5 Gallon Tank Mickey Mouse Platy issue HELP

guppy2

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...I have a 5gallon tank & i have 1 mystery snail & 3 mm platy's ...it turns out that my plats are (2male & 1 female) & i was wondering if haveing 2 males & just one female will create a problem? if so what r sum solutions?
 

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It is possible, although I've kept them in different ratios so it's really something you just need to play by ear. The general rule for livebearers is 1m/3f. I wouldn't add any other fish to this tank because of its size, at this point it is overstocked. I guess one of the best solutions is to remove the dominant male and house him elsewhere.

edit* looked at your tank info, is the tank 1.5 or 5g?
 

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Unfortunetly, 5 gallons is a bit small for platies. They get to two inches, but they need the swim room that a 5 gallon can't provide. They need a 10 gallon minimum.

I've had slight issues keeping 2 male platies together in a 10 gallon tank, they would occasionally chase each other. In a 5 gallon tank, once they get comfortable, they will probably end up chasing each other ALOT, especially with a female to fight over Another thing, platies are just little poop machines, they will eat and poop alllll day long, which may make keeping the parameters of a 5 gallon tank stable very difficult

One option would be to buy a 10 gallon tank (or even a little bigger if possible), and perhaps take back the two males and get another female? You will have fry for a few months (the number of months is variable) until the females use up the stored sperm. You can either raise the fry and give/sell to a willing LFS, or allow them to be eaten. It's really a personal thing, some people don't mind doing that because it happens in nature. Two females are more likely to get along in a 10 gallon then two males, I believe.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
I hope you will keep updating us with your progress
 

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I agree, my platys do much better in my 10 gal then they did in my 3 or 5 (oops! not enough info when I started but we did okay lol). I've kept 2 males before w/ no problems, but it just depends on the fish. I currently have 2 females and they seem very happy to have each other and so far no fry. I vote on the bigger tank for your platys though!
 

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If you can't upgrade the tank and you're set on platys, you could keep one in there and take two back. That's the advice I was given today and now I have a male living in my 5g. Sure, ideally they're better in a 10g minimum but sometimes we can't always do what's ideal I've learned.

-Lisa
 
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