platy help what is happening

  1. Spectralflux Initiate Member

    so i got a new platy i brought home from the lfs today i know she was very pregnant so and i think she looked mostly squared off so i left her in my breeder well i went to a movie


    when i came home there are now a small sting of little black balls on the bottom of the breeder but she still has a gravid spot and looks very pregnant so what are they is she still pregnant and what happened ( where they un hached fry ?) and if this is her getting rid of the fry are they all done or does she have some left and how long / soon should i give her till her gestation starts again

    attached is to pictures of her tank after i came home
     

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  2. e_watson09 Well Known Member Member

    It would be very helpful if you could update your aquarium info. This helps many people, including myself, answer your questions. The most important things being tank size, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, temp, and what kind of filter you have running on the tank. It is also very helpful for us to know the tank mates although in this particular instance its not as neccissary.
     

  3. Donnerjay Well Known Member Member

    Hello and :sign0016: to FishLore!

    Yes, please update your aquarium info ASAP.

    Do you know about the nitrogen cycle? If not, please click on the words, nitrogen cycle, in this post and read about it when you have time.

    Right now your platy may be in distress if you placed her in an uncycled tank. The best thing you can do for her is get her into a cycled aquarium (if you have another tank in your home) with a breeder trap, turn out the lights, feed her a LITTLE bit and let her rest.

    IF you don't have an already cycled aquarium in your home, then you need to protect your platy from ammonia. I would double-dose her tank with Seachem Prime. Prime quickly detoxifies ammonia so it doesn't hurt fish.

    It is possible (I don't know) that she was stressed either from transport or the new tank conditions and started dropping her fry prematurely. The black spots could be unfertilized eggs. I have read that when platys give birth for the first time, their batch is a mixture of live fry and unfertilized eggs.

    Time will tell. For now, make sure that her water conditions are perfect. Keep us posted and we will try to help as much as we can! :)
     
  4. Spectralflux Initiate Member

    there we go i have finished with setting up my info i just would not like to look any more fry or stress any of the females in to giving birth early
     

  5. Donnerjay Well Known Member Member

    OK good. How is she doing? It looks like you got 5 fry? That's great!

    Your profile states that you understand the nitrogen cycle. Good! Now I'd recommend getting a good water conditioner such as Prime or AmQuel+. Water conditioner is essential to remove heavy metals, chlorine, chloramine from the water. All of these elements harm fish.

    Next I'd recommend getting a test kit so you know what your ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels are. I use the API Freshwater Master Test Kit.

    Thanks for updating and hope all is well with your pregnant platy!