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Platies as cycling fish?
Old 12-06-2009, 01:58 PM   #1
 
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Question Platies as cycling fish?

I've had my tank set up for a bit now, and i want to do a fish cycle, and iw ant this tank to be a platy breeding tank. So I'd just like to know if platy's are hardy enough to use in a cycle. Any and all advice welcome. Thanks :)
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:39 PM   #2
 
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go slow !!! thats my advice about 2-4 fish to start and wait about three to four weeks before adding any more.. then when yu ad only another 2-4 wait again .see the rate?
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:00 PM   #3
 
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Agreed. I cycled my 37 with a few plants and 4 sunset platies. It worked well and the cycle was done in about 3.5 weeks then i added 3 more and that set-up lasted for about 3 more months. So i say go with the platies but make sure its not to many, and make sure you have the right gender ratio(1 male : 2-3 females)
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:42 PM   #4
 
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Yes ok thank you! I was planning on going with 1 male, and 3 females. :)
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:06 PM   #5
 
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A better approach is to cycle the tank before adding your fish at all. Use pure ammonia instead of fish and place the first fish into a healthy environment instead. With the advancement of knowledge, there is no longer an excuse for killing a percentage of your fish trying to cycle a tank. There is a short description of the methods of cycling here.
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