Theplatymaster Posted February 5 Share Posted February 5 (edited) I will preface this to say I am no novice to the Platy Fish, I obsess over them, and try to learn about them as much as possible. I will also say i can breed this fish till the cows come home. This post is not "I cant breed platies, Help" but "Ive noticed something odd, have you?" ive been noticing something very odd about my platy males. It is recommended to keep platies in a 2:1, or 3:1 female to male ratio, so the males do not completely harass the females. I do agree with this. But for some reason, my males with choose favorites. At first it was when i first had platies, January 2022. I started with 1male and 2 females, and i noticed that the male would only pay attention to one of the females, this i easily explained to myself that the male was around an inch, his favorite female was a little bigger, and the other female was between 2-3 inches, but that doesnt explain what im seeing now. With my platy breeding project (Read about it here: https://forum.aquariumcoop.com/topic/30642-platy-color-breeding-project-journal/ ) i had a male and 3 females together in a 5gallon tank, they are all the same size. This was because i wanted the male to breed with the females, for interesting color varieties. However i noticed this odd behavior AGAIN. The moved out female has been glass surfing the side of the tank closer to the 5gallon tank, and so has the male in the 5gallon. They can see each other. This is confusing for me, as i thought for something like a platy, the males were not picky about their females, but it looks here they are. Choosing mates is often a Cichlid/terrestrial animal trait. Another thing ive noticed is clear signs of loneliness. Platies are definetly social fish, they are not "Shoaling" fish, but they will be so much happier if you give them friends. I have had lone platies, they really try to seek out friends. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Or are these small fish just more intelligent than we thought? (someone will probably respond, and ill feel like an idiot for suggesting that platies are highly intelligent, but i think there is something here). Further testing is required. I shall be the first to mirror test a platy! I dont think they are einsteins obviously, but who knows, i seem to be seeing they are more then the instinctual small fish we think they are. (Im gonna try to @ some platy addicts on here. I know @PineSong is on team platy, im not sure who else is obsessed with them that much though, if anyone that sees this knows anyone on here that is obssessed with platies, please @ them , im trying to gain others experiences in this theory) Edited February 5 by Theplatymaster Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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