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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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Mukman - 2010-07-11
Hi..I've got 2 questions..
(1)Do some female swordtails have a small "sword" at the end o their tails.
(2)I have 5 swordtails, 2 red males, 2 red females and a black and white dotted male. I got to know that swordtails are peaceful fish. But my swordtails ripped the tail off 1 of my male guppy, almost killed my goldfishes and attack all my other fishes except my betta. Can you tell me why?

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  • Ian chow - 2011-01-24
    Females do have swords and develop a gonopodium when they reach their full lifespan however. They never truly change sex.
  • CJ - 2011-04-02
    Females do not develop gonopodiums. It's possible that what you thought were females are actually males that developped late. If it remains just a very small point then its probably a female but if it keeps growing you have males my friend. The same thing happened to me.
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-21
    Your 2nd question is the one I can answer: IT'S BECAUSE YOU have more males and when that happends your male swordtails will display aggresion to other fishes in your tank to show dominance. Try ading 2 or more females in your tank.
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-21
    Oh my first reply was not correct. It's suppose to be more male than female. I typed it wrong.
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Animal-World info on Fancy Guppies
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Brett Mason - 2011-07-13
TWO OF MY GUPPIES ARE PREGNANT. ARE THERE ANY TELLTALE SIGNS SHE WILL GIVE BIRTH(I DONT WANT TO KEEP THEM IN THE BREEDING ENCLOSURE FOR ANY LONGER THAN I HAVE TO). THERE IS SEPERATE AREA FOR THE FRY TO GO BUT HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP THE MUM WITH THEM. HOW LONG UNTIL SHE BECOMES PREGNANT and GIVES BIRTH AGAIN?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    Guppies are pretty much always pregnant.
    They are livebearers and the young are live and they eat them. Many fish lay eggs, which are then fertilized externally. Guppies, on the other hand, are inseminated by males. The female utilizes some of the sperm and stores the rest, which she can use for five or six pregnancies henceforth if she so chooses. The gestation period now begins, which will last about 30 days. The female guppy has the eggs and stores the excess sperm, so she can always be pregnant.

    You need a baby or growing tank for the little fry guppies. The little fry should remain in the second (or growing tank) until they are pretty much grown and can join in a community tank. You see babies and mom and dad see food. They are carnivores. You don't keep "mum" with them as soon as they are born.
  • justice - 2011-07-13
    What you want to do is to add o few grains of aquarium salt to the breeder tank. That's always worked with me.
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Katie - 2011-06-06
This is more of a question than a comment... I have just recently gotten an albino molly and I had decided to pair it with an albino cory... They seemed to get along at first but just today I noticed the cory had what looked like an injury on his head. It doesn't look too bad and he seems ok otherwise but I separated them immediately. Would a molly hurt a cory like that? I read up on both of them and it seemed like they would be alright, but I am a beginner. I'm keeping them apart in any case I think. Is it ok to have a cory alone? Hope there are some answers. --thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-06
    Both the cory and the molly are supposed to be good community fish. They should get along without problems. I have included an article on Fish Diseases and Treaments just in case there is a possible disease (fungus) going on. Good luck and let us know. OK?
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farjad - 2010-10-01
I have 19 gallons tank with 4 gold fish, 2 glass fish, 2 white line, 2 black moor, 2 colored tetra and 6 guppies they all look fantastic and I love them all.

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  • Sarah - 2011-01-11
    Your aquarium is VERY overloaded. If you don't get rid of some fish your fish will die.
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  • c - 2011-05-17
    Just remember you should not over grows your tank. Rule of thumb is one inch of fish grown per gallon.
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lulu - 2008-11-10
Can someone help me? Both of my swordtails are sitting at the bottom of the tank and will only move if I hit the tank. At first they wouldn't stop moving and now I don't know what's going on. Oh, and the rest of the fish are perfectly fine. If there's anyone with an answer, please comment back.

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  • victoria - 2010-03-14
    I think you should check if they are spawning because female sword tails like to be really lazy when pregnant because they get really fat and weigh more when pregnant so they just sit around but
    still eat. But if they are not eating I could find out the problem.

    Just comment me.
  • Paul R. Pedigo - 2010-07-10
    Lulu, it's been my experience with them that they like to hang out at the bottom of the tank and school there. I have a ten gal. with a hybrid female swordtail, two female marigolds, and one male marigold along with a otto cat and four zebra danios. My swordtails like to hang out near the bottom in the plants. Hope this helps you out.
  • Mary Fernengel - 2011-05-25
    I woke up this morning and can't find my female red velvet swordtail fish. The male is sitting at the bottom and wouldn't come up to eat.
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Nina - 2010-11-24
I have over 157 fancy fantail guppies, I have had guppies many times but this time they seem to be better and healthier. I have a 50 lt tank and a 20 lt tank but in my big tank I also have a spotted bristle nose catfish but my guppies seem to pick at him a lot since his mate died nearly six months ago, why is that?

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  • Chris - 2010-12-23
    I saw a small fish picking on a big fish that was sick at a pet store. Is your catfish sick or depressed? Look for any signs of these.
  • Anonymous - 2011-05-13
    Purchase another spotted bristle nose catfish. When a fish loses it's mate, it can become depressed and other fish will pick up on this as a sign of weakness, and will kill it. If you purchase another spotted bristle nose catfish ( opposite six of the one you have) the one you have will improve and will respond positivly to the new arrival.
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