The news at our house is BABY FISHIES. In the comments section of the post about the fish, Steph said it looked like I had both male and female fish and that the females looked pregnant. Me: *flipping out with both panic and glee*
Later that same day, William was watching the fish and he yelled out "BABY FISH BABY FISH I SEE A BABY FISH!!" and we all went rushing over and there were two tiny baby fish in the tank. I did some mad Googling and some mad Steph-emailing, and so far we know there are at least two babies that are alive as of this morning---but we are trying not to get too attached. It's touch-and-go because the grown-ups eat the babies, you see. And it's hard to tell what's going on because the babies are very good at hiding. Maybe babies are being continually born and eaten and we just keep seeing new ones, or maybe there are only two but they have good survival skillz. And we don't even know if these are baby platies or if they might be baby MINNOWS. What a wild and crazy time to be alive!
SOME sites suggest letting nature take its course in this situation: the grown-up platys are, um, PROLIFIC BREEDERS, so if you make special arrangements for the babies you can end up with a tank overrun with fish. Other sites suggest an in-tank baby fish nursery, and I got one of those but have been unable to catch the babies. (The way you're supposed to do it is put the mama fish in the nursery until she has the babies, then remove her---but I am not even sure I know which ones are pregnant, and their pregnancies last 4 weeks so I don't want to coop them up for a really long time, and wouldn't she just eat her babies right away if they were in a little box and unable to hide? Gruesome.)
Other sites suggest removing the babies to another tank, and we even HAVE another tank but it's unheated; also see note about not being able to catch the babies. Other sites (and also Steph) suggest adding more small plants for the babies to hide in, so that's the current plan.
We spend a lot of time gathered around the tank looking for babies and shouting "I SEE ONE, I SEE ONE!!--oh wait, that's a flake of food."
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