Although I've kept tropical fish for several years now, this is my first dealings with a pregnant fish. In the past I always bought things that were difficult for the novice to breed! With livebearers I have discovered just how easy it can be. I have a female platy, she is a sunburst x variatus cross that was bred to the same crossed male (possibly her brother I would suspect). I was given several of them as babies by a friend of mine.
She is now about a month pregnant and two days ago I moved her from my 46g planted tank into a spare 10g. I filled the 10g completely with water from my established tank so I wouldn't stress her with cycling. I placed with her several artificial plants and a live Amazon sword and moss ball because she likes to nibble off of the live plants, although I know they will not survive long term in this tank with it's poor lighting.
My concern is that ever since I moved her she had been pacing the glass nonstop! Something she never did in the big tank.. She was sometimes harassed by the males in the other tank and I would like to save the fry so I thought this would be a good move for her; give her a chance to relax and birth in peace and then allow me to raise the fry. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm worried she is so stressed she will absorb the fry or something.. do you think she is upset by the smaller tank, being alone, or maybe the fake plants? Maybe I should move her back and hope for the best? Any info would be greatly appreciated! (Sorry for the looong post!)
Here are a few photos:http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd439/beth2324/IMG_4852.jpghttp://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd439/beth2324/IMG_4856.jpghttp://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd439/beth2324/IMG_4865.jpghttp://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd439/beth2324/IMG_4869.jpg