Why is my platy laying on the bottom of the tank?

Why is my platy laying on the bottom of the tank?

This is an instinctual behavior in pregnant platies and is not a matter of concern. They’re just searching for a safe place to give birth to their fry and to protect them from other inhabitants in the tank. Once pregnant platies have given birth to their fry, they will return to their usual eating behavior.

How long does it take for platy fry to release?

6-10 weeks

How can you tell if a platy is a male?

Find the Fins Look closely at your platy’s underside, and note the two fins protruding from its belly. The fin in the rear, or anal fin, is called the gonopodium. In female platys this fin is shaped like a fan. If your platy is male, however, the gonopodium will be pointy, flat and long.

How many Platies Can I put in a 10 gallon tank?


Do Platies eat their own babies?

Because platy fish have a tendency to eat their own fry, it’s best if you separate adult fish from the juveniles as soon as the female platy fish releases them.

How many Platies do I need for a 40 Litre tank?

An aquarium this size will hold around 15 tropical or 7 cold water fish of 3cm length at adulthood. This makes it one of the smaller tanks around on the market, and one that is extremely suitable for a beginner’s first tank or a child’s first tank.

What fish can you keep with platys?

Small peaceful fish are the perfect tank companions, especially with species that are loosely related such as Mollies, Guppies or Swordtails. They also get along well with other similar size and temperament fish such as Corydoras, Tetras, Characins, Gouramis, small peaceful barbs and obviously other Platy Fish.

Why is my Mickey Mouse platy hiding?

Reasons why platies hide in the tank Hiding spots work as a safe haven for the tropical fish. Whenever something bothers them or they get scared, they will immediately move towards the hiding spot to make sure nothing harms them. These hiding spots can help them when they are stressed or nervous.

Can Platies live in soft water?

platies are very hardy given appropriate conditions. They are found (in the wild) in hardwater streams and some even in brackish or marine environs. the key to keeping platies generally tends to be keeping your GH/kh high enough. soft water tends to be hard on platies.

Where is the gravid spot on a platy?

A gravid spot is a darkly colored spot on female livebearers, situated just behind the anal fin. It grows larger during pregnancy, getting larger the closer a fish is to giving birth.

What do platys do when about to give birth?

The Eyes of the Fry and Signs of Impending Birth 1 To accommodate the developing eggs, the mother’s body expands, becoming deeper and broader. A few days before delivery, she develops a bulge below the gills, her outline becoming fairly square in this region, while the gravid spot has enlarged its area.

How do I know when my platy has finished giving birth?

Once the gravid spot on a livebearer is translucent again, she’s done……Hard to tell on black or very dark colored fish…….