08-05-2011, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by lobibaby
hi, looking for a bit of advice, also new to the forums though I frequently browse here for info
I have a thirty gal aquarium with 3 male platies, three guppies, 6 dwarf cori's, and two african dwarf frogs. I would really like to get some females for my male platies, but I worry about overstocking? usually I have heard a ratio of 3 to 1 female to male ratio is best, but I really don't think I could add nine platies. could I add three females without an unbalanced sex ratio or overstocking? how many would you suggest? or would you think my tank is stocked enough as is?
Hello and welcome to TFK
For the size of your aquarium you should be fine with adding the female platys, either six or nine. You can get away with doing a ratio of 2:1 female to male, although 3:1 would be better. What type of filtration are you running on the tank, and also do you have any live plants in the tank, if you do they will help with the filtration. A neat tool that some use when trying to figure out stocking is a calculator on aqadvisor, it does not take into account if the tank is planted or not, which will add additional filtration, but it can help in giving a general idea.