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Old 08-03-2012, 12:33 AM   #1
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Smile Hi!

Hi, I'm new here.

I have a small aquarium, between 3 & 5 gallons.

I had a single betta living in there for almost 2 years. He recently passed, then I cycled the tank, and recently got 2 Platys for the tank.

I'm a novice fishkeeper, but I really enjoy it, and I've learned so much already. Looking forward to learning more.

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Old 08-03-2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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Welcome to AA but a 5 gallon tank is to small for mollies. Really the only thing that should be kept in that size tank is a betta when it comes to fish. Have you considered upgrading to a larger tank?
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:38 AM   #3
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Thank you.

Hi! And yep--I've been considering changing sizes.

Are Mollies the same way as Platys? I have 2 Platys . . .

Things I had read before online seemed to indicate that 2 Platys would be OK in that size tank, but I wasn't sure.

My Betta did seem very happy alone in that size & was very healthy up until the end.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:42 AM   #4
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Nope two different fish but mollies should be kept in a 20 or larger. They are prolific breeders though and will overpopulate quickly if unchecked so I wouldn't go with any smaller then a 29 or 40breeder
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:48 AM   #5
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Wow, yeah--I'm not looking to do any breeding. I researched how to differentiate males from females with the Platys, and I got 2 females, so I'm hoping I won't need to worry about that.
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Oops thought you had mollies for a second there lol but platys are big breeders to so don't add any males if you don't want babies. They can be kept in a 10 gallon though but imo id always just go with a 20 long before a 10 just for the added water volume and footprint
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:13 AM   #7
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Thanks for your help!
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The chance is that the females might already be pregnant. They can store sperm for 7 months , all they need is contact with a male and they're probably pregnant.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:04 PM   #10
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Until a week or so ago, I didn't even think about trying to find a fish forum. I'm glad I did -- I think it'll help me to take better care of my little friends.
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