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Can platties, guppies, and swordtails live single?

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I would like to know if platties, guppies, and mollies can live single and be ok. I found out that ...

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    Default Can platties, guppies, and swordtails live single?

    I would like to know if platties, guppies, and mollies can live single and be ok. I found out that neon tetras need to live in groups. Thanks to anyone that replies.

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    As far as I know, fish can live single, but that won't mean that they'd be happy about it. I have a single guppy/endler in with about 15 platy fry, and he enjoys himself, but only because he has company. You'd be better off with them in groups though.
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    swordtails and guppies and live single but are happier with at least 2 of a kind.
    29 gallon
    - 7 swordtails
    - 1 double-tailed swordtail
    - 2 cories
    - 1 otto
    - 1 pleco
    - 2 gold wonder fish(i think that's what they r
    called)

    37 gallon tank:
    - 5 bloodfin tetras
    - 1 silver neon
    - 2 blue paradice gouramis
    - 1 algae eater
    - 1 pleco
    - 2 double-tailed swordtails

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    mollies i suggest putting at least 2 together.
    29 gallon
    - 7 swordtails
    - 1 double-tailed swordtail
    - 2 cories
    - 1 otto
    - 1 pleco
    - 2 gold wonder fish(i think that's what they r
    called)

    37 gallon tank:
    - 5 bloodfin tetras
    - 1 silver neon
    - 2 blue paradice gouramis
    - 1 algae eater
    - 1 pleco
    - 2 double-tailed swordtails

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    I was planning to keep three or four different fish. One guppy, one platty, one swordtail, and I forgot to ask the same question about sunset variatus. I had a neon tetra and it may have died of loneliness. They do best in at least six. If anyone else knows about sunset variatus I would like to hear from them too.

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    If you have the option of keeping a few fish, it'd be better for them to be in a group of one type and you would find it more pleasing to the eye in the long run as well. How large a tank are we talking about? Swords require larger tanks than guppies and platies. Variatus are a type of platy.
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    I only have a 4.4 gallon with a red swordtail fish (male). I'm planning to get another male swordtail. Considering the tank space, what other species could I, or should I put in?

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    IMO that tank really isn't big enough for more than those two swordtails.
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    I have a bachelor Guppy cause he killed the females that I had wil him (3)
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