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Jessica Hruschak - 2010-06-20
I have 2 female swordtails, I got them from a pet store, one was pregnant and so far I have only seen 1 baby fish... Did it eat the others? Do they give live birth all at once or every few days until the babies are ready? o_o I've already put the baby in a separate place away from the mother..

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  • Rahim - 2010-10-03
    It's a good thing you put the baby in a separate...
    This morning my S.T fish gave birth to a total of 9 babies this was every 10 minute, while giving birth she then started hunting them and eating them, I managed to save 6 of them and separated them.
    The Female Sword tail looked hungry but would not eat flakes so I fed her blood worms, and she just kept on eating and eating.
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Kenny - 2010-09-25
My silver mollies and sailfin mollies will start swimming vertical like they are standing on there tail fin and shortly they die why is this and what can I do to stop this problem please some one help me thank you?

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Md Roslan - 2010-06-01
My guppy frys seem to grow slowly. Have already been almost one month but they have not transformed to look like a guppy. Can anyone share how long will it take for them to grow big enough to join the community tank?

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  • Chris - 2010-09-25
    If you add enough plants and hiding places, you can put them in as soon as you like. If you don't want to do that, add them in when they are too big to fit in the adult guppies mouths. This might take awhile, but soon you will have new members of your tank.
  • Chris - 2010-09-25
    It should take about 4-5 months. If you like, you can add them now if you have a good amount of plants and hiding places. It is risky, but you could give it a try.
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dale - 2009-12-07
I have 2 female dalmatian mollies, 2 male golden mollies and 2 black mollies (one male and a female). They share a 48inch tank with 4 danios, 10 swordtails, 7 angelfish, 8 gouramis, 2 plecos, 12 barbs and 9 tetras. These fish are very peaceful. They are fun to watch and they are also very easy to breed. I would recommend them to anyone

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  • Christa - 2010-09-05
    I am just setting up 1.2 x .3 x .3 tank, I so far have tetras, danios, guppies, neons and shubukin can you please tell me what ph level do you work with, with the range of fish you are keeping?
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maddie - 2010-08-02
I'm planning a 10gal aquarium with fancy guppies and platies I have been doing a lot of research and know about the cycling and all that stuff but,have never had a tropical fish tank and on this page and the guppy page it says that you can keep them in the 60's (temp wise) and that's about the temp of my house
so I was wondering if I would need a heater? I would also like some more tips.


thanks

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  • janine - 2010-08-29
    I would still get one because the 60's as far as I have read is still on the cool side. I would get one for the 10 gallon size, have it set on a low temp, just to take the edge off cool nights. The other night it got quite cool here, I forgot the living room windows were open still and my 20 gallon tank was reading 68F, but the 10 gallon in my bedroom was still in the high 70's, window open. Even if you just have to set it on a low temp, I think it would be better. I've noticed my 20 gallon tank is always a couple degrees lower than the house, but the 10 gallon stays pretty close to the house even with the heater off.
    I was worried I was going to wake up to fish pops floating in the tank. lol
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Kevin Lee - 2009-06-13
I purchased 4 Blue Moon Platys and 6 Sunset Platys last June and put them in my 160 gallon backyard pond. When I went to net them in the fall I had over a 100! They are residing in my 65 gallon basement tank right now. Amazing what good water and sunlight will do for fish.

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  • janine - 2010-08-29
    I can imagine that would be pretty easy, especially if all 10 or majority were females. I've had 1 male and 5 females for a couple months total, some females are a little newer as well as 1 new male. The surviving babies from 1 or 2 females dropping fry is now getting closer to 20 in my 20 gallon tank. I don't do anything to protect the fry, if they survive it's all on their own, figure it's better that way, survival of the fittest really.
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Kristi - 2008-11-05
My female has looked pregnant for a few months now and we are wondering if she is actually pregnant or just chubby. How long is a platy pregnancy??

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  • victoria - 2010-03-14
    A platy pregnancy can last for 5 to 8 days if the female is pregnant and does not have her babies by then, then i'm guessing she is not pregnant.
  • andy - 2010-05-16
    "hello, I own 2 platies in my 10g tank. 1 male 1 female. I read a lot about them. One I know is pregnant because of the dark spot (gravid spot) near her tail, and to answer your question most pregnancies are 26 days (2-3 weeks).
  • janine - 2010-08-29
    Females can be pregnant constantly, or at least mine seem to be. For some reason some drop a bunch at once and others, like mine drop a handful just about weekly so they look pregnant longer. On the lighter colours it is easier to see the babies inside. I have 1 jumbo tri colour and because her mid section is white it's really easy to see.
    The average platy pregnancy lasts anywhere between 3 and 5 weeks. But if stressed the mom can abort her entire load, in this case you will have a platy that looks pregnant, then all of a sudden not, but there's no little babies floating around the tank.
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northy - 2010-08-20
I bought 3 mollies, a dalmatian male, a gold female and a silver female. First the silver female passed away, then the dalmatian male. Why, I do not know. The gold female is doing well, and has now produced her 2nd batch of babies. They are 2 weeks old, and it looks as though the gold female is pregnant again! My question is, How long will she continue to produce fry, with no male in the tank?

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Mikaela - 2010-08-17
I have an all male black molly and a female dalmation molly and they just had babies, so far we're up to 16 and the female is still fat. Should I be expecting more? And if so how many more?

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Mary - 2008-12-06
My name is mary, I am 11. All my fish are dead. I do not no what killed them, my tank's ph is perfect, my temp is right but my mom bought the food and it is cheap. Can someone help.

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  • Bob - 2010-03-14
    Hi Mary, sorry about your fish. Without knowing much about your fish tank I can give only basic information. All fish need several things to live. The ph and temp are important and also other things like the quality of water and how they are fed. If you start again here are some ideas I use in my classroom. First, plan for only a few fish to start and use a tank at least ten gallons. If you use gravel then wash it first in a big bowl to get rid of any dust before you put it in the tank. Let the water sit with the air stone or filter running for at least a day so the temperature will be right. Put your fish in the water letting them get used to the water by leaving them in the bag for at least fifteen minutes. Before you let them loose put a little bit of food in the tank. Only feed them what they will eat in a few minutes! More fish have been killed by food fouling the water than by starvation. (my opinion)

    Good luck and remember to take out some water each week and change it with water that has been sitting for a day or so. Good Luck and see if your library has a fish book with more good ideas.
  • none for safety - 2010-04-20
    It may be because one of you fish is aggressive and could kill others so be careful what kind you get.
  • sarah bynum - 2010-06-13
    Have you tested at the pet shop? I just lost 6 gold fish because of too much ammonia.
  • jacey am 12 - 2010-08-10
    Know what that's like. Where did you get your fish some fish sellers sell you sick fish.
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