08-22-2010, 12:25 AM
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um, i wouldn't personally reccomend the platies/guppies. corys and plecos prefer neutral or somewhat acid water, guppies and platies like harder, more alkaline water and won't survive in the kind of environment the other fish need to stay healthy. i learned this the hard way back when i had an amazon themed tank and put guppies in it. they lived for about two days
that's a particularly bad case, but i still wouldn't reccomend putting fish that have different ph and hardness requirements together. i'll leave this to someone with more knowledge of platies and guppies though. mosquitofish (which are a noxious species in some parts of the world, and rather drab) and can tolerate a much wider range of conditions, and i've kept them with corys for ages. they are sweet little fish, even if they don't have much colour. i caught mine from a local pond in a park haha :) oh and another thing, if you keep livebearing fish, whether it be guppies, platies, mollies, mosquitofish, whatever...they breed VERY prolifically. althoguh my mosquitofish females always seemed to be pregnant, only two of the fry they had over the years survived, i don't know what happened to the others but i suppose they got eaten.
we can continue this convo in another forum if you work out how to post your own, as i get the impression the mods wont be happy cos we're going off the topic of corys...