01-01-2008, 08:41 AM
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First of all, welcome to the forum. I hope you will enjoy our clan and participate. Learning, teachng, and having fun is what weare all about.
To answer your questions, I will try to do so in the order they were asked. All fish have the opportunity to breed in the aquarium, including bettas. However, there are some things you may want to consider. Betta males are very hard on the females when the female is not ready to breed and he is. You may want to add 1-2 more females so that he has a choice from which to pick. This will help to keep the females in better shape since he may drive them so hard that injury or death may occur if only one female is present.
If you are seeing "little eyes" in the abdomen of your female platys, There is a very god chance that young platys will be in your shortly.
As for tank population, if you have a birthday close by, you may want to ask for a larger tank as a present. The 10g tank has been the staple starter tank for years, but it is a little on the smallish side and can present a myriad of problems. Many of these problems tend to disenchant the new fish keeper and lead them away from the hobby. These smaller tanks need more maintainence, more regular water changes, and they tendancy to have highly accelerated problems arise. They are also very limited in size and do not allow for a lot of fish to be housed in them, thus limiting the numbers and types of fish you can keep. My choice as the best beginner tank is the venerable 29g. So, if possible get a larger tank when you can. (I want to throw in a note here. It has been documented that up to 70% of fish keepers add a larger tank within the first 6 months in the hobby.)
As a new fishkeeper, there will be alot to learn. The most important lesson is patience. The second most important lesson is patience. And the third is patience.