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lalalaura 04-05-2011 01:21 PM

So today I went and picked up 3 red wag platies. I have a 10 gallon fully cycled tank and these are the first fish I have gotten for it. I told the girl I wanted 2 females and one male. She said she would make sure that is what I got. It was hard to get a good look at them and now that they are home, I've noticed I have 2 males and 1 female. The female is very active already after being in the tank foe just over 2 hours and the two males are still figuring things out.
My question now is:
Should I go back to the store and change one of the males for a female? Or wait a few days and decide if I should just have all males.
I'm getting stressed out over this and I don't want my fish getting stressed out so I just need some advice from someone more experienced.

SomeDudeAtHome 04-05-2011 02:48 PM

I would go back and get another female. Usually you want atleast a 1:2 male to female ratio if not more females. Seeing how it's only a 10 gal. tank I'd definitely not try and push it with more than one male incase they do get aggressive the other won't be able to get away.

lalalaura 04-06-2011 10:27 AM

I'm going to bring one of the males back today and get another female.
If I get another kind of platy does it make a difference? Like if I have a male and female red wag and a female mickey mouse platy?

SomeDudeAtHome 04-06-2011 12:20 PM

From what I understand no it doesn't but maybe someone else could confirm it?

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