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iceprizm 08-09-2008 04:16 PM

Need Tank Mates For Platy, Oto, C. Pygmaeus
am looking for other fish to add to my 55g so far:
13 platy
3 oto
12 c. pygmaeus

Any ideas on some tankmates?
Could i add endlers. i think they look attractive but it seems hard to get females

iamntbatman 08-09-2008 04:28 PM

Hmm tough call...normally I'd recommend something to keep your platy population under control, but anything predatory enough to eat those fry would probably also eat your pygmy cories. What about some sort of peaceful surface dweller, like some hatchetfish?

iceprizm 08-09-2008 04:35 PM

hatchets are schooling right.

I like schooling fish but hatchets kind of look freaky to me and I read they are difficult to care for.

Platys will population control themselves. I have had platys for a year with no pregnancies, not sure why everyone complains about them. maybe mine just didnt like each other.

okiemavis 08-09-2008 04:41 PM

I'm not sure I'd add endlers, as you've already got live bearers in there. Just seems a bit redundant.

I would recommend adding 3 more otos, as they will be more comfortable in a larger group.

A ram would work with that group, and would take care of any platy problems. Some other options:

-pearl gourami
-blue ram or bolivian ram (only keep single specimen)
-a shoal of small-med sized rainbowfish
-an angelfish

iamntbatman 08-09-2008 04:51 PM

I would worry about an angel getting big enough to eat those pygmy cories. A ram is a good idea though.

Hatchets are a schooling fish so you'd need about six of them. Common hatchets (the silver ones) are generally pretty hardy fish. The marbled hatchets are more sensitive.

iceprizm 08-09-2008 04:55 PM

rams are cichlids right?

Rainbowfish are super expensive.

how about tetras?

iceprizm 08-09-2008 05:01 PM

forgot to mention its a planted tank. dont know if that makes a difference.

iamntbatman 08-09-2008 05:05 PM

Rams are a type of South American dwarf cichlid. They won't mess with your plants at all. They can get pretty aggressive if you've got a breeding pair, but a single fish should be totally harmless. It will do a good job of eating all the platy fry you can expect to be producing.

iceprizm 08-09-2008 05:15 PM

ill put that in the maybe column

I would feel uneasy putting a cichlid in with my corys they are about the same size as platy fry.

How about neon tetras?
too small?

jeaninel 08-09-2008 06:14 PM

If your looking for another schooling fish how about Harlequin Rasboras? They look great in a planted tank.

And, yes, add more otos! :D

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