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Marco 07-12-2007 03:15 PM

Platies
 
I have two male Platies in my tank and they are fighting. The people at Petsmart said that it doesn't matter if they were male or female ( I chose male because I like the specie and I don't want babies) they will get along fine. Now I'm thinking about returning both of them.

Daz 07-12-2007 04:21 PM

Hi Marko :D what seems to be the problem thou ?

Falina 07-12-2007 04:33 PM

Often platties sold in pet stores are crosses, or at least have some swordtail in them. Swordtails can be more agressive and this can be where the platties these days get it form.

How badly are hey fighting? If they are stressing and hurting each other than take one or both back, if they aren't bothering each other too much they may be fine. Try adding plants and hiding places as sometimes it's just a territorial issue.

Lupin 07-12-2007 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Julie
Often platties sold in pet stores are crosses, or at least have some swordtail in them. Swordtails can be more agressive and this can be where the platties these days get it form.

Ditto. You don't always expect to get pure platy strains. The platies would never reach the point of being aggressive. Most likely, yours have the swordtail's genetic trait.

Marco 07-13-2007 01:04 PM

It isn't serious but noticeable. The larger one creeps up on the little one and nudges / nips him. The little one then swims like crazy and does laps around my aquarium while the bigger one watches. Around 10 - 20 minutes later, it happens again.

Lupin 07-13-2007 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Marco
It isn't serious but noticeable. The larger one creeps up on the little one and nudges / nips him. The little one then swims like crazy and does laps around my aquarium while the bigger one watches. Around 10 - 20 minutes later, it happens again.

Isolate the larger one if you feel it necessary it to do so or add some plants for it to seek refuge.

Firebellyy girrl 07-29-2007 08:06 PM

Or you could add 3 females =)


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