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    Hi all. I'm kind of new to having fish and I was wondering if one of the platys I own is pregnant or if it has fish bloat. I'm thinking it's pregant since the fish's lower belly is swollen and it doesn't have scales protruding out. Here's some pictures:

    The lower fish is the one I'm wondering about:
    [img]http://home.**********.com/buckeye/images/100_0401.JPG[/img]


    It's on the left in this picture:
    [img]http://home.**********.com/buckeye/images/100_0398.JPG[/img]


    [img]http://home.**********.com/buckeye/images/100_0406.JPG[/img]


    Thanks,


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    First, How much have you been feeding them? How long have you had them? Do they follow each other alot?
    Some day... Venus flytraps will develop legs! and go around eating all us humans! NAH!
    Maybe....

    NO IM NOT A HIPPIE

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]First, How much have you been feeding them?
    I have 9 fish in the tank. So I give them a good pinch of flake food twice a day. The fish always eat all the food within a couple minutes too.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]How long have you had them?
    2 1/2 weeks.

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    Quote[/b] ]Do they follow each other alot?
    Yes they do. I rarely see them appart.


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    Your platy may very well be pragnant. I'm not very good at telling things from pictures, we'll just have to wait until some expert comes in and chime...*cough*biggun110*cough*.... well, from my past experience, livebearers which includes platy's, mollies, swordtail, guppies etc... They have a tendency to BREED like CRAZY. I would recommend setting up a fry tank or adding more plants so if they do give birth the other platies won't swallow them up. Also a good source of food for the frys will be great. A great source that somebody told me (Bobby aka Biggun) is www.brineshrimpdirect.com, but another method is grinding up flakes etc. Well there a lot of methods out there.

    But I'm not great with pictures, so if they are pragnant, CONGRATULATION, if not, then in a couple of days, I'm sure one is bound to be pregnant.

    Well anyone can correct me if I'm wrong, I'm just a novice =D

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    if it was bloated, it would be hovering near the top of the water, rolling on its belly form time to time, and its body would always be at a 45 degree angle.

    Looks like babies to me! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img] congratulations!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]

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    That fish is very healthy looking - no dropsy or that Malawi bloat. She is due fairly soon. Youcan tell by the "squaring off" of her abdomen. Look also at her "gravid spot", near her anus. You might be able to see EYES. Please get some plants for the babies! Don't want to see them get eaten.

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    Ok, thanks everyone. Could I use some sort of divider and just close her off until she has the babies?? Iíve seen little plastic breeder dividers that hang on the side of the tank (like this one: Breeder ) Also, what do i do with them as soon as they get bigger (don't platies usually have like 30+)?? I only have a 20 gal. tank!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Thanks


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    You can adapt a plastic container, such as a large Gladware container to the tank. All it needs to do is be able to stretch across the tank (so it doesn't fall in) and yet be submerged. You then use a knife to cut slits at the bottom of the container, large enough for the babies only. You also need to either use another tank for mom and children or find a temporary home for the other fish. I used a coathanger to poke through the container in order for the contraption to reach across the tank. Good luck!

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