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Ziabis

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My question is, I have 6 black phantom rather small(dime size) they don't seem to be growing at all. I have 1 huge black phantom well over quarter size and 5 medium size glowlights, is this ok. 2ndly was thinking of maybe 5 or 6 platies but I read some where that its not good to get all male and only 1 female. If I get 3-4 or 5-6 what is the ratio m-f?
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I'm definitely not an expert on tetras, but I think probably the high population of your tank is slowing the growth of your black phantoms. If you can get another 30gal tank set up at least temporarily *just* for your phantoms, you might see them grow more rapidly after separating them from your other fish. I've done the whole separate-and-growout thing with platies before, and it seems to work.

I recommend posting your question about adding platies on the Stocking forum to see if you can afford to add the platies. If you do, though, I recommend 1 male for every 2 or 3 females. Sometimes it's okay to have fewer females, but it's generally a bad risk.
 

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I've had livebearers before and it's my understanding that you should have 3 or 4 females for every male. Or, if you like the males better (they're prettier) you could get all males. (I THINK) I believe that without any females in the tank, they're fine. But don't hold me to that.
 

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I do agree a seperation and a bit more food will help them grow faster and better compete for food.

Also wit han all male tank expect some aggression, I had an all male guppy tank for a while and they could be aggressive from time to time. Nothing too serious but very picky towards each other.
 

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Agreed with the above. With platies, by the way, there's no color/"prettiness" difference between males and females. Orangeclumsy1 is probably thinking of guppies (or endlers?)
 
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