Guppies, Platies, And Neon Tetras?

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Hi, I'm starting up a 20 gallon tank. I just put in some TSS and I'm planning on going out and getting some fish in a couple of hours. I want to put some platies, guppies, and neon tetras in the tank. My questions were how many should I do of each? And which should I introuduce first? I know I shouldnt put them all in at the same time and should stick with the hardiest first. Then after I introduce the first fish how long should I wait? Thanks!
 

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WAIT! Don’t put them in all at once. I would get the guppies first, then platys, then the tetras. Neon tetras can be very sensitive so you can’t add them right away. I would go with 3 guppies, 3 platys, and 8 tetras. Guppies first, give it a month, then add platys, give it another month, then add tetras.

EDIT: I just saw that you said you won’t put them all in at once, ignore that part of my response
 
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Oh don't worry I wasn't going to put them in all at once. That's a disaster waiting to happen, thank you!
 

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Neons like is a tad cooler, but they should be good, I'd keep the tank at 79-78 F. I have all three in my 20 gallon at the moment, I have 2 guppies, 5 neons, and 3 platies
 

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Since guppies and platies are prolific live-bearers, you have two options:

1. Get a few of each (maybe a male and a couple of females) and be ready for a population boom.

2. Get all males. They'll get along fine as long as there aren't any females to compete over. No babies this way!

If you're thinking about option 3 and want all females, be warned that females can store sperm for up to a year and will just keep making babies, some of which will be males, which brings you back to option 1.

Good luck!
 

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