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Question I got a question?

My question is about starting my tank.
I would like to start of in my 10 gallon aquarium with some plants and a couple of platies and try to get them to breed.

My question is how many fish to start of with?

I keep reading about how a good ratio of fish for breeding is 2 females and
1 male but i am not sure if that is to many fish to start out with.
If that is to many to start my cycle with should i just get 1 female and 1 male or just 1 male and add the females later.


also what are some good plants to start of with that would go well with platies and be a good place to hide for the fry?
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I started with 2 platies in my tank and ended up with 75+ in a year. They do not seem to have problems with breeding. Java moss would be nice for any kind of fry.
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In my 55 I had 2 platies (don't know how many I eneded up with), and the fry hid in floating hornwort.

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When I had Platies they bred just like guppies, often and prolificly. The babies seemed to have an instinct for avoiding the bigger fish, but they tended to stay near the bottom hiding in my algae forest. I have noted that having one male and one female with either guppies or platies is a mistake - in fact the females will be hounded to death unless there are more of them than males.

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I would use the ONE male to cycle your tank... that way no babies in bad water to worry about... then get the two females later.

Java moss on the bottom is great for fry.

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