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All Female Or Male Platies

Discussion in 'New to the Hobby Questions and Answers' started by Fantail_John, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. Fantail_John

    Fantail_John Member

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    Hello :)

    Having just started tropical fish keeping and not ready to have fry yet as i have no breeding tank or not being able to tell if the fish are going to have fry, and I love the platies so i'm asking can i keep all females or male so i have no fry until i'm experience to do so. As i have just been looking at my fish as i turn out the light and woo there most of been 12 baby fish, they most come out from the hiding place when lights are off as I've only see 3 when the light was on. Your help would be much appreciated :)

    John
     
  2. krissykat

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    You would be much better off keeping all females for harmony ...
    but be wary that they might even be pregnant when you get them from the shop!

    Keeping males may be ok if there are no females,
    Although I have 2 males and 1 female and the males get along fine
     
  3. Fantail_John

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    Thank's for your answer :) just been told this, is it true? It can certainly be done,You can get all females and after a while they will stop reproducing,they do have the ability to produce several broods of fry without a male.

    John
     
  4. OldMan47

    OldMan47 Livebearer fanatic

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    Female platies can drop fry for about 6 months after a mating. Unless you have plans for all those fry, it would be better to avoid the females.
     
  5. DuMScOuSe

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    I have kept 7 platy males without no problms at all they turned gay but no fights
     
  6. krissykat

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    Yeah they will keep producing for awhile whether theres a male there or not...
    males will be fine aslong as you don't have females,
    and if you do want to introduce females you will need to make sure there are more females than males
    especially for the females sake because she will just get harassed :)
     
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    I have this dilemma too! Was planning to just keep males but then someone told me they might not get along so I'm best with all females but of course there is the fry issue. So I'm stuck! I love Platties too, they're the main fish I want.

    What would be helpful is if shops kept them seperately like they do Guppies. They're just as bad for breeding so I don't know why not lol.
     
  8. krissykat

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    Lol very true,
    when my platy fry are older I plan on separating them otherwise I'll be over run!
     
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    I bought x4 Female Platys back in January and they've had about 60+ babies and there still dropping, is very frustrating, I have given them all away to my LFS, but they don't give money or credit for livebeares.
     
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    Ok what do I do do you reckon? Is it likely the males will fight or just a chance (which IMO is true with most fish)?
     
  11. krissykat

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    Well like you say theres a chance with all male fish,
    but being as Platys aren't aggressive fish its probably very slim...
    my two males get on with eachother better than they do with the female,
    they are always together but never really chase eachother or nip

    I would say its not very likely, just depends on the personality of the fish really
     
  12. Twinklecaz

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    Thanks. I think I'll take the chance coz I don't want loads of fry.

    Now.....do they get jealous? Coz some fish have to be kept in even numbers don't know so they all have a BFF (lol). I mean, is 3 ok or should I get 4?
     
  13. krissykat

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    I just read something about that on here actually along the lines of...
    If there's 3 bullying could result on one fish.. better to keep in bigger even numbers to spread the aggression out
    if I come across where I read that on here I'll post a link back to it
     
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    Only got room for max 4 if I want everything else :(
     
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    Get all males. Male Platies do not really fight with one another.
     
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    As I saidI had all male and they where ok no fights
     
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    I was thinking of getting some of these but were told you will have trouble with them fighting? so not put them on my list. As been told also no matter what you get males or females you will have the pecking order? so I can't say if this is true as i have not had these but yet again not had any fish yet ????
     
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    They will chase and tryto mate with other males but not real fighting
     
  19. waterdrop

    waterdrop Enthusiastic "Re-Beginner"

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    Its been a lot of years since I had platies but my memory is along the lines of what Dumashi is saying, I just don't ever remember platies being a problem for aggression and to me it always seemed one of the easiest fish to stock in any number that suited my circumstance, exactly the opposite of so many types we talk about a lot here where particular grouping numbers really matter (I'm talking all male platies when I say this, as I agree if you have females they should outnumber the males to divide up the harassment.)

    ~~waterdrop~~
     

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