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post #1 of 14 Old 11-09-2010, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking a 10 with livebearers

Hello. I am planning on stocking my 10g tank with livebearers. It already has 2 swordtails. It has other fish that I am moving to a bigger tank later, so the only livebearers that will be left are the 2 Swordtails. I am afraid that my stocking idea is slightly overstocked. Whats your opinion?
2 Swordtail
3 Platy
3 Guppies
That might be a little overstocked, so if you think it is or isn't, please post.

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-09-2010, 06:00 PM
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When I had my 35-litre tank, I was sent home from the LFS with 5 platies and I was advised on the forum that that was too many and that they weren't really suitable for the tank. After they were transferred to a 75-litre and grew (and grew) I could see why I was told that. They even looked out of scale with the 75-litre and I've now upgraded that tank to a 165-litre.

I'd say to forget the platies and stick with guppies. If you've already got your swordtails you could give them a go with the guppies, but I wouldn't add the platies as well.
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-09-2010, 06:09 PM
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I would say a 10g is only big enough for guppies and 2 or 3 at the most.

You could probably get away with 2 swards or platties as long as you were planning the upgrade within a few months. I also wouldn't mix them together even in a larger tank... remember they have babies and even if you leave them in the tank with nowhere to hide a few of them will/may survive and you need to have a plan for them.

I have a 10g with 2 female guppies and a 30 gal with 5 balloon mollies (2m and 2f)... the 30g could hold more fish but I am holding out to keep some of the fry from the females.

Balloon mollies might be a good choice though for a 10gallon, they are smaller then regular mollies.
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-09-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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That sounds right. I suspected that this was a bit overstocked. What about this;
2 Swordtails
1 Platy (m)
2 guppies

How does that sound?

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post #5 of 14 Old 11-09-2010, 07:57 PM
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I really wouldn't put platies in at all. My females are enormous and I don't think they'd be right in a 10-gallon. They are a good couple of inches in size.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-09-2010, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. No platys. That will be for another day. I guess maybe something like this would work;
2 Swordtails
4 guppies (maybe less)

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CichlidHaven - 55g (under construction!)
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-10-2010, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Is the smillie an indecation of your approval of this stocking method?

2 Swordtails
4 Guppies

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post #9 of 14 Old 11-10-2010, 08:09 AM
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Endlers are half the size if not less than domestically bred Guppies and are just as colourful, perfect for a small tank...you could get away with a few more with them.
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-10-2010, 09:52 AM
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Personally, I find a tank filled with just one certain fish looks awesome like a school of neon tetras OR another small schooling fish. If you don't like that idea then you could have a betta and maybe 4 corys OR a few male or female guppies if you really want the guppies

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