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Oropeza - 2008-07-17
I am wondering how long it takes for a pregnant swordtail fish to give birth.

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Amber - 2008-07-15
I have 19 black molly babies. They love to swim fast, they also jump. They were just born.

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fishtanker - 2008-07-15
Hey, a good way to get a CHEAP tank is to make it yourself. There's always a company or neighbor who can cut glass and a fish store near by or online that sells aquarium epoxy. I have seen 150 gallon tanks made this way for a couple bucks. The most expensive thing is gonna be the glass and still that's not to bad. The only difference is there's no frame around the top and bottom edges, I highly recommend taping them to avoid leaks or chipped glass falling into your tank. (plexy glass works even better but is hard to find any more ezpensive)

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April Pemberton - 2008-07-08
I am wondering if female swordtails lay on the bottom before giving birth.

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Baby-Dove - 2008-06-24
Hi! I have just moved from Georgia to Texas and left my 10, 20, and 55 gallon behind with my boyFriend. I have a little 5g hex already here in TX. Right across the street is a big pond full of large and small mouth bass, green and blue catfish, perch and GUPPIES! I was catching feeder fish for a while and when I put them all in the 5g hex I noticed there were wild guppies living in that lake! They have little to no color exept black tip fins. But as soon as I put them in the tank with regular fishtank water they started to die! I then put the pond water in the tank and other than cloudyness the fish are living and the tank is fine. Also a few days after everything settled in all the fat females started poping out babies! I have a small goldfish bowl filled with babies and I don't want to get rid of any of them! I just dont trust mailing my 10g, 20g or 55g. So I wonder if anyone knows a good idea on how to solve the over population, or a safe way to get my tanks here. I don't have enough money to spend on another tank right now! And I'm not planning on staying here for too long, but I don't like over pop or letting the babies free. I got rid of all the parents exept for big moma (the biggest female) and big daddy (biggest male). It doesn't look pretty but I just can't bring myself to let them go until they are big enough to fend for themselves!

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Brett Moulton - 2008-06-02
I have had guppies for about 3 months now. I have 15 adult guppies. 5 male and 10 female. I also have about 60-75 babies. I bought all of my females big so I knew they would have more babies. I have read a lot of books and reseach about all types of fish, and guppys are the best ones to start off with. You can train them like a dog. I will own my own fish store one of these days, I'm going to call it Fish World. The best thing for guppies is a good size tank about 10-30 gallons, some plants for them to eat, and they love to eat alage tablets. I feed them some flake food first thing when I wake up, then noon time one algae tablet, and then some more flake food before I go to bed. I had one molly which I thought was a male until I got 3 babies, which are females. The best way to find out jender with babies is to check where the stomach is. My baby fish have more females than males. If you want some colorful fish buy two or three colorful males and 5 females. Then within a month you should have a few babies depending on the females size and health. A good way to clean your tank is to put some snails in, or shrimp. Thank you all for your comments. I hope my information is useful to all you fish lovers like my self. If you want a lot of babies have lots of plants for cover so they don't get eaten.

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Samantha Jakobson - 2008-06-01
I think guppies are so pretty! I started out with only 10 fish. All died but 2 or 3. Now I have about 50. They produce very very quickly so don't buy more them maybe 10. Even some of the young are pregnant.

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Jerie - 2008-05-19
You should always have at least 2 females for each male. I like to actually keep 3 for each male just to keep them happy. The males will end up "fighting" over the females and you will end up with unhappy/dead fish. When I get too many males being born or just too many babies I bring them to my local pet store....they are happy to add them to their aquariums:)

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Emily Johnson - 2008-05-12
I started out with two male platys, two female platys and two female swordtails. I now have more than fifty babies and three of my females are pregnant YET AGAIN! I recently bought a 14-gallon tank to house some of the babies I want to keep and I plan on going to Craig's List and giving away the rest of the babies. I cannot believe how easy they are to take care of, and really, how easily they breed! My swordtails are a little reluctant to mate with the male platys, but they're pregnant again, despite their reluctance! Very easy to care for - just be sure to make plans on how to deal with all the babies!

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kathy - 2008-04-11
I got my first platy. I love the platies, and it's a male. He's kinda pinksh white with black spots. In time, I plan on getting more platies.

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