Considering Stocking Livebearers

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What do you do when you want to keep livebearers because they’re pretty and fun and inexpensive, but you don’t want to breed and have to find homes for all the future generations?
 

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You get just males or just females! I'd suggest just males because they have much more exciting colouration.
 

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Robjoco said:
What do you do when you want to keep livebearers because they’re pretty and fun and inexpensive, but you don’t want to breed and have to find homes for all the future generations?
One option is to only stock males, since the females even if they are separate from males in the store, may have been exposed to males and can produce young several months after being separated from males. Stocking only males is a way to guarantee no unwanted babies, and male livebearers will generally not fight with each other. Another option is to stock fish that will eat the fry.
 
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I love this! Thank you!
 

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Just don't put any hiding places for the fry, and they will get eaten by the adults.
Alternatively, you could get all males, as has already been suggested. Some female livebearers can store sperm for the rest of their lives.
 
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Madeline Peterson said:
Some female livebearers can store sperm for the rest of their lives.
Yikes!
 

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If you add females, make it at least a 1m, 2f ratio or the male will constantly chase the female, stressing her.

My community has 2 male platys, 2 male mollies and 5 guppies 1m, 4 f.

Need some guppies??
 
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Hunter1 said:
If you add females, make it at least a 1m, 2f ratio or the male will constantly chase the female, stressing her.
That’s good info, thanks!
 

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I second the get males. I got 1 female and now have a whole community. My new plan is to segregate males and females. However, I have the feeling that this will not work.
 
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