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I have 2 platys in a ten gallon tank and one is beating the other one up. It is a new tank so I let it cycle for about 2 months before I put fish in. I don’t know if either fish are male or female because I’m new to fish. I think it might be because I don’t have enough cover but I don’t know. I was planning on adding one or two platys after my bacteria grows a little more lat
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Bottom is a female, if you can get a better picture of top, with bottom fin open we can tell
 

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Ive tried to upload a picture for you but I have bad wifI right bow, Google sexing platty fish, you will see the difference
 
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Ok thank you. I’ll look when I get home. The pictures on google help. If it is male would it be something about mating?
 
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He’s definitely male. I haven’t noticed much more wounds so it could have been stress from putting them in the tank.
 
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The female is the one chasing. The male is missing a small piece of his tail again. He seems much more skittish. Should I add some more cover so he can hide a little easier?
 
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I’m starting to notice the male chasing the female too. Idk if that means they are trying to kill each other or if he’s decided he’s had enough with the abuse. Should I be doing anything?
 

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One male and one female is not good. The male will eventually harass the female to death. You either need more females (but if you do that you'll end up with more baby fish than you can get rid of) or several more of another kind of fish.
And yes, LOTS of tall plants, wood, things she can swim behind or around to hide would help! *your attachment didn't work.
 

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I wouldnt worry about babies, platties are terrible parents and will unfortunately eat the fry mostly before you see them
 
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I have added a bunch of rocks and moved my plants around to give some more cover.
 

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Minxxy said:
I wouldnt worry about babies, platties are terrible parents and will unfortunately eat the fry mostly before you see them
Nooooòoooo! Cannibals! Fryacide!
 
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Just another thought. Do you think it would be a better idea to move one of them to another tank?
 

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Acatnamedphil said:
Just another thought. Do you think it would be a better idea to move one of them to another tank?
You could add some of the guppys or swords. You need fish swimming in the same space as the platys to distract them so onee betta wouldn't do it, neither would a pleco.
 
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Ok I’ve added 2 guppies. Will that be enough? I don’t want to overstock.
 
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Update: that worked flawlessly! Thanks for the help! The female seems much more calm and relaxed and they both seem to have made friends with the guppies. At first the male and the guppies were chasing each other around the tank but after a few minutes they got along fine. Thanks again for the help!
 

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