Compatibility Questions - Platies, Bn Pleco And Goldfish

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hI there I have a 50 gallon tank with some platys and bn plecos (hope to breed the plecos) my dad really wants a goldfish would it be a good idea or not? I’ve heard it’s not due to plecos attaching to goldfish because of their slime coat.
 

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Actually they'd be fine temperature wise. I'd be more worried about the goldfish trying to swallow a platy and either succeeding, or choking on it and dying
 
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nikm128 said:
Actually they'd be fine temperature wise. I'd be more worried about the goldfish trying to swallow a platy and either succeeding, or choking on it and dying
That’s true
 

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Unless the Platies are 3" or larger and you are going to move the bn's to a separate tank AND have room for 2 poop machines (goldfish are social, should be kept in at least pairs, in a large enough tank and group mine shoal and school a bit).
They will eat the baby plecos, plecos may kill them, they'll probably eat the platies, pleco spines can cause issues, and produce a ridiculous amount of nitrates. Not impossible, but IMO too risky, no need to put all the fish at risk.
 

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I have a bristlenose with mine. Not saying I'm recommending it, but it works for me.

Addie42 said:
nobody gets just 1 fancy goldfish lol
 

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I guess that would somewhat depend on the size of the goldfish and whether you plan to get a bigger tank later on for the goldfish as they grow.
Right now we have a 10 gal 2 feeder goldfish (about 1- 1.5 inches long, I plan to put them in my horses' water tank as soon as the weather is warm enough to kept algae down), 2 fantails (2.5 in ea or so) 3 corydoras, 2 mystery snails and my daughter just bought a trio of young platies with her Easter $ from grandma. It's a temporary situation, I am shopping around for a 20 to 29 gallon to move the fancy goldfish and 2 out of 3 corydoras (2 regular brownish ones and the other is albino, probably get 1 more reg and 2 more albinos). 10 gallon will become my daughter's livebearer tank plus snails. Bigger one will have the goldfish and the oldest son wants a smaller species pleco (he's a weird kid...I've given up asking why he wants one...last pleco I had was a regular one about 30 years ago and the thing was a menace, constantly breaking my heaters and such at 10 or 12 inches old. I sold him back to a fish store.)

I made my own filter for the tank I have now (huge for a measly 10 gallon) and it has a lot of flow and a lot of biological filtration, so my unconventional mix of fish is doing well for now. It's not a common community of fish, but it can be done (at least for a while...especially if the goldfish are pretty small ones and slower swimmers than the platies. I would start considering a 2nd tank though, eventually you will end up wanting to move the goldfish, if you want to keep the platy fry.
 

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