Troy328 Posted December 8, 2022 Share Posted December 8, 2022 Hello, everyone! I am currently in the process of getting new fish for my 55 gallon tank. The current stocking plans are: 9 x Cherry Barbs, all female 8 x Platies, 2 males and 6 females 2 x Honey Gouramis, 1 male and 1 female Currently, I have the cherry barbs already, but I don't have the honey gouramis or the platys yet. I only have a 10 gallon tank at my disposal for quarantine, at least for now. I am trying to figure out the best order for me to introduce the new fish. (when I introduced the cherry barbs, I did a group of 4 and then a group of 5 to prevent the quarantine from being overcrowded) If I do the platys first, I know I probably won't be able to get all 8 in at the same time, because I'm only working with 10 gallons. So I could split the group in half (Get two groups that consist of 1 male and 3 females each) but then my concern is a lot of pregnancy in quarantine which could complicate things and crowd the tank, not to mention it might stress the females out to always be picked on by the males. I also considered adding the six females in the first batch, and then the two males in the second batch, so that the females won't get harassed in quarantine, but would two male platys do well enough in a quarantine by themselves, or would they pick on each other too much? If I do the Honey gouramis first, I want to make sure that a male and female will do ok together in a 10 gallon quarantine tank, as I have heard lots of conflicting info on that one. If I'm working with only a 10 gallon, would I need to quarantine them separately as well? Would I need like a 20 gallon in order to quarantine the pair at the same time? Regardless, I'm thinking of adding them before I add the platies, because they can probably get to some of the platy fry to help keep the population in check. if I add the platies first, they might explode in population a little too quickly, since the cherry barbs are currently too small to really eat the fry. Then again, I don't know how big of a deal it would be to get swarmed by platies. After all, that's sort of the charm of livebearers, right? any input or advice would be appreciated, thank you :] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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