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Hanna
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OUR PLATIES
« on: September 02, 2010, 07:20:36 PM »

Hey,

Here they are our first 5 little platies: Blacky, Baby, Bill, Mickey and Teddy.
They were quite nervous the first 2 days but in the meantime they settled down and start to come to the front when it's feeding time. Baby always tries to catch up with the others  Cheesy, all quick swimmers.
Yesterday they got a bloodworm treat, geez they gulped it down.
In a few days we'll get the 2nd bunch of platies. Then in another week we'll start with the guppies.

Here some pics  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010, 07:23:33 PM »

are they with your betta or in a different tank
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 07:38:01 PM »

They are in a different tank, we set this one up last week. Barbarossa is in the 34 l one with the neons and corys Wink
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2010, 01:27:45 AM »

They're so pretty! Smiley I like them very much! How nice that you picked a few different colors! Smiley
That's the thing I like so much about platies, they're incredibly cute fish with their body shape but they can still sport so many different colors and varieties Smiley I miss keeping platies :'D

(If I would actually get a fish everytime I said that... xD There are so many fish I like and want to keep!!! But for now, I've got no space nor money for another tank, so I'll just see what I can do with the orb Smiley)
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2010, 01:58:40 AM »

Aw cute Smiley But alot harder to see than the goldfish cause they are so mini. I really like platies too and I know exactly what you mean. I watch these documentaries on ocean or river life and I always want to get the fish I see on there. Like mudskippers, they are one of the cutest fish ever.
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2010, 03:24:55 AM »

Thanks all,
yes especially Baby, he is really tiny, tiny but so brave  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2010, 06:13:40 PM »

... got the sneaking suspicion that Blacky is a girl... belly is getting so round and after inspecting the gonopodium and trying to compare with the other ones...( while they zip around so quick ) could't see it  Shocked
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2010, 02:11:38 AM »

In live bearers, the gonopodium is the breeding organ of males, females instead have the "normal" anal fin there, so it should be pretty easy to spot the difference! Since the gonopodium looks more pointy and thin than the fin does Smiley By the way... maybe it's not as easy to see right now, but as the platies grow it should be even easier to see the difference between the genders because females grow much bigger and get rounder body than the males do Cheesy Maybe you can see differences in body shape already if you look closely?
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2010, 04:08:04 AM »

LOL, exactly, this is WHY i am pretty sure that Blacky is a girl and perhaps Teddy too  Cheesy
Just had another close look...
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2010, 02:25:14 PM »

Well then d: You might have some platy babies some day (SOON) d:
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2010, 04:31:23 PM »

Yes, looks like it. We keep a very close eye on it and eventually it will happen we'll give the fry to the pet shop Wink
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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2010, 02:40:52 AM »

Yay! Smiley Since we kept our platies with goldfish, most of their kids were eaten xD So we could easily keep the ones left Smiley Which were 2 or three I think Cheesy

Will you post photos of the new platies here too? Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2010, 06:08:48 AM »

OF COURSE,  Grin

We also moved Cory and Dora into the big tank, Barbarossa now has got the Neons company and a Bristlenose named Kate... hahaha Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2010, 06:10:33 AM »

A Bristlenose!!! Post photos, they are my favourites Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2010, 06:45:39 AM »

Hah! Kate is a great name! xD By the way, you can tell the gender on bristlenoses by looking at the bristles Smiley Females don't have any, while males can grow a HUGE mustasche of them! Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2010, 07:13:13 AM »

WOW, thanks Nossie  Kiss , I learned sth again... didn't know that.
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« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2010, 07:15:14 AM »

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A Bristlenose!!! Post photos, they are my favourites Smiley

Will try, as they are so quick, most times in some holes and caves "cleaning". Sometimes they are on the glass too, I call them our "window cleaners" They are so cute too Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2010, 01:40:32 PM »

My sister keeps two or three of them at a time in the 100L at home Smiley They're so cute! Especially when they're sucking on the glass! Once one of them was sucking on some ornament that we took out of the tank, so we found him dead and dry :'c They simply won't let go of what they grab... no matter what xD Sometimes it's funny, sometimes less. It's cute when I change the water in that tank when they're hanging under the leaves of the big Java Ferns Cheesy They won't let go even if the water goes away o_O Until after a while, that is d:
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« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2010, 12:50:39 AM »

Aw that's sad about the dead and dry one Sad But also amazing. They are such lovely fish I reckon. Do you know how big they grow? I wouldn't mind having one in the tank Sunshine is in at the moment once Sunshine is in her new tank. But I also want to put a betta in there so I dunno if there will be enough room.
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« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2010, 02:41:50 AM »

They grow about 10cm long Smiley I'd say that if you get a betta, it would only be nice having one or two of these in that tank Cheesy But count about 20 l for each of them in that case, and for the betta, I guess 12 l. Hm, do you have a 50 L tank from earlier or how big was it again?

But in case you wonder, none of these fish make too much waste, and they live in such different layers in the water, so I doubt they'd ever be in the way of eachother.
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« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2010, 06:15:07 AM »

Nossie: sad story about the dried BN... Sad

Andrea: Yes, a Betta and a BN and a small shoal of Neon Tetras or even "ploncos" = Rummy Noses will be fine for Sunshines old tank  Wink

BTW will upload some pics of Bluey and Pepper, lol Grin
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« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2010, 06:19:25 AM »

And here a pic of Blacky, I am positive he is a she  Wink

What is yput opinion?

I think I have to prepare for a nursery...
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« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2010, 03:18:42 AM »

Bluey is so beautiful! :O Especially that strong blue spot by the tail!

Anyways... Blacky looks... very, very round o_O I'm starting wonder whether she's already pregnant c:
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« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2010, 05:40:17 AM »

 Shocked You may have brought one that is already pregnant haha. Pregnant fish sounds weird, how do live bearers do this? Do they have gender or what? I love Pepper by the way, such a perfect name Tongue

My tank is only 22L Sad So sounds like a no no. One day Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2010, 01:24:31 PM »

Thank you, Andrea and Nossie.
Haha, Blacky WAS already pregnant when we got her.... discovered it when we floated the bag in the tank that he was rounder than everybody else, but first thought that HE had eaten more than the others. Kept a close eye on him and discovered he's a SHE according to the fin / gonopodium. The best thing is that Teddy is a SHE too... hahahahaha  Shocked Roll Eyes
Baby and Bill always chasing her Grin

Bluey, Mickey and Teddy belong to those so called  "Mickey Mouse" platies. I will try to get some more close ups of them, also from our BN, got one in the platies tank too, named "her" Jane.
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« Reply #25 on: September 09, 2010, 01:31:14 PM »

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Shocked You may have brought one that is already pregnant haha. Pregnant fish sounds weird, how do live bearers do this? Do they have gender or what? I love Pepper by the way, such a perfect name Tongue

My tank is only 22L Sad So sounds like a no no. One day Smiley


You may keep this tank as a Q tank then? Or for a Betta and a BN?

The males have the gonopodium which aids transfering the sperm into the female to fertilize the eggs inside her. And after a few weeks she gives birth to ready made little fishies.

I haven't seen them doing it  Grin Grin but Mickey and Teddy were somewhere in the ship wreck the whole day 2 days ago, they must have had a "Love-party" Cheesy Cheesy Grin
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« Reply #26 on: September 09, 2010, 01:39:15 PM »

Here's another pic of Mickey and Blacky, good to compare their body shapes too and remarkable the difference in their ventral fins.
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« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2010, 06:06:00 PM »

Gosh Hanna your tanks are really beautiful!
I'm working on setting up a 20 gallon tropical tank right now.
It's running but no fish yet.  I ordered a heater so I'll have to wait until I get it before I add fish. Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2010, 03:49:18 AM »

Thanks Mindemae,

yes, hubby and me we got it, the Gold Fever, Morbus Platy, Guppynitis and much more fish bugs, LOL.
We're running 3 tanks now, the restored one for our goldies, their former small one with Barbarossa, 10 Neons, 1 BN Kate and since yesterday a YoYoLoach to eat the snails, and the new 140l tropical with Platies, Guppies, Cory and Dora moved and 1 BN Jane too. This one we want to add some Mollies too, but slowly. We are waiting 1-2 weeks before adding more stock and testing how the tank is doing.

Cannot wait to see your tanks Grin
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« Reply #29 on: September 13, 2010, 05:08:52 AM »

Love party in the ship wreck Cheesy Haha I love it! You're becoming a little expert on tropicals Hanna Smiley
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