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prinmel 06-16-2010 09:49 AM

Platies, Mollies or Swordtails? That is the question!
I am a current cichlid tank owner, and just tired of the mean spirit of those fish! I want to go back to a peaceful community tank. I only want to get one species of fish with lots of different colors. I have some questions though in order to help me make my choice.
Which of the 3 gets the biggest? How big?
Do they all need salt? How much?
Are all readily available in at least 4 different colors?

I would really appreciate any information. I have read a lot on web sites but would like to have the info directly from the people who have fist hand experience. I am leaning toward the swordtail, as I have read that it can get to 4 inches, but has anyone ever seen one get that big? Some also say that mollies get 3 to 4 inches, but again, has anyone ever seen one get that big?


konstargirl 06-16-2010 02:22 PM

Are you going to put them in with the cichilid tank or you are buying a different tank for them. If so, do you know anything about the Nitrogen Cycle or to quaranitine fish first before you put them in your main tank? Those things can be helpful to answer so others can help you. What size tank are your cichilds are in and what kinds?

Oh and welcome to the forum! =D

prinmel 06-16-2010 03:46 PM

I have a 55 gallon and no im not going to put them in with the cichlids they would get killed! :) I am aware of the tank cycles and have been keeping fish for over 10 years, I vacuum the gravel once a week and have one plant (that the cichlids haven't eaten yet) that is doing well. I usually only get fish that get really big, but then you have no color, so that is why I am trying to find a kind of fish that is large and colorful and not mean like the cichlids and readily available.

konstargirl 06-17-2010 07:04 PM

OH okay well depending on the size tank your getting I don't really know. If yo going to get a 10 gallon, I reconmend you get a platy ( One platy) and maybe a school of pygmy cories as your last species.

amberjade 06-17-2010 10:22 PM

Swordtails are beautiful. There are also some really gorgeous platies out there - I have 2 girls and a boy myself. Mollies can get quite large - I have a few that are about 3 inches and still growing. Sailfins are stunning.

Maybe you could get some shoaling fish as well - I love watching a bunch of neon tetras dart around. I have a big group of the normal neons and black neons in one of my tanks. I do love species tanks, but when it comes to livebearers, I think they work so well in a community, even if there is only one other species. Thats just me. I also keep a bristlenose pleco in my 40gal as my cleaning crew. :) And lots of plants!

Personally, I use a small amount of salt in my tanks - 1 tspn to 5 gal - with great success.

Don't forget - if you don't want fry, get all males or all females. LOL

tanker 06-18-2010 05:11 AM

I have platies. You can get different colours. I have a red wag platy (though I'd call it dark orange rather than red), a pale blue one, a darker blue one, a yellow one and a light orange/black speckly one. They are a few centimetres long and are much bigger than when I got them, but I don't know how big they'll actually get. Mine don't have any salt. I'm really happy with them and would recommend them.

ferszty 06-22-2010 05:41 AM

i currently have a female swordtail around 10cm and i had a male sailfin but died last week because of whitespot :(. ther is a picture on this site the yellow orange one. it was around 12 cm.

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