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Christopher Ashby - 2010-04-19
Hi was wondering how to tell that my female is pregnant?

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  • Caitlin Perello - 2010-06-02
    If your female swordfish is coming straight toward you (be patient, it eventually will), and it looks pregnant at that time, then it is probably pregnant. A black spot in its abdomen doesn't actually mean anything; it can't be the babies' eyes because there are many babies at once, not just a few.
  • Paul Pedigo - 2010-07-07
    Christopher, a female that is pregnant is really FAT and will have a black spot near her anal fin. Hope this helps.
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Anonymous - 2009-10-24
I have two Platies, Moonfish. They keep on having babies. They mate with others of their same kind and I have more than 20 babies, except one, which has grown.

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  • vistoria - 2010-03-14
    If you don't want your platys having more babies then I wlould get another tank and put the females in separate tanks where the males can't get to them.

    from animal expert victoria m allen davis.
  • Olivia - 2010-06-16
    You can also gt a tank divider to separate the males and females to prevent from breeding again. I've done this and my female platy has giving birth much earlier than she used to be..
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Paige Felbaum - 2004-04-06
I think this is a very wonderful fish. They come in all different colors and will breed easily. But if you are like me and breed your fish these are a good fish to start on. The fry are kind of hard to take care of but if you know how to do it they will probably live. They are very easy to take care of and live a while. My oldest one is almost 7 months now in a heated aquarium around 75 F and fed twice a day. He lives with a mollie, african dwarf frog, female guppy, tiger barb, red platy and 5 jumbo neon tetras.(in a 10 gallon tank)

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  • Debbie - 2010-03-16
    My female swordtails tail had a white spot on it she was pregnant, after she had the babies it went away and she is doing fine I use bottled spring water.. but I have a hard time having the babies live... they die on me. I have them in a separate little tank and feed them the flake food... how do I take care of the babies and keep them living so I can breed them?
  • Caitlin Perello - 2010-06-02
    I think you might want to get a bigger tank for all of those, especially with a frog in there. In my ten-gallon tank, I have a pair of swordtails (the female I believe to be pregnant), and my marble angelfish.
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kemos - 2010-05-26
Dear all my gubbies fry .. are about 1 week old, how can I tell their gender by this stage?

And anyone have a picture of molies pubble fish pregnent I think mine is too big now.. but want to see a pregnant one so I can tell.

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none for safety - 2010-04-20
I'm going to tell you why guppies are cool, they only need five gallons and get along perfectly with each other and with other fish. Also they're just plain cool because they come in so many colors I can't tell you so if you're getting your first fish get a guppy.

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Am - 2010-04-08
We have 3 female dalmatian mollies and a betta in a 10 Gallon. The larger of the dalmatians is extremely aggressive to the others, but seems to leave the betta alone. She never leaves the other two alone. Should I add a male or two? or what do you suggest to calm her down?

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Wayne - 2010-04-01
I am new to keeping fish and have two Gold Mollies, two Danios, a catfish, 3 Plato's, 4 Gourami's, a Cherry Barb, 3 Neon Tetra's and 3 Glow Tetra's. My question is concerning the Mollies. I get the impression, though I have NO experience, that the female is pregnant. The male keeps nudging her under her large belly. Do I need to place her in a birthing cage to save the fry when they are born?

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chipplebutte34 - 2010-03-23
I just started with a 3 gallon rounded tank. I have a male and female fantailed guppy and a small catfish. We just found one fry so far, but are looking forward to many more. We love the babies!

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karen - 2010-03-13
Hello, my female black molly was hiding behind the air pump and all the other fish were going after her so I took her out and used the tank water in a gold fish bowl to put her in. When I stepped out of the room and came back low and behold there were little black babys everywhere, 43 of them! I saw her eat one and she was done. I put her back in the tank she's still hiding behind the air pump why is she hiding from the male? Because he's big and always chasing her. I have 2 white molliess the female is getting really round. What should I watch for when she is ready? I have a prago sunburst platy she can barely swim she's so round and very dark back end. How will I know when to get her out to save the babies? I have a very nice big nursery netted full of very tiny black molly babies atm.

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Josh - 2010-03-06
Ok I have a lot of quesions, like when should you put your pregnant fish in a breeding tank because I was hearing as soon as possible so she doesn't get stressed out. And I heard the less time she's in there the better. Please someone help me and I cant find the gravid spot on my marigold variatus.

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  • andy - 2010-05-16
    "I read online that if you put her in too late she can abort the pregnancy, causing death. If the breeding tank is 5g or more, she will be fine for weeks, just make sure the mother isn't with the fry too long or they will be eaten. Look above her anal fin and in front of her tail fin to find the gravid spot. Signs of labor are loss of appetite, shaking, and hanging out near the heater.
    Good luck!
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