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maxw47 02-03-2012 06:44 PM

Platy Tankmates
So I have 2 platies in a ten gallon aquarium, one male and one female (I will be getting a female buddy soon so that my current female isnt picked on by the male as much). What fish is/are small enough to fit in a ten gallon with three platies. Also, please take into cosideration water parameters. Thanks for your input!

ladayen 02-04-2012 03:52 AM

What are your water parameters? Do you plan on keeping any of the fry(baby fish) that will inevitably appear?

maxw47 02-04-2012 11:40 AM

Well, like I said, my test kit should arrive today ( if the fedex guy doesnt get stuck in the snow lol). I do know that my ph is AROUND 8.0-8.3. My nitrites are 0 ppm. And that is about all that I know. I have a net breeder for the babies and plan to save what I can hold and then sell them to my LFS. Then I will use the credid for RO water for my 47 gal. that I plan to set up soon.

maxw47 02-04-2012 04:02 PM

Sorry, I thought that I said that before...oops. my test kit came and here are the params.
Ammonia=0 ppm
Nitrites=0 ppm
Nitrates=0 ppm (a little weird that nitrates were 0 but I tested twice and I am ok with It)
Gh= 125.3 ppm
Kh=196.9 ppm
Temp.=79 F
Thanks for the help!

ladayen 02-04-2012 05:18 PM

Probably could add one more female platy and then either do the same 1 male 3 female guppy or maybe endler.

maxw47 02-04-2012 07:11 PM

That's kind of what I was thinking. I was also interested in keeping swordtails. Do you think that that would work or do they have a bigger bio-load? Thanks for the help!

Crocer 02-04-2012 07:16 PM

If you only have the platies for now, you may want to lowewr the temperature as they fare better at lower temps(but not too low). Same with swords.

maxw47 02-04-2012 07:18 PM

hmmm. I have never heard of that before. It is at 79 degrees F right now. What temp would you recommend?

Crocer 02-04-2012 08:48 PM

73-76 seems to be the best
they can go as low as 68.

from what I have read as well as my own experiance higher temps leads to health problems including shortened life span

maxw47 02-04-2012 09:39 PM

Interesting. Thank for the input! What other fish might do well in my tank? I was thinking maybe cories and guppies. But would adding cories be too much? Also, what snails and/or shrimp would you guys recommend?

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