BAP Report from: Benjamin E. McGrew Video Journal Species Xiphophorus maculatus Platy (Female Sunburst Mickey Mouse / Male Sunburst Wag) Reproduction Method of Reproduction: Livebearer Number and Gender Distribution of Parents: Single Pair Origin of Parents: Tank Raised (Purchased from LFS) Approximate number of fry: 11 Date of Birth: (06/26/2019) Approx. Number of Fry at 30 Days: 11 Aquarium Conditions pH — ca. 7.3-7.6 GH — 7 (125.3 ppm) KH — 3 (53.7 ppm) Temperature: 79-degrees Fahrenheit in tank, 74-degrees F in fry container Average Nitrate: 10-15 ppm Aquarium Size: in inches, 10 X 20 X 12 — standard 10 Gallon aquarium Water Source: town / city water Water Changes: 50-60% 1x per week Filtration System: basic hang-on-back, with additional small sponge filter Décor & Environment Live Plants: Ludwigia Repens, Amazon Sword (small), Java Fern Caves or Similar Hiding Places: “Dragon Stone” cave Substrate: Tan, generic Pea-sized gravel Lighting Type and Timing: two low-light LED strips, one came with 10 Gal. kit, the other bought from WalMart and attached to the lid underside with zip ties. Lights are on for 14 hours, from 7 am to 9 pm Feeding Food Fed to Parents and How Often: 2x / day — mixture of live baby brine shrimp that we hatch, Fluval Bug Bites, and Cobalt Fry Minis Food Fed to Fry and How Often: 2x-3x / day — first weeks, mixture of Sera Micron powder mixed with tank water, and baby brine shrimp that we hatch; after two weeks, we feed same foods to fry as parents, in smaller amounts Photographs Comments and Additional Information We built a small rig using a critter container with unequally drilled holes, and airline attached. Air lifts water from the 10-gal tank up one hose into the fry container, and a lower outflow hose returns water down to the tank. This keeps fry separate from the parents without dramatically changing the water chemistry. The water temperature is about 5-degrees Fahrenheit cooler in the rig than in the tank. A small sponge filter was added to the tank before transferring the month-old fry over from the small fry rig. This was to help account for the greater bio load. A young long-finned albino bristle nose pleco was added to help moderate some of the algae build up . . . and because we plan to breed plecos eventually, and were eager to find this variety. The fry vary slightly from both parents in darkness of orange-yellow coloration, and in the tail patterning. This may change with growth and maturation.