I have a zillion platys and would like to know what fish I could put in there with them, that are very cheap, easy to care for and is no danger to the platys that are not fry. The platys I have now, are about 1/2 to 1/4 inches long, I don't want to hurt or scare those, I just don't want 1,000 more babies from each of them. The pet shop wont take them, except for feeder fish and I'm not about to do that.
I also have a clown loach that is becoming intimidated by all the platy babys. What can I put in my tank that won't freak out all my fish, but will stop the baby boom explosion in the aquarium?
I'm new to the fish tank experience in many ways as the 1st platy was given as a gift (without my permission) and it started all the babies a couple of years ago. I figured they'd inbreed themselves out, but that didn't happen. I have grown attached to my fish though so that's why I don't want the 1/4 -1/2 inch ones to be eaten.
I thought about getting zebra danios as they helped a bit before. I had two cherry barbs but they didn't do much except hang around.
If I could find a schooling fish that will eat my black algae and the microscopic babies, without scaring or threatening the established fish (platys and clown loaches), that would be great!
well if breeding a problem look up live breeders on the internet but if you do then i think swordtails look exelent with platys also i saw you said you have one clown loach. if you look at the full grown ones in a shop they stay in groups so i would recomend getting 4 more clown loaches (consider how big they get) in .its like haveing a tank with one neon tetra in...
Thanks for the advice. I actually have 2 clown loaches. One is a new little one and the other is a few years old. I'll have to wait to get a bigger tank before buying more.
go for a male fighter, he will go for the babys but should leave the rest alone,
and do you have any other fish shops around you?
and wait, you wont give them away for feeders but your willing to buy a fish to eat them makes no logical sense to me
But the pet shop near me said they would not buy fish I asked my other one and they said they will so ask around mate
When I have too many platies or mollies, I just put an add in Craig's List for free fish. Usually they are gone in a day or two.
I know the eat / kill theory may seem like F-ed logic to you for sure (Jimmeh). I just think it's better to let some of the strongest of the little ones have a chance, through some sort of natural selection (strongest swimmers), not total annihilation. Perhaps that's confusing to someone but after all, there could be hundreds of fry and not all the babies are born healthy. Having a bunch of unhealthy babies that are prone to sickness, disease and /or other issues will endanger the entire tank.
There is some remote logic in wanting to limit the babies and not haphazardly / cruelly kill the adults. Limiting fry, makes more sense to me, then waiting until the adult platys are old and secure (not to mention very tame).... and then having them mutilated piece by piece by some scary fish, when they've already been healthy enough to make it to maturity. I'm not going to raise fish for 2 years and then just let something hurt them.
If some people only had two choices, and couldn't afford to have a 300 gallon tank for platys (add increasing the size every year), what would the majority do????????
As for fish stores, there are 4 within an hour of where I live. All 4 will not take domesticated fish that do not come from a supplier, due mainly to disease control policies.
They figure, just because a fish looks healthy, doesn't mean that it is. They say they can't afford the risk even if the fish appear totally healthy (at least with this breed). They can use them for feeder fish or give them away for that, but they won't sell them or take them for anything else, since platys are so cheap to come-by to begin with.
whwer do you live ?
well. you could
A lose them.
B keep only males.
C keep only females.
I recent set up a community tank of Platies, Ghost Shrimp, Peppered Catfish, and a single male beta. The male beta does wonders to control my fry. The beta doesn't usually mess with any platy over 1/4-1/2 inch in size.
I am a beginner with the same problem. In the two months since I've started my aquarium, the Platys have given birth twice. The Ballon Mollies were taking care of the problem but, for some reason, don't survive well in my tank. I use my wellwater which I treat for iron and manganese. After reading up on cichlids, I bought one African Cichlid yesterday and, within minutes, this one seems to be thinning the herd quite nicely. I'm concerned about potential water quality issues, which seem to be a problem for cichilds, but as of this morning, he appears happy, healthy and constantly on the prowl. Because these fish are aggressive, I bought a small african cichlid and he seems to get along nicely with my tetras, platys and swordfish. The cichlid is blue with dark stripes and, by far, the prettiest fish in the tank. I can see why alot of people just buy cichlids.