I've a 200L fish tank with Platys breeding in it for a couple of years now. While I started with a reasonably small number, I think there are around 30 breeding sized fish in there now plus all their young ones. Plus there is a snail population in there too. For the last year or so I've been feeding the tank about 2/3rd of a teaspoon of ground up pellets per day (I use an old salt grinder).
If I reduced their food to 1/3rd of a teaspoon a day how much would you expect this to reduce the population size? Would it reduce to about half the population or would the mix of fish sizes result in a different ratio?
I like a low maintenance tank, and I don't think the java sword and pothos plants are able to reduce the nitrate levels fast enough for my liking. Resulting in a requirement of more frequent water changes. The fluidized sand filter I made seems to do a good job of converting ammonia / nitrite to nitrate, as I've not seen either register on my testing kit since I set up the tank. But I've been a bit negligent on the water changes lately and tonight while performing one, I noticed one of the adults had dropsy, probably from the bad water quality.