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    I've been to a lot of forums, and have been reading this one for a while before I registered and I am thoroughly impressed with the information I have gotten.

    With that being said, I have a 10 gallon tank that I did a fish-less cycle. Took me a bit to get it all under control but we made it. 2 weeks after I made sure it was cycled, The wifey picked out 2 fish. A dalmatian molly and a sunburst platy. Both are flourishing fine and dandy in their new home. We went back to the pet store today to get some dog food and she seen they have micky mouse platy and a creamsicle molly she is wanting to get. Now, I know they have a high bioload but would 4 be to much. I have a whisper 20i filter and do weekly water changes. If so, is 3 to many? Thats all that we're putting in this tank, as it was first an idea for the kiddo to look at.

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    I think you can get away with three fish. Do pay attention to the sexes of the fish though or you'll be having tons of little fish.

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    I think you can get away with three fish. Do pay attention to the sexes of the fish though or you'll be having tons of little fish.
    Definitely!!

    Would all males be a bad thing??

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    All males would be ok, they're not usually territorial, however if you do finish up with a female in there she's gonna be in all sorts of strife. I don't think you'd have an issue with babies though, 4-6 adults in a 10 gallon would polish off any fry before population became an issue

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    I think 4 is ok, all males would be preferred, because if you end up with 3 males and 1 female they will chase her constantly

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    We thought 2 female MM platys would be fine, until someone here let me know that they can carry fry for WEEKS after fertilization...all of a sudden we are the proud owners of 4 platty fry...

    We may have had more that became snacks for Mom...

    As you can see in my sig, we are way overstocked in our 10 gallon, but with a 30 gallon filter on the 10 gallon tank, we seem to be holding our own as far as water parameters go...I check them every other day, and I do a 60-70% water change once a week...

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    I think you should definately go for having all males. I have had platied and the males just dont get as big as the females. If they were all males I would think 4 would be okay as long as you keep up the waterchanges.

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    Well that was good to wake up to. Our pet store lets me pick my own fish and since I can tell the difference ill make sure to get all males. Thanks for all the good input.
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    Have you considered shrimp, such as Red Cherry Shrimp (RCS)?...they are very easy for beginners, hardly any bioload, and they are just plain fun to watch...my daughter loves them

    There are many kinds of shrimp to choose from, but RCS are cheap and easy to care for
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    just make sure there is plenty of hiding space since my platys have seen them as a easy meal before

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