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3 weeks ago, I bought 2 Female mickey mouse platties and 1 Male, i noticed one of the females is pregnant and this morning i found 2 fry in my tank. I’ve read its recommended to put them in a seperate tank, but i don’t have one. any suggestions on how i can raise them without them getting eaten by the other adult fish in my tank?This is my first tank and i’m clueless when it comes to raising the fry. please help!
how can i tell the difference between a girl and a boy mickey mouse fish? PLEASE ANSWER!! =)
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The Mickey Mouse Platy is sexually mature as early as four months of age, which means young fish should be sexed and separated when they are very young. Female platys who mate will retain sperm packets and can continue to give birth without mating again for a number of monthsOnce mating has occured, and the eggs are fertilized, it takes about 30 days for the fry to emerge. The temperature can slow down or speed up the process (warmer water shortens the gestation period). Typical broods are 40-60 fry, which are born live. Everything You Need to Know About the Mickey Mouse Platy Fish: Mickey Mouse Platy
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Scientifically known as Xiphophorus maculates, these orange and black platys also go by Mickey Mouse platy, southern platy and moonfish. Males of this species are significantly smaller than the females; males reaching up to 1 ½ inches and females 2 ½ inches. They begin to breed at a young age of only a few months old, and then never seem to stop. The female can produce a new batch of babies about every month. Like other platys, Mickey Mouse fish breed easily. The female only needs to mate with a male once to give birth for several months in a row.Determine if you have a male and female Mickey Mouse fish. If your fish are adults, based on age, and there is a significant size different then you likely have a male and female. If you have a male and female adult Mickey Mouse fish, the female is likely pregnant, or will be soon.Calculate the age of your fish if possible. If you know your Mickey Mouse fish are over the age of 5 months then you know they are old enough to breed.The Blue Mickey Mouse Platy adds brilliant color to the aquarium and are very easy to keep. These features make it a great fish for beginners and accomplished aquarists alike. The Blue Mickey Mouse Platy requires an aquarium of at least 10 gallons that is densely planted with hardy plants like Java Fern and Java Moss. The Blue Mickey Mouse Platy is a very peaceful fish and makes an excellent addition to the freshwater community aquarium. Any other peaceful fish can be housed with them.The Marigold Mickey Mouse Swordtail is a live-bearing fish related to freshwater aquarium favorites including guppies, mollies, and platys. As such, a female Marigold Mickey Mouse Swordtail can give birth to as many as 80 fry at one time. A spawning box is recommended, or if one is not available, provide dense floating cover to protect the Swordtail fry from potential predation by the adults. Unless it is your intention to breed Marigold Mickey Mouse Swordtails, the male Swordtail fry should be separated once the sex of the fry is determined. The Swordtail can begin breeding as young as three months of age and can quickly overpopulate an aquarium.The Mickey Mouse Platy requires a tank of at least 10 gallons that is densely planted with hardy plants like Java Fern and Java Moss. They are very peaceful fish and make an excellent addition to the community tank. Any other peaceful fish can be housed with them.