Over the Memorial Day weekend hubby was in a wedding in Bismarck. While there, I just haaaad to go to PetSmart since we don't have one here. I bought 2 more platys (bringing me to a total of 6) and a snail.
Knowing I was pushing the limits of the 10-gallon tank I talked Ken into letting me buy and set up a 29-gallon. As of Monday morning I moved the 6 platys to the new tank and left the snail and the corydoras in the 10-gallon until the 29-gallon is done cycling.
Much to my shock and amazement, as I was cleaning out the 10-gallon a bit I noticed 4 platy babies! I originally noticed 1 a few days prior to that but had lost it just as quickly as I discovered it so I thought it was a goner. Guess not! It survived along with 3 of its siblings. I'm waiting to transfer them over to the 29-gallon tank after they've grown a little more. I'm kind of afraid if I tried moving them now I may hurt them with the net.
I tried so hard to get pictures of the babies but either my camera skills leave something to be desired or my camera isn't that good (or a combination of the two!
) I just can't focus in on them enough. Every time I tried to get close the rest of the picture (gravel in the tank) became extremely blurry. The first thing I noticed when the babies were big enough to get some color was that they're all orangish-yellow with black fins. Do all baby platys look like that and change coloring as they get bigger or does this mean I'll have 4 that look very much alike?
It's fun watching them at feeding time. When I sprinkle food in the tank the cory along with the 4 babies come out of hiding to munch a little. If the cory gets a little too close for comfort they dart off pretty quickly. That's amazing instinct!
I did manage to get a few nice pictures of the 29-gallon setup but I'll have to wait until I'm logged out of my work computer to be able to post those.
Once everybody in the 10-gallon tank has been moved over to the 29, I'm moving the 2 goldfish into the 10. That will give them yet so more room. They seem to be doing great lately as well!
It's exciting to be a fish grandma!