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post #1 of 3 Old 03-27-2012, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
What should I do?

I have a 45 gallon tank with many live plants. The problem is that I have 3 male fancy guppies and no female fancy guppies. However, I have 1 male platy and 5 female platies. They mate from time to time because I will ocassionally see babies but they would be difficult to catch in this planted tank so I'm assuming that they get eaten. All 3 male guppies continuously try to mate with one particular female platy. This has been going on for almost 6 months now but I think they are starting to wear her down. I don't want her to die but I also don't want to purchase some female guppies because they breed like crazy. I also don't want to get rid of the 3 fancy guppies.

What would you do?
Get rid of the 3 male guppies or purchase some female guppies to keep them occupied so they will back off this one platy. They do not bother any of the other female platies, which is wierd. Maybe it's just her colors that turn them on.

My tank consists of:
1 dwarf guarmi
1 male platy
5 female platies
3 male fancy guppies
8 neons
5 khuli loaches
3 otto cats
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-27-2012, 10:35 PM
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I have a 45 gallon tank with many live plants. The problem is that I have 3 male fancy guppies and no female fancy guppies. However, I have 1 male platy and 5 female platies. They mate from time to time because I will ocassionally see babies but they would be difficult to catch in this planted tank so I'm assuming that they get eaten. All 3 male guppies continuously try to mate with one particular female platy. This has been going on for almost 6 months now but I think they are starting to wear her down. I don't want her to die but I also don't want to purchase some female guppies because they breed like crazy. I also don't want to get rid of the 3 fancy guppies.

What would you do?
Get rid of the 3 male guppies or purchase some female guppies to keep them occupied so they will back off this one platy. They do not bother any of the other female platies, which is wierd. Maybe it's just her colors that turn them on.

My tank consists of:
1 dwarf guarmi
1 male platy
5 female platies
3 male fancy guppies
8 neons
5 khuli loaches
3 otto cats

In this I would just keep all one sex. Mixing male and female livebears, doesn't always work.

55 gallon planted tank, starting over!!!( looking crappy, needs a major rescape)
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-28-2012, 12:05 PM
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If you read our profile of the Platy [click the shaded name] you will note it mentions not keeping different livebearers together because they will likely interbreed. Or attempt to, which as you have seen is highly stressful to the females and they will eventually die. Along the way they will be stressed which weakens the immune system, and may contract other health problems as a result.

Either asll the female platy must be removed, or all the male guppy must be removed.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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