Platy is having babies, what should I do?

Discussion in 'Livebearers' started by OhMyGoshman, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. OhMyGoshmanNew MemberMember

    I have a 10 gallon tank that houses 3 platy, 2 of which are female. I just spotted a baby in my tank, but the girls still look big. I took the guy out so there is one less chance of the baby getting eaten. How do I know when they are done giving birth and when should I remove the females? I also just fed the girls so they would be less hungry to eat the baby.
  2. platy benWell Known MemberMember

    Just wait until shes skinng again and she doesn't have a gravid spot, the dark bit behind her analfin.
    Or you could wait until you have an amount of babies you are happy with and take her out regardless :)

  3. OhMyGoshmanNew MemberMember

    I can't tell if they are fat because they ate the babies or because they are pregnant. Here is a video I just took of them, any chance you could give me your opinion?


  4. OhMyGoshmanNew MemberMember

    Do you know how long they typically give birth for? It's now been a few hours since I spotted the first fry and I don't see anything else happening. Although I think there are one 1 or 2 hiding in the hornwort, or at least that is all I can see.
  5. fishdude360Valued MemberMember

    one looks like it has the gravid spot
  6. OhMyGoshmanNew MemberMember

    Was it the big one or the small one? I am having a hard time telling what the actual gravid spot is on my fish.
  7. fishdude360Valued MemberMember

    the big one
  8. OhMyGoshmanNew MemberMember

    Wow, this was a crazy experience, my platy was giving birth ALL day. She kept trying to eat the babies, she would eye them and start to dart at them and I couldn't stand to watch so I would tap the tank and she would leave them alone. I THINK most ended up getting eaten. I have now removed her because I could no longer see a gravid spot and I was scared the remaning babies would get eaten over night. She was still really fat, but I chopped that up to eating babies all day. I can safely say there are at least 2 babies alive. Thanks everyone for all the help.

    Last edited: Mar 27, 2010
  9. platy benWell Known MemberMember

    Aww! What a cutey! Makes me want platys again :D
  10. fishdude360Valued MemberMember

  11. ranga97Well Known MemberMember

    Aaaaawwwwwww:) when this happened to me I raced down and got myself a breeder net. Because I only had one tank:(
  12. konstargirlWell Known MemberMember

    Aww!! They are so tiny. =D

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