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linds - 2013-08-02
Do you think I should add another male molly to my tank? I have one in a 20 gal. He is kind of antisocial, when I come over to the tank he hides. He used to be the most friendly fish before I had an ich outbreak (thanks petsmart!). He seems to be friends with my colored skirt tetra but I would like to know if he would benefit if I added another male. I would do females but I do not have the means to care for the babies, I am only 13. Would it do more harm than good? I don't want them to fight or anything just to be buddies, thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-04
    Mollies are usually good community fish and get along well with other fish. However, male mollies can become territorial and somewhat aggressive to other fish. I would say it's not necessary to get another fish, but if you would like another male then I would definitely monitor them for awhile to make sure they don't fight. If there's plenty of room for both of them and lots of hiding places, there may not be any problems - they might even get along well. But there's no way to know for sure.
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lindsey - 2013-05-27
not really a story but question. please help my guppy has been behaving vey strange lately. it seems he is getting tired, one minute he swimming around and the next he is resting at the bottom of the tank, I mean like laying there. he is stilling sitting straight and using his fins but he is literally touching the gravel. please help me

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-28
    Without knowing the tank size, type of filtration, how long the tank's  been set up, and the tankmates, its difficult to know what's happening. The usual reason for fish to have problems is water quality, followed by tankmate aggression. If you've determined there are not problems with tankmates, then the first thing to do is see if the filtration is working properly. Then check for ammonia with a test kit to determine if there are problems with the water quality.  A partial water change is usually needed.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-15
I love guppies, I bred my own quadruple sword tale half black dwarf, with a few spots of red!

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Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
I saw some awesome fancy male guppies yesterday. They are so colorful, I want to buy some, but I have a pretty established tank with Giant Danios. They are fast swimmers and I know they can be pretty aggressive, so not sure I want to risk these beautiful little fish in there, but they sure are pretty!

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    Brett Mason - 2011-07-08
    Can you keep both sexes together and if so should you have the same amount of each sex to stop anxiety.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
      Yes, you can keep both the males and females in the same tank. You can easily tell the sex of the fancy guppie and I would think it would be nice to have an eaual number of each.
    • Gen - 2011-09-03
      Your males should out number your females 2 to 1
    • mike v - 2011-09-06
      You can keep males and females in the same tank. they should be 2 females to 1 male so the male does not pester the nerves out of female. The only problem (for non breeders) with combining the sexes with guppies is you will have babies. Guppies are live bearers and multiply often. If you don't want babies you should only keep one sex.
    • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
      You can keep them together, just be ready for lots of babies. Not sure on the balance, but in general having more female fish tends to spread a males attention around so any one female doesn't get overstressed.
    • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
      have either the same amount of each sex or more females
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    Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-19
    Do guppies eat algae??

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    • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-19
      No, not usually. They will eat just about anything (flake, pellets) else you offer them though.
    • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-20
      aah. ok. Is it ok to have janitor algae fish with guppies and baby guppies?
    • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-20
      They will nibble at algae.  If you algae eater is small and well fed it shouldn't be an issue with the babies.  Snails do a good job on algae in a guppy tank.
    • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-27
      Aah. Can you tell me what kind of snail? Actually, i really don't know about snails?
    • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-27
      Just about any snail will do.  Be careful with ramhorns, they will infest your tank.
    • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-28
      ok. Aside from snails, does algae eater shrimps are compatible with guppies?
    • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
      mine eat any algae they see but not all do
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    kye turnbull - 2013-05-09
    My guppies won't stop breeding, soon the tank will be completely filled with guppies! I mean the babies are beautiful but 1000000000 guppies is not!

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    • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-09
      I bet your local fish store would take any extra Guppies you have.
    • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
      the prob is they are all midgets, the males only grow to a centimeter and they got sick after taking a 10 minute drive (i live on the mountain about 45 minutes away from any pet shops).
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    Theresa - 2013-03-26
    I have a Swordtail that I separated because she was about to have her babies. She had one that was born dead. About 2 hours later she had another stillborn. It has been 2 days and nothing else has happened. She still has the dark coloration like there are still babies there. But so did my Platty when she was done. Is it ever the case that it takes days sometimes for them to finish giving birth or can I assume she is finished at just 2 born dead?

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    • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-26
      I have never seen 2 days but anything possible.  Any changes in water? Temp?
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    Anonymous - 2011-04-20
    I am a beginner to the world of fish, and I think I know what I am doing, but want it to be verified.

    Here's my setup: 30 gal tank with 2 Sunburst Mollies and 2 sunset platies. I have the temp controlled at 72-78 degrees, I have some big rocks (one big enough to provide shelter), and a few plants, as well as a Chinese dragon bubbler.

    Here's my question: I added a Green Spotted Puffer to the mix. Is that ok? I went to WalMart, and their fish fact tag says that the puffer will be ok with Mollies. He seems to be swimming around the whole tank, not bothering other fish, but I am worried about it after reading this website. Any suggestions?

    Also, you might not be able to help on this, but my male Mollie keeps picking on the female. I was told to expect them to mate, but it looks more like torture and not mating. It could be that I am a beginner (outside that of a Beta) and just do not know what to expect. Any help here would be appreciated as well!

    Thanks in advance!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-20
      You can click on the links attached to provide you with more detailed information on the fish you have selected. Just a note to say that it is recommended that if you have other fish with a Pufferfish, you have at least a 50 gallon tank. The puffer fella likes to nip at fins. He is not supposed to be agressive and he is supposed to get along with other fish but you need a larger tank. You need a bit of vegatation there for the fish to hide and play in, whatever. Two mollies mating (movie on U-Tube) looks like the guy is trying to slam her, push her and shove her. Weird to see but it must work. Now maybe yours are fighting so watch the movie and then you'll know for sure. Looks like they were fighting to me too.
    • Anonymous - 2011-04-20
      Hmm. I wasn't told that I would need a 50, but that could be the case. The little guy has been in the tank for about 3 hours now, and he is starting to warm up to it. He swims around a lot, and doesn't seem to bother other fish. He was almost completely grey when I added him, but now his head and some of his body is back to Green. I have a 10 gal that my Beta is currently residing in that I could move him to. I bought some live plants tonight as well, so within a few weeks I should have some more greenery. I currently only have plastic plants, good ole WalMart doesn't say anything about live plants being a necessity.
    • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-21
      Yep, the information says if you just have the puffer, then a 20 gallon tank is fine but if you are adding (or have) other fish, you would need at least a 50 gallon. Puffer fish also need something to wear their teeth down so snails or some such other hard food. The 10 gallon tank is too small for the puffwer, definitely too small if there is another fish in it.
      Did you find the move on Mollies on U-Tube? There is one on just gold fish also. Strange.
      Yes, you need some plants. Have fun and enjoy. Remember all these fish are going to get bigger. The mollies will probably go 4 - 6 inches.
    • Anonymous - 2011-04-21
      Yes. Well, I took Mr Puff to Petco and donated him. I decided that I didn't want to ruin his little life just because I jumped in without surveying the water first. I think once I am out of an apartment and have my bigger tanks I will go get another puffer and try again. Thanks for all your help!

      Oh, random question. How many more fish can/ should I put in this 30 gallon? Currently I have 2 Mollies and 2 Platies. Thanks!
    • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-21
      I am responding to the other email which tells me you took the puffer back. You are asking how many additional fish you can put in a 30 gallon tank with 2 mollies and 2 platies. If you think 1 inch per gallon (just as a rule of thumb) and subtract out for gravel, decorations etc a 30 gallon should leave you with about 27 gallons of swiming area. So the two mollies are 12 inches (as adults) and the two platies are 5 inches (as adults) which equals 17 inches. So you can add two other compatible fish whose adult size is not greater than 5 inches each. OK? Yeah probably best to take back the puffer. Good thinking on your part.
    • Dioafui - 2011-05-09
      You're fine, but the male fish will chase the female to death. You should have at least three females per male, because of his desire to pro-create. I don't know about puffers, but you spelled betta wrong.
    • nic - 2011-08-05
      Here's where you went wrong. NEVER buy fish from Walmart they are cruel to their fish. They all have an illness and are not healthy fish and Walmart does not have any idea how to care for fish. They just want to make money. I had gotten a mollie and it had 50 babies and think first about how big each baby gets. hope this helps.

      p.s get live plants like water sprites
    • brookes - 2013-03-17
      thats not true i bought mine from walmart and it was a little agrisssive at the first 4 days then it got calm it was just scared thats all. all i got to say is love your green spotted puffers. i mean who can't love that little pug face of there's...lol..!
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    Anonymous - 2011-04-20
    I am a beginner to the world of fish, and I think I know what I am doing, but want it to be verified.

    Here's my setup: 30 gal tank with 2 Sunburst Mollies and 2 sunset platies. I have the temp controlled at 72-78 degrees, I have some big rocks (one big enough to provide shelter), and a few plants, as well as a Chinese dragon bubbler.

    Here's my question: I added a Green Spotted Puffer to the mix. Is that ok? I went to WalMart, and their fish fact tag says that the puffer will be ok with Mollies. He seems to be swimming around the whole tank, not bothering other fish, but I am worried about it after reading this website. Any suggestions?

    Also, you might not be able to help on this, but my male Mollie keeps picking on the female. I was told to expect them to mate, but it looks more like torture and not mating. It could be that I am a beginner (outside that of a Beta) and just do not know what to expect. Any help here would be appreciated as well!

    Thanks in advance!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-20
      You can click on the links attached to provide you with more detailed information on the fish you have selected. Just a note to say that it is recommended that if you have other fish with a Pufferfish, you have at least a 50 gallon tank. The puffer fella likes to nip at fins. He is not supposed to be agressive and he is supposed to get along with other fish but you need a larger tank. You need a bit of vegatation there for the fish to hide and play in, whatever. Two mollies mating (movie on U-Tube) looks like the guy is trying to slam her, push her and shove her. Weird to see but it must work. Now maybe yours are fighting so watch the movie and then you'll know for sure. Looks like they were fighting to me too.
    • Anonymous - 2011-04-20
      Hmm. I wasn't told that I would need a 50, but that could be the case. The little guy has been in the tank for about 3 hours now, and he is starting to warm up to it. He swims around a lot, and doesn't seem to bother other fish. He was almost completely grey when I added him, but now his head and some of his body is back to Green. I have a 10 gal that my Beta is currently residing in that I could move him to. I bought some live plants tonight as well, so within a few weeks I should have some more greenery. I currently only have plastic plants, good ole WalMart doesn't say anything about live plants being a necessity.
    • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-21
      Yep, the information says if you just have the puffer, then a 20 gallon tank is fine but if you are adding (or have) other fish, you would need at least a 50 gallon. Puffer fish also need something to wear their teeth down so snails or some such other hard food. The 10 gallon tank is too small for the puffwer, definitely too small if there is another fish in it.
      Did you find the move on Mollies on U-Tube? There is one on just gold fish also. Strange.
      Yes, you need some plants. Have fun and enjoy. Remember all these fish are going to get bigger. The mollies will probably go 4 - 6 inches.
    • Anonymous - 2011-04-21
      Yes. Well, I took Mr Puff to Petco and donated him. I decided that I didn't want to ruin his little life just because I jumped in without surveying the water first. I think once I am out of an apartment and have my bigger tanks I will go get another puffer and try again. Thanks for all your help!

      Oh, random question. How many more fish can/ should I put in this 30 gallon? Currently I have 2 Mollies and 2 Platies. Thanks!
    • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-21
      I am responding to the other email which tells me you took the puffer back. You are asking how many additional fish you can put in a 30 gallon tank with 2 mollies and 2 platies. If you think 1 inch per gallon (just as a rule of thumb) and subtract out for gravel, decorations etc a 30 gallon should leave you with about 27 gallons of swiming area. So the two mollies are 12 inches (as adults) and the two platies are 5 inches (as adults) which equals 17 inches. So you can add two other compatible fish whose adult size is not greater than 5 inches each. OK? Yeah probably best to take back the puffer. Good thinking on your part.
    • Dioafui - 2011-05-09
      You're fine, but the male fish will chase the female to death. You should have at least three females per male, because of his desire to pro-create. I don't know about puffers, but you spelled betta wrong.
    • nic - 2011-08-05
      Here's where you went wrong. NEVER buy fish from Walmart they are cruel to their fish. They all have an illness and are not healthy fish and Walmart does not have any idea how to care for fish. They just want to make money. I had gotten a mollie and it had 50 babies and think first about how big each baby gets. hope this helps.

      p.s get live plants like water sprites
    • brookes - 2013-03-17
      thats not true i bought mine from walmart and it was a little agrisssive at the first 4 days then it got calm it was just scared thats all. all i got to say is love your green spotted puffers. i mean who can't love that little pug face of there's...lol..!
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