Discussion in 'Platy' started by tropical fish, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. tropical fishNew MemberMember

    Geting new tank was wondering if platies would be a good option since they are recemendded for beginners

  2. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    It depends on what size tank you're getting & what your water parameters are, but on the whole platys are quite hardy fish.
    Forgot to say Welcome to Fishlore :)

  3. tropical fishNew MemberMember

    i am getting around 3 gal fish tank is that okay

  4. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Sorry to say 3 gallons isn't big enough for platys, the only fish I would consider for a tank that size would be a Betta & even then it's a little small imo
  5. jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to FishLore!

    As mentioned 3 gals is really too small for any fish other than a betta (and that's tight even for a betta, as 5 gallons is the prefered minimum for a betta).
  6. nhaiflichValued MemberMember

    Agree with above

    Sent from my SGH-T999L using Fish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum mobile app
  7. tropical fishNew MemberMember

    so could i upgrade as my platie grows
  8. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Not really as by then it could already be stunted, you're best getting a bigger tank to start off with
  9. tropical fishNew MemberMember

    ok and are neon tetras compatible with platies

    one more thing i used to have a betta fish and it was able to live in a half a gallon, lived for three plus years, why might that be the case
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 24, 2014
  10. Bob EllisValued MemberMember

    A guy can live in a jail cell for years but it doesn't mean it was a good life.

    Sent from my iPhone using Fish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum
  11. tropical fishNew MemberMember

    i see, what about the compatibility of neon tetras and platies
  12. endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

    Neons need soft, acidic water while platies need hard water. Please do not keep them together.
  13. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    You'd be better off starting with at least a ten gallon tank. In that you could keep a small community of platies and possibly another hardwater fish like guppies. Neons are not compatible with either guppies or platies, and are notoriously fragile. As such, they make poor beginner fish.
  14. tropical fishNew MemberMember

    would two male platties work?
  15. FiscCyningWell Known MemberMember

    Not in the 3 gallon tank. They are also a schooling fish so they should be kept in groups, which also calls for a bigger tank. As others have mentioned, a school go platies would do well in a 10 gallon or if you are limited to the 3 gallon you could have a betta.
  16. endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

    It is true that 3 gallon tank is way too small even for one Platy. I would not put a plenty in less than 10 gallons. However, they are not schooling fish although they do like company.

    You could do one African dwarf frog or some shrimp ;)
  17. FiscCyningWell Known MemberMember

    Although it isn't as crucial as keeping fish like cories or neons in a school, in my experience platies are very much happier in groups.
  18. tropical fishNew MemberMember

    i am getting a larger tank just needed to know if the fish would do OK together, will the two male platties fight or anything like that? THX:;swls

    or would two female platties be better and less rikier:;group
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 24, 2014
  19. endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

    It is hard to find two female Platies that are not carrying six months worth of fry. If you get enough space, you can try out two boys and see if they get along.
  20. SW5Well Known MemberMember

    endlercollector is correct, most female Platys will be pregnant when purchased. In my experience, male Platys are actually nicer to each other than females, my males hardly ever fought, and my females were constantly fighting, one of them was so aggressive to the point where she killed her platy friends.... Plus the males won't be pregnant... I hope LOL.

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice