9 guppies/platies - which kinds

fishyperson16

Hi, this may be stupid but I'm really new to aquatics and stuff - like just started the research stage.

But when I do get to the stage where I keep fish I'm hoping for some of them to be guppies. I'm thinking 9 so they're together and happy in a "school" but my question is do they have to all be the same like all Fancy Guppies or all Lyretail Delta Guppies? Or could I get like 3 fancy guppies, 3 lyretail guppies, 1 turquoise guppy, 1 tequila sunrise delta guppy and 1 red gold tuxedo guppy?

Like do the "kind" (if that's even what they are, I dont even know, they could even just be called that for their colours and have no difference but just making sure to be on the safe side) of guppy matter for them to be happily in a school together or do they have to all be the exact same?
 

YellowGuppy

A guppy is a guppy! They'll all probably play nice together, plus you'll likely get some really cool combinations if you're breeding them (which will absolutely happen if there are any females plus at least one male). If it's all males you're looking for, you can choose between all the same variety or mixing and matching based on your preferences.

I must say, though, while you're doing your research, start by learning about the nitrogen cycle. It'll take a month or so before your tank is ready for fish if you're doing a fishless cycle, or you'll be doing a lot of testing and big water changes for the first month or two if you do a fish-in cycle.

Best of luck on your guppy journey! Feel free to ask lots of questions!!!!
 
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fishyperson16

Hi, this may be stupid but I'm really new to aquatics and stuff - like just started the research stage.

But when I do get to the stage where I keep fish I'm hoping for some of them to be platys. I'm thinking 9 so they're together and happy in a "school" but my question is do they have to all be the same like all Gold Twinbar Platys or all Red Wag Platys? Or could I get like 3 green lantern platys, 1 gold twinbar platy, 1 red wag platy, 1 sunburst wag platy, 1 high fin platy, 1 mickey mouse platy, and 1 sunburst mickey mouse platy?

Like do the "kind" (if that's even what they are, I dont even know, they could even just be called that for their colours and have no difference but just making sure to be on the safe side) of platy matter for them to be happily in a school together or do they have to all be the exact same?
 
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YellowGuppy

The answer is the same for platys as it is for guppies—I just gave a more thorough response in your other thread.
 
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SouthAmericanCichlids

Hi, this may be stupid but I'm really new to aquatics and stuff - like just started the research stage.

But when I do get to the stage where I keep fish I'm hoping for some of them to be guppies. I'm thinking 9 so they're together and happy in a "school" but my question is do they have to all be the same like all Fancy Guppies or all Lyretail Delta Guppies? Or could I get like 3 fancy guppies, 3 lyretail guppies, 1 turquoise guppy, 1 tequila sunrise delta guppy and 1 red gold tuxedo guppy?

Like do the "kind" (if that's even what they are, I dont even know, they could even just be called that for their colours and have no difference but just making sure to be on the safe side) of guppy matter for them to be happily in a school together or do they have to all be the exact same?
I see you don't know about the aquarium nitrogen cycle, before starting your tank learn about it. Here is a link:
All guppies are the same species, though they will usually have a little endler in them. I have actually noticed the males can be a little aggressive. And if you have males and females, they will definitely breed.
 
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fishyperson16

The answer is the same for platys as it is for guppies—I just gave a more thorough response in your other thread.
Thank you!

A guppy is a guppy! They'll all probably play nice together, plus you'll likely get some really cool combinations if you're breeding them (which will absolutely happen if there are any females plus at least one male). If it's all males you're looking for, you can choose between all the same variety or mixing and matching based on your preferences.

I must say, though, while you're doing your research, start by learning about the nitrogen cycle. It'll take a month or so before your tank is ready for fish if you're doing a fishless cycle, or you'll be doing a lot of testing and big water changes for the first month or two if you do a fish-in cycle.

Best of luck on your guppy journey! Feel free to ask lots of questions!!!!
Thank you so much!

Thank you! When I signed up for this site yesterday, I had no idea this was even a thing! I read only a bit up on it yesterday and this link is definitely very helpful!!
I see you don't know about the aquarium nitrogen cycle, before starting your tank learn about it. Here is a link:
All guppies are the same species, though they will usually have a little endler in them. I have actually noticed the males can be a little aggressive. And if you have males and females, they will definitely breed.
 
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SouthAmericanCichlids

Thank you! When I signed up for this site yesterday, I had no idea this was even a thing! I read only a bit up on it yesterday and this link is definitely very helpful!!
They have a lot of helpful information and you can find a lot of good videos covering a lot of different topics.
 
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Kevinthebreeder

Yes, you can keep different breeds of guppies altogether in one tank and it's actually good for breeding because it diversifies the genetic diversity which reduces defects and immune problems. A very important thing to note is that the females must outnumber the males by at least twice. This is because the males like to chase the females a lot and this can be stressful for the females. By having more females, the males will get more distraction which prevent them from harassing the same females.
 
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