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Sunburst Platy Companions
What kind of fish go well with Sunburst Platies? I had neons, but they got sick..I think it is probably because platys and neons like different pH's. Any suggestions of fish that like the same temperature and pH?
Don't worry about the pH. So long as it's between 6.0 and 8.0 most community fish will do just fine. In fact your fish store probably keeps every freshwater fish (except maybe discus and african cichlids) in exactly the same pH water. Most of your freshwater community fish that you regularly find in a pet store are not wild caught but bred. The neons you bought have likely been living in a pH of water far higher than what is recommended for them since birth. There's a big difference between wild caught and farm raised fish.
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Do not forget to consider swordtails as an option they are awesome (and very colorful) community freshwater fish that can even interbreed with platies.
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I would not be so quick to add anything to ten gal tank. Unless your platies are all male there is a very good chance that babies will arrive. Maybe the platies have already produced young for you and you have another tank for babies? Angel fish need more room as they grow than ten gal could provide but as mentioned, maybe you have a larger tank for when that time arrives? If you have had the platies for some time and no young have been born then I would agree with small shoal of pygmey cory cats.Gold pristella tetras could work as well. they are hardy fish that don't get too large. The repeated use of salt is what does many fish in. Platies and mollies can tolerate it to some degree but over time and with regular use the salinity of the water becomes unbearable for many if not most freshwater fish.
The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
Last edited by 1077; 02-10-2009 at 08:13 AM.
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