What Sort Of Food Besides Fish Food Can I Feed My Platy
Anyone got a list of food I can feed my platy to vary the boring diet? Pet Shop said I should feed every other day but I want the fish to eat well, drink (fresh water!)
Hi, can anybody help me? I think I have a pregnant Platy fish. I got her from Premium Pet Supply 3 days ago and am starting to get worried about her giving birth and that kind of stuff. She has a blue patch of color right by her anal fin and has a darker oval thing under it. She also has a swollen belly. Recently, she has been barely eating the food I serve my tank (29 gallon tank with 3 assorted molly’s and 3 platy’s) , Algae Wafers, and has been hiding in the space under my big castle decoration and only comes out to snap at the other fish if they come too close to the castle bottom entrance. Sometimes, she comes up to swim strait at the bubblier, lay outside of the castle entrance, and then goes back in and just sits there. I did take some photographs to try and help but I’m not sure how to share them with you. Thanks!
I have my platys, 3 females and a very large male in an unheated 15 gallon tank that is now at 66F. It also contains white clouds and 3 native redside shiners which are stressed in the summer but are a great aquarium fish. However, though not aggressive, they are very quick and somewhat, in human terms, jealous feeders, grabbing spinach from the platys even though it’s not a favorite food. After they consumed the babys of several platys I isolated a gravid female in a 2.5 gallon tank who gave me 20 plus young, after consuming 5 or more before I removed her. They are doing well. The surprise is a single lone survivor baby platy that is larger than the ones in safety, though still very small. It lives in and about a cage of Monosolenium tenerum and adjacent java moss in a plastic plant. It is bold, very much so and I hold my breath as shiners pass by in their effective search for food. I quit trying to capture it as it is too fast and I don’t want to injure it. I can only hope it survives to be large enough not to be eaten, say small white cloud size. As well, it manages to remain hidden during weekly substrate cleanings and water change.
Baby platy fish do not require different food from adults.
Hello: How much flake food should be fed to platy fish
The Livebearer group includes four larger families: Four-eyed Fish (Anablepidae), Halfbeaks (Hemirhamphidae), Mexican Topminnows (Goodeidae), and Live-bearing Toothcarps (Poecilliidae). The Platy is a livebearing Toothcarps and belongs to the Poecilliidae family. It is the larges of the four families and contains nearly 200 species, including several other well known aquarium species, such as Molly, Guppy and Swordtail. All species in the Poecilliidae family are equipped with teeth in both their lower and upper jaw. Theses fishes originate from America, but wild Poecilliidae fish are today found in tropical and subtropical waters in many parts of the world. Most wild Poecilliidae fish found outside America originates from aquarium fish that have been released into the wild by aquarists. In several parts of Asia Poecilliidae fish has however been deliberately introduced in an effort to combat malaria by reducing the amount of mosquitoes.
The Platy is a popular beginner fish, since it is relatively sturdy, easy to care for and also easy to spawn in captivity. It will not grow larger than 2.5 inches and a single Platy can be kept in a 5 gallon aquarium. You can choose from many different Platy variants, including the common red Wagtail Platy. Other popular variants are Sunset Platy, Variatus Platy and Tuxedo Platy. Your Platy will do best if kept in water that is slightly alkaline. It will probably survive on a diet consisting of nothing but flake food, but it will do much better if you supplement the flake food with live or frozen foods. A varied diet ensures that your Platy receives all necessary nutrients to stay strong and healthy. The colours of the Platy can also turn dull from an insufficient diet.
If you want to breed Platy one of the best ways is to buy 2-3 female Platy that are really fat. A fat female Platy are most likely pregnant and you can expect offspring within a month. You can see which Platy are female and which Platy are male by looking at their gonopodium. A gonopodium is the anal fin, or more precisely the anterior portion of the anal fin, that has turned into a copulatory organ. Both male and female fish can display a large gonopodium, but a male Platy will display a gonopodium that is elongated and much larger than that of a female gonopodium. Sperm is transferred from the male Platy to the female Platy via his gonopodium. Your female Platy will become more and more swollen as the birthday comes closer, and it is not unusual for female Platies to look almost like small, square cubes. Feed her a lot of live food in addition to flake food, since live food makes the fry bigger and healthier, while high quality flake food is an excellent base. It is very important that you keep the aquarium clean and remove as much solvable waste as possible. Water changes of approximately 25% should be performed once a week, preferably even more frequent.
Platy fry can be fed newly hatched brine shrimp, newly hatched daphnia, or they can befed powdered fry food for livebearing fish. You can find these online or at your petstore. I've successfully raised baby platies to adulthood using dried fry food, however,you are going to get better growth of your fry if you feed them live food as well as the driedfood. Don't try to feed them flake food for adults because the fry are too small to eat them.