To my surprise, the last pregnant Red Mickey Mouse Platy delivered 36 new-born fry today! I thought maybe today or tomorrow but I guess it was time. I still haven’t figured out assuming the date of delivery so my fish journal will help me on that too. The babies born without my attention, so I think a lot of them eaten by mommy fish, sad really. But still I have over 30 new-born fry today, so amazing!
36 New Born Fry_06. Jul. 2011
They are all healthy (at least looks like it). I put them into fry fish tank. So now they have more space to swim and play with each other. 🙂
I still have early born fry in other little fry tank. Like this:
Little Platies with Pink Bio Sand
I bought this plastic ‘plate’ at this Japanese cheap stuffs store on the street last weekend. 7.8 HKD for 2 plates, pretty cheap and awesome! Big enough for many new-born babies for sure. Hehe.. The pink thing is the “Bio-sand” pink version which makes the air in the water. My dad sent me 2 packs of this. I thought it was funny that he sent me something for my fishes but my dad is also a big fan of tropical fish but he is more fond of little shrimp. He used to have a really big fish tank for his shrimps as his hobby. My mom didn’t like it because it got a bit extreme like my dad wanted to have them more and more and buy bigger fish tank, etc.. Anyway, so when I first told my mom about my fish, I was a bit nervous, thought that she might hate it but she seems really like me having fishes. – Also, I promise her not to go too far..!
But here I am, I have more than 120 platy fry and another 10 adult platy. Oh wait, no, I have 9 adult platy. This morning I found out one of my red mm platy died. She was the one who had so many babies (46 fry) and I guess it was too hard for her. She wasn’t swimming lively ever since she delivered fry so I was worried. Anyway, so I am heading to extreme side, hope I don’t end up with 300 fry next month! oops.
Talking about fry. I think they’re really amazing. It’s kind of weird that mom platy eats their children because they think it’s a food. Kind of freaky actually. So unless if you have many plants in your fish tank so that new-born fry can hide, you only can expect 1~8 alive fry in your fish tank. – IF you’re lucky! I saw lots of people didn’t even know they had fry in their fish tank because the mommy ate them all. When you see them in your fish tank, those are the toughest one and will live well, healthy. Because that means they have some guts to swim here and there and hiding from their monster mom fish. Those survivor fry are very strong. But still, if you want to keep them safe, maybe it is a good idea to separate them from adult ones. When I first saw mom fish eating just new-born little ones, I was SO MAD and felt like I just want to grab them and you know, punish them! lol.. So be careful when you have a pregnant fish in your fish tank. Keep on eyes on them.
I have about 2-3 weeks old Blue(platinum) MM Platy fry. They were 9 at first but now I only have 4. They’re growing very fast I think. I am giving them ‘TetraMin Baby’ fish food. It’s very small so the fry can eat them, no trouble. I should record fry’s dinner moment some time. It’s really fun. When the fry just new-born, you don’t need to feed them for 2~3 days because they usually born with food under their belly or something. It’s like an egg yolk. And 2~3 days later you can start giving them food but still, they’re really small and cute creatures, you still can’t really see them eating. But now, with my 2-3 weeks old fry, every time I give them food, I can see them eating. They bite food and you know, you can see them enjoying their food, for real! :p It’s so cute. Sometimes, if the food is big, they bite the food to make small or if it’s still big, they spit it out and bite & eat again. Sometimes I lost my track of time just watching them. It is true that one of biggest happy moments and the attraction of having fish is, having the next generation and take care of them. And someday, they have fry again! Woo!
I can say, this is my first time that I actually am good at taking care of my fishes. So I think as long as I don’t mess up a big time, I will have some cute junior fishes soon in next 2~3 months. 🙂