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Thread: baby platies
04-30-2012, 04:15 AM #1
So i bought three platy fish 3 months ago from lfs cause my boy loved em, and now there are 5 or more mini platy running about, and growing fast!!!! should i leave them in there? am i going to have a platy infestation on my hands? how long before the new ones start producing thier own offspring? my boy loves the little ones and i think they are cool too, but i dont really need 8 or more running around a tank thats close to being fully stocked without them? reloacate to a spare 37 gallon setup? how to catch those little buggers in a heavy plant setup is beyond me they look fast and nimble
04-30-2012, 12:34 PM #2
They are fast. Catch them while they are feeding towards the top and when they are still halfway fry.
I wouldn't say you have an infestation on your hands, just some overly eager gestation. :
I think they start getting into puberty around 3/4 the size of the adults. None of this is a real concern, unless your tank is a small habitat for the fish.
But if want to keep numbers in check, the 5 new platy should be able to keep the newer fry in check; via eating them. Platy and other livebearers are notorious for eating their own young and the young of other fish.
05-01-2012, 03:42 AM #3
Thanks for the response, good info, I think im gonna let em be and see what happens, they seem happy enough and my boy loves em. hopefully they prove to be exellent cannibals when the next generation of little ones arrive. cant belive these five made it.
05-01-2012, 02:46 PM #4
Good luck. And your welcome, always happy to help.