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dancexonxwater 01-16-2009 12:46 PM

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?

Cody 01-17-2009 02:42 PM

They should get along with almost any community fish. I had Red Wags with Danios, Kribs, Plecos, a betta, Neon Tetras, etc.

What is your tank size?

dancexonxwater 01-18-2009 10:04 AM

10 Gallon

Tyyrlym 01-28-2009 09:24 AM

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.

KrisRogers 02-04-2009 07:53 PM

Do not forget to consider swordtails as an option they are awesome (and very colorful) community freshwater fish that can even interbreed with platies.

Oldman47 02-05-2009 08:13 PM

Swords are much too active to enjoy living in a 10 gallon. A better option is other slower swimming fish like your platies. Another option to flesh out the tank is to fill the bottom half with something like a small number of pygmy cories, maybe 5 in a tank that small.

impact4 02-10-2009 06:27 AM

I Agree that swordtails are too active for a 10 gallons and i believe that your neons probably were to. A cat fish of some sort or maybe angelfish would be happy in the tank.

1077 02-10-2009 07:08 AM

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.

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