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I'd keep them in 3's, two females for every male, much like guppies. That way the girls aren't being overly pestered by the boys. If I were to add some to an empty tank, I might get six. But keep in mind they'll soon breed to bigger numbers. Don't have to be too precise about male to female ratio though, as long as there's more girls than boys it's fine (and the girls look just as good as the boys, so bonus!).

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28 minutes ago, H.K.Luterman said:

I'd keep them in 3's, two females for every male, much like guppies. That way the girls aren't being overly pestered by the boys. If I were to add some to an empty tank, I might get six. But keep in mind they'll soon breed to bigger numbers. Don't have to be too precise about male to female ratio though, as long as there's more girls than boys it's fine (and the girls look just as good as the boys, so bonus!).

So I have 2 males right now how many females should I get then? To balance it out?

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Hi. I started out with 2 males and 6 females about 18 months ago. I've lost count now. I have given away around 20.  I think there's about 40 right now and I keep having a few fry survive every few weeks. The males definitely pester the females so be sure to have a good ratio and places for the females to rest/hide. Luckily, they're in a 75 and it's not overly stocked with other fish--- partly because of the numbers of platys. My LFSs won't take them very often so rehoming can be somewhat problematic, at least for me at times. This was feeding time tonight. 

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I bought three female coral reds. I love those fish so much. They looked great when I picked them up and then before long two of them developed swollen bellies. I thought they were over eating and just couldn’t figure it out because I tried to be so careful with feeding. Welp, my 29g is now full - chalk full - of platty fry! The two were pregnant! I was hoping they’d get eaten. No such luck with a well planted and scaped tank. From now on, I will only buy young live bearers to avoid this from happening and I’m crossing my fingers that a LFS will take my males. Otherwise, I’ll buy another tank and put all the males on it. Not sure what else to do. I never wanted babies. 

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