04-26-2010, 03:20 AM
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Originally Posted by La Reina
Well, I've had platies since I first got my aquarium in November and I'd like to start breeding. Buuutt.... I've got two males left and I can't handdle the number of babies that the six-plus females needed for those two would produce.
Have you considered rehoming one of the male platys? Considering the amount of fry even a pair of either species will produce in a short period of time, a 2nd tank is something I strongly suggest (unless you have another outlet for the fry while they are small). That nursery tank can also work well as a holding tank for 1 of the males, or both if need be to stop the breeding at any point.
Should I get a female platy and take my chances? Or should I get a pair of guppies?
If you get guppies you will still want 2 females for each male. I would not suggest adding 1 female platy to a tank with 2 male platys, thats just inviting problems.
**I have a dwarf gourami, would he eat my adult guppies?
That depends on your gourami's personality, how heavily the tank is decorated, and how well the guppies can swim, how big the fins are, etc. Is there a chance? yes. There is also a chance the same thing would happen with the mollys and platys, they can be bullies too when it comes to guppies.
Also, I have two male mollies in my tank and I know that guppies and mollies can interbreed. Would they if a male guppy was present?
Not likely, that is rare, especially if they have their own species to breed with.
I hope that helps.