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Anna Hermosillo - 2013-08-03
We have a Twinbar Solar Flare Swordtail that is giving birth right now and don't know what to do or how long it's going to take her. So far she had 2. How many will she have? Please help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-04
    They usually have upwards of 80+ young! Has she had any more? The most important thing you can do is to remove the mother (and any other fish) from the tank or at least provide plenty of plants and other hiding places for the babies so they don't get eaten!
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Anonymous - 2013-08-02
This is gonna sound kinda funny but my guppy is fat. It's a male so not prego for sure but I have another and it is waaaay slimmer than this one. They are both the same size in length but the others girth is far larger. And they eat the same amount whenever I am there. This isn't a new occurrence, it has always been like this and it seems healthy but it is almost annoying at this point. Does anyone else have an overweight guppy that can't shed the pounds?

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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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