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Larry - 2009-11-08
Me and my gf are starting to breed various swordtails... before I do I had a couple questions before I proceed.

1.) is highfin and sailfin the same as I heard both talked about as very good looking
2.) Lyretail males can not reproduce, is that correct? (so I can go about it from the female side)
3.) black tails ie bluewagtail is that really cancer and probably a bad idea to try to do?
4.) cause I was thinkin a highfin lyretail with the blue black coloringw ould be, well amazing so is that a possibility for a healthy fish

anyone know those answers?

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  • Byron - 2010-06-19
    1. a high fin or hi fin and sail fin (the term sail fin is mostly used on platies) are the same but variation is known to exist between sexes I have noticed females with hi fins keep their fins on top and not folded while on males because it is more elongated it flows down to their side. 2. lyertails cannot reproduce since it gets in the way of reproduction 3. no answer because I've seen blue wag platies only, I've never seen one with a sword but the platy I did see did not have cancer 4. As for your goal let us know how it goes I'm always interested to see how people create hi fins keep a good log on your progress
  • Melson - 2010-09-27
    Highfin and sailfin are two different breeds. Any male who's got a long fin at the bottom...no the sword...cannot breed. They look beautiful but they are duds.
  • Tha IGz - 2010-10-10
    Lyretails can breed with female fancy tail guppies..I have a tank full of them and are quite beautiful.
  • anthony - 2011-04-05
    1.) Sailfin and hifin are one in the same. In the aquarium world there is many different trade names both for swordtail varieties - as such what one may perceive as say a brick red one might just say red or "orange" meanwhile it is indeed brick red. As such the sail-fin or hi-fin are one in the same just one person calls it sail fin where as the professional breeders call it hi-fin..well simpson hi-fin. 2.) Lyretail males are incapable to breed due to their overly long gonopodium so..to obtain lyre tailed offspring mate a lyre tail FEMALE to a NORMAL finned male..50% of the offspring will be lyretails. Just remember that when lyretail offspring are born right away they don't have the lyre fins till about 3 weeks old so keep all fry till at least 3 weeks old to determine how many lyres you got. Also remember that swords are not sexually mature till about 8 months of age up till then they all look like females. One reliable way to sex the fry around the 3 month mark is to look for the gravid spot, these are females as only females have it..provided the fish variety isn't a dark color..watch for the thickening leading edge to the anal fins around 4-6 month mark these are males as this will later be the gonopodium. 3.) Any wagtail variety is not melanomic, it's only melanomic if the black is on the body the more black the higher the chance of the fish getting it. Painted swords and black swordtails are the worst color varieties for developing the melanoma but not EVERY fish gets it, it's not infectious to other fishes and certainly not to man! 4.) Yes that would be an interesting color combo to take a few yrs to develop but if you succeed then I would certainly look to have the variety registered. A good way to start if you want a blue wag lyretail is to have a lyre female sword preferably green wild color. Mate her to a male blue wag platy. That way you have 50% lyretail hybrids, mate any that resemble the blue wag male back to the lyretail swordtail to create an almost pure swordtail once again and you have an almost pure blue wag lyre tail sword created from a similar closely related species. Remember swordtails and platies as well as swordtails and variatus platys easily crossbreed. (But always if you chose to mate variatus into swords you have to use a male variatus to a female sword..male swords have been proven not to inseminate variatus females BUT if you use a variatus male to a sword female then they will cross breed. It's a good way to end up with colors no one seen before and the male fry from that cross when raised to maturity develop cool little swords that are tiny and curved up like a hook lol very neat to see.
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paul - 2011-02-07
We are having an issue with our mollies dying and are not sure why. We have 2 black mollies and a silver that we have had from the beginning that are alive and doing well. We have lost 1 silver molly, 1 dalmation, 2 plecostimus, and 1 guppy. Any suggestions?

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  • Brody L - 2011-04-05
    Hi paul,
    Here are some things you might want to check:
    water quality
    pH, dH, temperature
    some of your mollies may be aggressive and are killing the other fish
    I hope this helped you a bit.
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ReyReyGup - 2010-03-26
I just stocked my 50 Gal. Tank two days ago with 3 pairs of fantail Guppies and many different other kinds of fancy guppies, 1 male and 2 Female sunburst mollies, and a pair of mickey mouse mollies along with a clown pleco and 2 spotted sailfin plecos. Is amazing how I already see many fry from both the guppies ans from the mollies ! I love them they're fun to watch.

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molly - 2011-04-01
my name is molly and i got a fish named molly

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  • Anonymous - 2011-04-01
    Dr. Jungle would say, 'Why did Molly get a Molly named Molly?'. The more Mollies the Merrier!
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fish lover - 2011-03-20
When do you think my Platy will give birth? Image link below

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  • gdd - 2011-03-30
    Any day now.
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Dyanne - 2010-09-05
Hi, I have 2 silver mollies and the male only wants to mate with one female molly. Why? Also I had a beautiful black gold fish in the tank and my dalmation female mollies killed him by nipping his scales, why is this?

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  • Peter - 2010-10-05
    Probably a couple of rug munchers!
  • purushrut - 2010-12-31
    Hi Dyanne you had mentioned that you have 2 molly you meant to say 1 would be a male & another would be a female. In this case the male would mate the female only. Some mollys are aggressive. They even kill each other by nipping their fins. Molly stays properly with gold fish very often. I have been keeping for the last 3 yrs. I have kept at least 8-9 batches and in all the batches there were 12-25 molly's. Now I have 7 guppies, 2 platy, 2 sword tail, 15 molly in an 2-1-1ft tank. They are very happy. purushrut
  • Nerubian - 2011-03-25
    Well as mollys are semi aggressive fish and goldfish are peaceful the mollies pick on them biting off their fins and sometimes the scales. Losing of the scale will cause any fish to die even tough fishes.
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Kay - 2006-03-22
I have kept many many types of fish, and bred many. But my eye keeps going back to one of my first fish, the Platy. My favorite variety is the sunset variety. Up till now they have always been a part of one of my community tanks, now they have their own tank. The type I have is sunset plume tail, which is a little tail on the female and male.

I feed them tropical flake, frozen brine and Frozen bloodworms. The fry hide in the floating hornwort I have in the tank. I feed the fry, powdered fish flake with

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  • Victoria - 2010-12-31
    I am a first time fish owner. I bought 4 Platys 2 days ago. I put them in a new 1 gallon tank. I fed them tropical fish flakes and on the first day they ate it but, on the next day 3 died when I woke up. Only one is alive and he's not eating. Do you have any tips?
  • ghfghfghfghfgh - 2011-03-14
    Get a bigger tank.
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steve - 2011-03-14
My mollie had a bunch of babies in a breeder and a lot of them are laying on the bottom are they dead and if so do I need to get the ones that are alive out of the breeder, she had them this morning?

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fish gal 1 - 2011-02-02
Hi I just finished establishing bio filtration with 1 female sword tail, I added a male flame dwarf gourami and she keeps biting them. If I add more swordtails will she calm down , or will they just join in and hurt the gouramis?
Also if I add more gouramis will she back off?

I was thinking of breeding her but now I'm not sure will she just become more aggressive?

btw I have them in a 24 gal tank.

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bill - 2009-02-22
I have 2 dalmation mollies. From what I can tell, one female and one male. I got a silver molly, but the female dalmation chased it, and killed it. Both when I got them were a silver/tan with black spots. Now the male has turned almost fully black with some blue, green, gold scales, and his tail has turned from white to a dark orange, almost amber. The female looks like she is getting a little big, I was wondering how long a gestation period for the females takes.

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  • purushrut - 2010-12-30
    Males have a gonopodium. It looks like a pencil but in most males it appears long. If your female always kills your's m/f molly then before adding a new molly in tank you better let your new molly (inside the plastic bag) float inside your tank and then feed your's molly's in the tank. After 10-20 minutes open the plastic bag and feed them in the bag (keep the bag open during they eat) after they eat take an net in your hand & pour bag water in the net & ensure your fishes do not fall on the floor (do not pour bag water in the tank bcos in the fish shop there is always diseases in the water if you want your's fish to get disease then pour the bag water inside your tank) if you want to contact me then type purushrut@gmail.com.
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