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post #1 of 23 Old 06-08-2008, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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i just got a new tank and I'm wondering what fish to put in it. i was thinking of putting one male betta, 6 red wagtail platys (4 females and 2 males). and then maybe 4 mickey mouse plays (3 female and 1 male). would these fish all be compatible with each other. im also hoping to have some fry so i set up a thick forest in the corner of my tank. :D you think these would be too many fish? thanks
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post #2 of 23 Old 06-09-2008, 07:59 AM
hey. what is the size of the tank first of all? the betta and platys should be ok but it depends on their personality. i keep a betta with live bearers and he is fine however he does chase the livebeares but it is more of a territorial thing and no one gets hurt. good luck :D
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post #3 of 23 Old 06-09-2008, 05:51 PM
My platies have always done well with my bettas and vice versa. That's a lot of livebearers though. With that many prolific breeders, you're likely to have more fry than you can handle, especially if you set up a densly planted corner for fry to hide. How large is the tank?
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post #4 of 23 Old 06-09-2008, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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i decided im just gonna get the one male betta and then the 6 wagtail platys. i have a 20 long aquarium. how many fish would be the max that i should put in there? what are some other nice fish that i might be able to put in instead of the mickey mouse platys if i want some more fish later on?
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post #5 of 23 Old 06-09-2008, 11:13 PM
Well, assuming the livebearers don't overpopulate your tank, bottom dwellers like cories would be nice. Or maybe some kind of tetra - they tend to have very light bioloads. Cardinal tetras look really cool against my sunburst & red coral platies. Maybe even some kind of dwarf cichlid...
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post #6 of 23 Old 06-10-2008, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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for the cory, do they need to have really smooth floor? cuz i heard that it can bother their whiskers. im not sure if my gravel would be good for that. its not rough, but i dont think its that smooth either. would a shrimp do well in my tank?
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post #7 of 23 Old 06-10-2008, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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how about this combo?
6 red wag platys (4 female 2 male)
4 tiger barbs
and maybe one dwarf gourami? can they all live in the same water parameters and everything? (aggressiveness issues?)
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post #8 of 23 Old 06-10-2008, 08:40 AM
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Tiger barbs and gourami's proably not a good fit. Tigers are relentless fin nippers for the most part. There are always exceptions .

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post #9 of 23 Old 06-10-2008, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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but the platys and the tigers are ok together? or just the gouramis and the platys right?
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post #10 of 23 Old 06-10-2008, 09:08 AM
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Tiger Barbs can and many times will nip the fins of any fish slower than them. This doesn't leave many fish to choose from. I would steer you away from the Tiger barb, Platys and gourami could work. Maybe one gourami. They can be agressive if you end up with a couple males which would in my view be probable.

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