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  1. Default to platy or not to platy?


    0 Not allowed!
    I currently have zebra danios, honey gourami, neon tetras, bloodfin tetras, panda corys, clown plecos and white clouds. In an effort to add a little more color and diversity I've been debating adding 3 plattys. Not right now but eventually. from reading it seems like they might go well with my community but i am unsure.

    I also worry about them having tons of babies. I was at the LFS watching fish (yeah I'm that lady...lol) making notes.. when i overheard a sales person say all of the females were pregnant. O.o I'm guessing my fish would eat a bunch of the babies but i do have a lot of places for hiding. What do you do if they breed and breed and babies survive and it puts you over your limit? I am cycling another tank but I think my hubby is going to use it for angel fish. Is there anyway to control it ? should i just get a couple females and let them have babies and see how many survive?

    Is there a better option to add color and size variation?

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    0 Not allowed!
    I wish we wouldn't have gotten them, they breed like rabbits and we are running out of room for them...luckily most get eaten but a few always survive
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal

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    1 Not allowed!
    What size is the tank and what are the exact numbers of the species you have?

    Sometimes upping the numbers of species results in more natural behaviour and greater colour intensity. This may be a better option for you and would save you dealing with loads of platy fry :D
    • 20 gallon: Posh shrimp tank: 2 F1 hybrid bee shrimps and MTS
    • 15 gallon: 1 Pair German Blue Ram, 9 Harlequin Rasbora, 1 Threadfin Rainbowfish, a lot of cherry shrimp and MTS

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    0 Not allowed!
    While I like all the Platy varieties and their easy care and I think your Danios and Bloodfin would keep thier fry under control, I just don't like the heavy bio-load they produce. That would be my only reason for not getting them.
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    0 Not allowed!
    The only way to control it is to buy all males. My father started with three platys several years ago and now I get lots of fry to feed my Texas cichlids. No matter what you try there are always a few that survive and over time they can over-run a tank.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    0 Not allowed!
    The same goes with Mollies and most other livebearers.
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