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paws 05-05-2008 07:16 PM

Good fish with platies
Well I have 3 platies in my 10 gallon and I think it is sorta empty. I wanna know what fish are good with platies NOT INCLUDING BETTA FISH! I put my betta fish and them together and they were bullied. So I want to stay away from betta fish. I know they are pretty ice fish to keep with other fish and I keep them in a 10 gallon with a heater at 78 degree and filter. Also do they mind water flow? Cuz i have them a whisper tetra and it has quite a strong water flow.

Piranha Joe 05-06-2008 10:44 AM

We have 3 Mickey Mouse platys in with our Betta, and they seem to do fine...that aside, we also have two cory cats to keep the tank clean and they are very placid fish... I would think neons would be a good combo too.

Flashygrrl 05-06-2008 07:26 PM

Cories should be kept in groups of 6 or more, same with neons but they're smaller so those would work.

okiemavis 05-06-2008 08:46 PM

Cories are great, and they'd work really well with platies. Just make sure you get 6+ :D

Puffer 05-07-2008 11:20 AM

Yes i Agree , Neons would be a nice touch 6+ Or a Couple of Mollies.

paws 05-07-2008 02:10 PM

ok then 6+ cories it is! I will wait till it is done the cycle then i will buy some.

iamntbatman 05-07-2008 08:47 PM

Six cories is a lot of fish to add at once to a 10 gallon. If you want to avoid having a mini-cycle, I'd recommend buying the fish in two batches of three with about a week or so in between. Cories are just about the friendliest fish on the planet though, so the second group should have no problem buddying up with the first three.

Piranha Joe 05-08-2008 08:07 AM

I agree...everything I read says to put in about 3 fish at a time to allow them to aclimate and everything to settle before adding more... but personally, I wouldn't put in 6 cories's rather boring... but it's your tank; me, I'd add neons as well :)

paws 05-08-2008 07:00 PM

hmm......... I did think that 6+ cories is quite a lot of fish. I don't want it to be overstocked. I might just keep the platys in there. i am not sure.

tophat665 05-09-2008 09:04 PM

Get 3 regular sized cories. Yes, ideally they should be in groups of 5 or more (6 or more with the smaller species, 10 or more with the pygmy species) but they'll do just fine as a trio. Albinos would be perfect. C. trilneatus (what's normally called a Leopard cory in the chain stores) would be fine as well. They're both pretty bullet proof. I'd shy away from Emerald (Bronchis splendens); they get a little bigger to begin with (3") and if you accidentally get Bronchis britski (*me giggles a bit about this name*), they get up to nearly 5".

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