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Old 10-13-2010, 03:50 PM   #1 
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Livebearers?

(Mods please feel free to move this thread if its not in the right forum category.) Does anyone know if I can keep 1 male swordtail with a bunch of female platys?

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Old 10-13-2010, 08:15 PM   #2 
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Anyone at all?
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:17 PM   #3 
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No No No No No... This is not a good idea. Sorry.
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:59 PM   #4 
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Thats really not a good idea. Also, if your thinking that 'ooh maybe they'll breed' I will let you know now that they wont. They are too different too breed. Like trying to breed Mollies with Guppies, just doesn't work.
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:54 PM   #5 
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I'm going to have to disagree with the above post. Platies and swordtails can and will breed. I have personally seen the results of such crosses. I don't know why you would want to try this, but it is definitely possible.
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*As can guppies and mollies.
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:01 PM   #7 
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No, no. Of course I don't want to crossbreed. I just want to have some platys and swordtails in my tank without overstocking! My 40gal is already going to be around 80% stocked by the time I'm ready to get them, so how do I put in an amount of both without overstocking? And are they even compatible? And if you're going to tell me its not a good idea, please tell me WHY! Don't just randomly answer to a thread without explaining. Its not nice.
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:13 PM   #8 
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You can definitely put them together. I would only add a few platies though if your tank is already at 80% capacity. Swordtails need a bit more space than most livebearers as the males tend to be more territorial in my experience.
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:54 PM   #9 
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So, like three (female or male?) platies, and how many swordtails? I would guess maybe one male and two females(I've heard I should have a male-female ratio of 1:2)? or just a female? I was hoping I could keep a few of each and have them school together, without cross breeding. (Who would want to do that? I know it may have sounded like I wanted to, but there are already plenty of species of both to choose from.)
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I would say a trio of each. If they have females of their own kind to mate with they shouldn't bother the other ones.
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