Platies Ready For Hatchery?

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Hi, I have two pregnant platies. Both have rounded up pretty nicely. I want to wait till as late as possible to put either of them in the hatchery to avoid stressing them out. So I wanted your advice on whether they look close to ready to deliver!
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It doesn't look as if they are almost ready to drop fry. But sometimes they can drop just a few or just even one instead of a whole bunch. Sometimes some fry do develop a bit faster. In general most fry will develop at the same rate but it does happen that some are developing faster and will be dropped earlier.
 
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Ah I might be jumping the gun a bit then. It's always just so exciting when you're hoping to get babies soon!
 

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You should really put them in about a week before birth. If you put them in too late they will abprt the fry. I really don't recommend using breeding traps though. Could you set up another tank for them to give birth in?
 
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Boy, I wish I could but I neither have the space nor the budget for it
 

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BottomDweller said:
You should really put them in about a week before birth. If you put them in too late they will abprt the fry. I really don't recommend using breeding traps though. Could you set up another tank for them to give birth in?
Do you mean putting them in the breeding box a week before they give birth?? If so that is definitely not the way to go!! I actually recommend putting them in the breeding box right before giving birth because IME they will less likely abort the fry. Although I also don't recommend putting them in breeding traps. Like mentioned above even a small 5 gallon tank would be much much better for her and the fry!!
 
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