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    Question Breeding boxs (or mesh) Are they any good?

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    And how would you know when your platy is soon going to give birth other than the really big belly?

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    breeding nets are really useful to protect young fish, be it livebearer or not. most adult livebearers on't really pursue their young(contrary to common perception)
    but they are formidable competition in terms of food. a breeding net lets the youngsters eat without adults stealing everything. be sure to remove the juveniles from the breeding net as soon as they can
    hold their own outside because breeding nets can stunt growth and lead to (too) early maturation especially in males.

    not very sure how to tell when a livebearer is going to give birth. supposedly a dark mark appears around the vent a few days before but
    my guppies always have it regardless of pregnancy or not. a female livebearer that is about to give birth will isolate herself and stay still in order to avoid detection, so
    when you suddenly have a gravid fish that is hovering in the plants, behind the heater, etc and not interested in coming out at feedings then that might mean that fry are on their way.

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    Thanks so much!!!
    Allergic to all things furry.

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    And how would you know when your platy is soon going to give birth other than the really big belly?
    Livebearers look a bit 'squared off' at the back when they are about to drop.

    Personally I never bothered with breeder nets for live bearers, They are SUCH prolific breeders that the real issue is what to do with all the fry.
    Last edited by Goes to 11!; 05-30-2013 at 01:14 AM.
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    I use breeder mech boxes for multiple things. At the moment, mine is being used to separate a darter that got mean until I can take him to a pet store, and it was formerly used for tadpoles. Another use for it is separating injured fish from the main tank to let them recover and eat without competition.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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