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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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    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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    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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