Animal Stories - Livebearing Aquarium Fish


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Tammy - 2011-10-30
Is it "natural" for a lyre tale molly to have his back tail in more of a "closed" position? My other mollys haven't done that.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-30
    When you state 'closed' position, what exactly are you referring to?
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Emily Cash - 2011-10-28
I have four guppies that I got for my daughter. They are very pretty but they are starting to get black coloring in their fins. What might be the cause of this and how can I fix it?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-28
    Depending on the species, it could be a genetic variation. However, it could be a fin/scale disease. Bring in the fish that looks the most affected to your place of purchase, and ask what they think; given you purchased them from a reliable petstore.
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mary - 2011-09-22
My platy looks like she will burst. Her scales are actually sticking out and not laying down, she is so pregnant. Is it possible she can't get babies out? She now sits on bottom of tank and wouldn't move if it wasn't for my cleaner fish bothering her. She is so big she hasn't gone to the top to eat now for 2 feedings. Is she o.k? Should I do anything to help her or will that stress her out more?

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  • Kelley Hutchison - 2011-10-14
    Mary, I'm a beginner as far as fish keeping but your description makes me wonder if she had contracted dropsy. Please update and let us know how she is doing!
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-15
    From the description, your platy sounds as if she has a common aquarium disease called, dropsy. Symptoms of dropsy include protruding scales, unwilling to eat, and lying at the bottom of an aquarium. If I am correct, you should begin treatment as soon as possible. Treatment could include using the following medicines including but not limited to: API™ MelaFix® Antibacterial Fish Remedy, and Maracyn Plus Biospheres AntiBacteria Therapy from Mardel. These can be purchased at many local fish stores like PetSmart, or Petco, and possibly Walmart.
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john - 2011-10-11
Hi,I recently took a trip to the lake by my house and got some pet minnows,they seem to resemble guppies. Any way I instaled an aerator in their tank and it is blasting out bubbles and I have no idea how to control the air flow and it says nothing in the instructions about how to control it. It is an elite799 for a 5 gallon. Please help soon and fast I don't want to loose them.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-12
    I am not familar with your filter but there has to be a small wheel or dial that you turn which adjust the amount of bubbles coming from the aerator. Just a small little gadget that turns.
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john - 2011-10-05
hi, I have a boy and a girl guppy and they wont breed,have you ever experienced this before?Please replie because aperently they breed fast and alot and mine dont.



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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-05
    It is possible your female guppy is already carrying babies.
    However, if you have a male and female, they will breed in due time. The odds are for them breeding! Good luck!
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Gen - 2011-09-03
Hi I'm a beginner tank owner I have 5 fantail male guppies and one placlastumis (sp?)in a ten gallon tank. Where would I buy live plant for my tank and how do I go about planting them and I"m from seattle btw

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-03
    There are many many plants to choose from but this one plant keeps coming up in questions and in recommendations. It is called the water sprite or Indian Fern. It is supposed to be as hardy as you can get, highly recommended for freshwater tanks. Neat thing is that you can just poke it into the gravel or you can just let it float on top of the tank. It grows and requires pruning as will actually grow over the tank. It is very attractive draws nutrients from the water and tank iteself. Sounds like a great one to start with to me.
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Joe - 2011-08-09
A lot of my platies look like they are pregnant. Is there any indication when I should seperate them from my large tank into seperate breeders? I dont want to keep them captivated too long in the breeders. I had one platy in there for 4 days and finally took her back out? Thanks for your reponse. Joe

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-09
    Better safe than sorry. If they start having young definitely take them out. That makes some sense. The problem is -- it will probably be too late by then. So just take them out and if false alarm - you haven't hurt anything. Error on the side of caution. Does that make sense?
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Ms B - 2011-08-05
My male swordtail looks like hes going to Blow UP. He looks like a Turkey What happened?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-06
    Check out Fish Disease and Treatment on Animal World - look at bloat.
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Joe - 2011-07-26
Can different types of swordtails interbreed with each other? I have 4 different types of swordtails?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-26
    Sword tails do cross breed and people do it. Let them enjoy who they love......
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Joe - 2011-07-26
One of my female swordfish started having live bearers about 4 hours ago. How long should I keep the female in the breading net? She still seems to have blackness around her fin? I don't want her to start eating the young?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-26
    As soon as you believe she has had all her young, pull her. Maybe having the young keeps her busy and as soon as she is done - hungry.
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