Found a new baby platy today

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Maz
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Found a new baby platy today

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Hi, I found a new platy fry in the tank today. From its size I guess it's about 2/3 weeks old. However, the only male adult platy died about 3 months ago. There's only 1 adult female in the tank (the others are its fry). Is the female adult platy able to retain sperm internally for later fertilisation?
Hope that doesn't sound like a daft question, just trying to solve the mystery.

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Yes but I didn’t realise it was this long!

“Platies have the ability to store sperm packets for 6 months”

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I always thought 8 months, although i think thats 8 sperm packets can be stored ;)

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Wow, clever things, these fish!
Thank you for the replies.

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It can be up to around 12 months that they can have fry after insemination.
They don't drop every month exactly, so 8 sperm sacs can last as long as necessary.

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