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Baby Platy
April 19, 2008
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Sofia
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During last week I saw a small orange fish swim past and thought it was a hallucination. This morning my boyfriend fed the fish and he came upstairs all excited telling me that there was a baby fish. It must be a platy. /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

However, the mothers are still very big and that little one is the only one. It is about a centimeter big already, so must have been around for quite some time.
I really don't know what happened, but it made me think of the dead platy. Could it be it is hers and she died in 'childbirth'? The baby is very shy when the lights are on and hides, which is whi we never saw it. I am absolutely chuffed, but not sure where he came from.
If he was from the dead mother he'd be about 2 weeks old on Monday. Would that fit with his size? She didn't seem pregnant and the other two still are very big and look as if they are about to burst.

They also start to change colour now slightly. They have reddish ceeks now and their tummies are more red than orange now as well.

I wonder how the little one survived. We didn't feed any small food, but thinking about it one of the female platies had been in hiding so maybe they have a maternal instinct and she helpd it through?

Whichever it is, we are thrilled at our first baby fish /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

April 19, 2008
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/cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> Haha good news Sofia. Platies don't exhibit any form of brood care though so the most likely scenario is that this little guy's brothers and sisters all ended up on the menu I'm afraid. If your fish are becoming more colourful this is generally a sign that you are looking after them well. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

Cake or death?
April 19, 2008
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Looking after them well sounds good. I love them all to bits. The little one is getting more comfortable now and actually swims around the bogwood, so he (I think it is a she though judging by the fin, but I only saw it for a short period) is clearly visible at times. It has the same colour as the females, so (I think Keith said) it seems to be a gold platy /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

April 22, 2008
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I am a bit worried about my pregnant platies.

They both clearly show tiny black dots in their abdomens, but still haven't given birth. It's been ages now and i am worried about them. They are twice as big as the male is!

Any ideas? I have been adding more plants to provide hiding spots

April 22, 2008
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they will drop when they feel ready, the average is 30 days, but many take longer. good you are adding more plants. it's a waiting game i'm afraid.

April 23, 2008
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That's ok then. Just don't want her to explode! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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