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PostSubject: Fishy question   Sat 18 Feb 2012, 9:12 pm

I have 2 coldwater platties and one of them is very fat and has been for a few weeks. I thought she was pregnant but nothing has arrived yet.
The other plattie will not leave her alone, it is not attacking her but swimming right next to her and not leaving her for a minute and keeps rubbing bellies.

Has anyone had this with their fish?

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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Sat 18 Feb 2012, 9:27 pm

Do fish carry? I thought they released eggs which then were fertilized by the male in the tank?
What do you feed them just normal fish food? I've heard they can get a bit bunged up and should be fed things like bloodworm, peas, lettuce etc every now and again.
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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Sat 18 Feb 2012, 9:32 pm

Just read that platties are live bearing and there is a picture of a pregnant one and some info.
http://www.thinkfish.co.uk/article/Platies__Swordtails/
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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Sat 18 Feb 2012, 10:02 pm

Thanks Zoe, that was a great help.

I definately have a male and a female and judging by the pic in the link I think she is pregnant.

I feed them on flake, dried bloodworm and they often help themselves to the algae pellets I throw in for my loach. They do often pick at the algae in the tank.

I did try throwing in a piece of cucumber for my loach (I used to do this in my tropical set up) but none of them touched it

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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Sun 19 Feb 2012, 1:04 am

If she is pregnant you might have to remove the babies from the tank as i think they can be eaten!

I have a black moor and a black ranchu was thinking of adding a loach, what type have you got that's ok with cold water? How big is your tank? Mine is only 6gallon but gettin a 3 foot one soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Sun 19 Feb 2012, 9:33 am

Its only 19 litre, my loach will only grow to 3" so perfect for the smaller tank

http://www.loaches.com/species-index/beaufortia-kweichowensis

Someone has a slightly larger tank for sale locally, its a corner tank which will fit nicely in the kitchen so we are thinking about buying that and moving the 2 platties out of the current one

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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Tue 21 Feb 2012, 4:47 pm

Platties are live bearing and breed extremely easily so she may be pregnant.
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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Tue 03 Apr 2012, 8:21 pm

mmm well the babies never showed so I assumed she was just FAT. Last weekend I integrated them into my tropical tank that I have set up in the kitchen with some guppies as it is a lot bogger tank and today I have come home and she is lovely and slim with no babies in site. Where she would have given birth looks a little bit inflamed and is a bit red so I can only assume she has had babies and they have all been eaten.
If she was then she has been carrying for about 10-12 weeks now which is a heck of a lot longer than she should have done.


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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Tue 03 Apr 2012, 11:17 pm

Hmmm. If it happens again, drop a handfull of marbles into one corner of the tank so the babies can swim into the gaps for protection.
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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Wed 04 Apr 2012, 6:09 am

Hi Erica

There are a lot of rocks on the bottom of the tank so I was hoping they would be in there as plenty of hiding places

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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Wed 04 Apr 2012, 10:19 am

Ohhhhhhhhhhh so have we decided if Fish Babies are on th horizon?
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PostSubject: Re: Fishy question   Wed 04 Apr 2012, 12:19 pm

I think they have been eaten Suzie :-(

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