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rachael_e34 05-29-2007 11:21 AM

Cranky Plattys/swordtail
Hello I have a 30 gallon tank i have a peacefull dojo loach, emerald corycat, pleco, catfish,and snail, As far as livebreeders I have a male black lyertail molly, female dalmatian salfin molly, female orange sailfin mollly, a male orange swordtail, and two male plattyes one red and black and one rainbow. here is my problem the swordtail and two plattys will not stop fighting, they follow each other around nipping and tormenting. i think there fighting over the orange female molly. ive try putting all three males in solitary confindment for hours and that just makes them not hurt each other super violently. what should i do?? and when my female swim vertically near them is she trying it mate with them?? the black and dalmatian are fine i think due to the fact there the same size. the other males are smaller.

lioness501 05-29-2007 04:32 PM

recommended ratio for livebearers is 3 females to 1 male. thats your problem. i once tried to introduce a new male into my tank, but the co-existing male killed him, along with 3 others after that!

rachael_e34 05-29-2007 10:46 PM

Thank you very much.:) What is the ratio for fish per gallon. is it a one gallon per inch?

lioness501 05-30-2007 03:11 AM

no worries :) thats the general rule yes, but its the size of a fully grown fish that u have to take into consideration.

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