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Penpike 08-31-2012 11:22 AM

10 gal Platy Tank
 
I have a 10 gallon freshwater tropical tank, and was told that a few platties would be a good choice to put in there. When reading about them, I saw that the minimum tank suggestion was 20 gallons. Would this be an o.k. fish to put in a 10 gallon tank? If so, how many/what gender can I keep and could I maybe keep a few bottom feeders like some corys? Thank you!:-D

fish monger 08-31-2012 01:24 PM

Three or four males and three of the smaller corys would work.

Penpike 08-31-2012 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by fish monger (Post 1221710)
Three or four males and three of the smaller corys would work.

Thank you so much! And I'm assuming correctly then that this sized tank is fine?

Pearl2011 08-31-2012 02:08 PM

They are very active an dneed a 20g

fish monger 08-31-2012 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Pearl2011 (Post 1221761)
They are very active an dneed a 20g

Bigger is better and they are active; however, they are active in an inquisitive, calm manner. They don't race the tank in a frenzy. IMO a few platys in a ten is fine.

Byron 09-01-2012 11:33 AM

This is a case where it may work, but is not the best. Minimum tank sizes in the fish profiles are intended as a guide to what will be best for the fish's health long-term. This should always be our aim.

I would recommend upgrading to a larger tank if that is possible, or looking at smaller fish more suited to a 10g, of which there are many.

Byron.

Martina1997 11-23-2012 10:13 PM

Yea u will be fine I raised 6 platys in a ten gallon and they thrived there and had tons on baby's

Canadian Fish 11-24-2012 02:24 PM

Personally, I would go with fancy guppies rather than platies. They come in lots of nice colors and patterns, and they will have way more swimming room in a 10 gallon than platies will.

Apparently Sparkling Gourami can live in a small tank as well, but I have never kept them so really can't recommend them one way or the other. They are a beautiful fish and according to the profile, you could keep a group of 6 in a 10 gallon.

beaslbob 11-24-2012 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Martina1997 (Post 1323275)
Yea u will be fine I raised 6 platys in a ten gallon and they thrived there and had tons on baby's


+1

With lotsa plants you get lotsa plattys. And the tank runs for years.


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