfishquestionsNew MemberMember

    I have some java fern too. Will that help?
     
  5. goplecos

    goplecosWell Known MemberMember

    Not much
     




  6. OP
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    Platyfishquestions

    PlatyfishquestionsNew MemberMember

    Does she look pregnant? I wasn't sure because she was big when I got her, but she was mixed with males too at the store.
     
  7. goplecos

    goplecosWell Known MemberMember

    She is pregnant but probably won't give birth for another few weeks.
     
  8. FishFish221

    FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Looks like she is. Female platys can store sperm for 3-5 months (probably less, probably more), so expect her to be pregnant for at least the next quarter of a year.
     
  9. OP
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    Platyfishquestions

    PlatyfishquestionsNew MemberMember

    Should I get a breeding box for when she gives birth or should I leave her alone?
     
  10. BottomDweller

    BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Do not put her in a breeder box! This will stress her a lot and can kill her. She may also abort the fry.
     
  11. goplecos

    goplecosWell Known MemberMember

    I don't like breeding boxes because they will sometimes unnecessarily stress out the fish. With enough hiding places a few of the fry will get eaten but most will make it.
     
  12. OP
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    Platyfishquestions

    PlatyfishquestionsNew MemberMember

    Ok thank you so much!!!
     
  13. MelloYello

    MelloYelloValued MemberMember

    From my experience, any decoration at all can seriously help fry survival rate. It will help brake up her line of sight in the tank.

    (Compared to having an empty tank, anything is better than that)
     
  14. BeanFish

    BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    Hornwort is the best plant you can get. Not only does it cover the surface well but it also fills the midwater and sometimes even reaches the bottom of a tank.
     
  15. mollybabesWell Known MemberMember

    I left my mollies with my plants to hide and now I have 13(Including one of the mothers)
     
  16. BettaPonic

    BettaPonicWell Known MemberMember

  17. OP
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    Platyfishquestions

    PlatyfishquestionsNew MemberMember

    Do the fry stay close to the surface once they're born?
     
  18. mollybabesWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah. But they hide to not get eaten
     
  19. OP
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    Platyfishquestions

    PlatyfishquestionsNew MemberMember

    Ok. Thanks!

    Which out of these four will grow with LED lights?
    1. Guppy Grass
    2. Hornwort
    3. Salvinia
    4. Java Moss
    The room they are in is relatively bright, but the tank isn't in direct sunlight.
     
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  20. BeanFish

    BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    Everything can grow with LED lighting... what matters is the ammount of light those LEDs put out.
    All those 4 plants you mentioned are easy, not very demanding. They should grow well. You will need lots of Java Moss and it is a slow grower so I would go with hornwort which is usually dirt cheap, a natural filter and gives great cover to fry. Guppy grass is almost the same as hornwort.
     






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