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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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JJdude - 2010-07-20
I have 75 guppies and I just love them!

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Stevie J - 2010-01-30
The white film could be Ick.
Female's get EXTREMELY stressed when carrying fry and if they are the only Female for the Male, even once pregnant, he will literally chase her to death by still trying to mate. I have found Platy's to be the worst for this situation and the 3 Females I had got pregnant, and then stressed out and died from what looked to be Ick (white film anywhere on the body, particularly fins and mouth)Two of my female Swordtails have also died from this same stress.
Other fish such as Gourami's will notice the change in the Females Biological Structure (having fry inside does create a different smell in the breeds)and will also chase the pregnant female knowing she has 'food' in the fry.
I have a female platty and swordtail now pregnant, no ick, I treated the water with an Ick treatment BEFORE they got pregnant, not during.

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  • Chris - 2010-02-17
    This also happened to one of my female Swordtail... I was looking all over to try and find out what was wrong with her. I presume you can purchase Ick treatment from most aquariam fish stores.
  • Sean - 2010-05-24
    Ick shows as small white spots that are easily mistaken for as bubbles. I made this mistake and lost two lovely clown loaches, which are extremely prone to the ick parasite. Closely monitor the spots to see if they change to determine whether or not they are bubbles or cysts. Ick cannot survive in water above 83 degrees Fahrenheit, coppertone is my choice for parasite treatment of most varieties but a white film sounds like velvet disease. What should you do...GET COPPERTONE!
  • Paul Pedigo - 2010-07-07
    Ick usually is white cysts along the sides and the fins of multiple species of fish. The most prone to ick is the black moor goldfish. I personally use Ick Away from wardley. It works wonders if you need to eradicate ick. White film sounds like velvet to me. But velvet usually uses the same color as the fish.
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