Animal Stories - Livebearing Aquarium Fish


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Ernie - 2008-01-27
I started with 2 swordfish, they are green with a red line down the side. The male has a beautiful long light green tail with a black edge all around. They have mated many times. The male doing that dance he does going forward then backing up to the female. They have had fry about 4 times since I've had them. Almost all have lived and I leave the babies within the tank with all the other fish and they have all made it by hiding in the plants and rocks. Also, some of the bigger fish have gotten use to seeing the fry around. I feed all of them 2 times a day. So just let them be and they will take over the tank in no time. I keep the water temperature at about 80 degrees. The only thing is it seems like all the fry are females, some are 1 inch long and I don't see any swords yet. I guess I'm stuck with 100 females and a male. Lucky fish.

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DR .Naeem aziz soomro - 2008-01-26
These livebearers are very cool to have in an aquarium because they are easy to care for. In my experience is they are wonderful to have because they breed after 20 To 30 days. They are very peaceful and lead very joyful lives. Being omnivorous they can eat all types of food stuffs especially for tropical fishes. I love these platy moontail.

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kathy - 2008-01-21
I bought a Yo Yo loach the other day. In the clear bag with my Yo Yo loach was a baby Balloon Molly. It hides behind the air tubes a lot. It eats the flake food I feed to my other fish. I can't wait until it gets bigger. It's so cute. I'll have fun watching my baby molly grow.

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Eli - 2008-01-19
I can't believe that my Gold Platy is considered a "community fish". It beat up on my Betta fish (who has since been separated), and is now going after my Marbled Molly (especially during feeding time).


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Kris - 2007-12-30
I'm new to the guppy business. I bought 5 guppies over a month ago and four died so i got 4 more, and then three died. So now I have only two, one from the first batch and one from the second. The day after I got my guppies I had six babies in the tank so we caught them and put them in a rose bowl until we could get a breeding net. After we got the next four fish we had 15 babies in the breeder net and then 5 died. Then one of the fish had 20+ babies about a month after I got her so now I have 22+ babies and 2 adults. I have no adult males. The 2 feamles are due in three days and the other in three weeks. I have six 6 week old, four 4 week old, and 20+ 1 week old babies. If you buy female guppies from the pet store they are usually pregnant.

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heidi buehler - 2007-12-25
I can't wait, my marigold swordtail is pregnant. Just waiting for the fry to be born!

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tyler hoefinghoff - 2007-12-01
Hey i have a regular molly. It has a huge problem, one of its eyes has been completely covered by a white substance. Also upon further review i saw that one of it gills has a medium sized gap (which is red). But it still eats and interacts with other fish and my other fish have been living with it for a pretty long time with out catching whatever it has. Thanks!

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Kate - 2007-11-18
I have 2 male guppies. 1 yellow cobra and 1 red tuxedo. I am hoping to breed them in the future because they are so lovely. The males can nip each other, but it ends up fine. I recommend them.

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John Shachter - 2007-11-15
I have 4 swordtails (listed as pineapple swords)in my 30gal long tank: two of each sex. The one male seems to be the "alpha male". This observation was made when watching the his activities as it appears he is trying to mate with one or both of the females. He would chase off the other male, while keeping the two females hurded.

What was very interesting to watch was what appeared to be a mating ritual dance preformed by the male. He would start from a stand still and dart forward about several inches, and just as quickly, do the same in reverse. He didn't turn around, but actually went straight back. He would go back and forth a couple of times... and then rest. I witnessed this behavior a couple of times.

Unfortunately, I don't know the temp of my tank, as I need to get a new one. However I had turned on the heater the other day, as it is getting much cooler in my apartment. I am thinking that the warming of the water has spawned this new activity. I do have some live plants, one which is probably over 3' in length (planted in a corner). I pushed this plant in at several places along its length to keep it from all floating along the top.

Hopefully this will give any fry produced a somewhat safe haven to hide while they grow.

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Karen - 2007-10-16
I have a 20 gallon tank with guppies, and albino cory cats. Today I added 2 females and 1 male red swordtail to the tank. While I was introducing the fish to their new home, I noticed that the fish were going crazy eating something at the bottem of the bag. With a closer look I noticed 6 babies at the bottem of the bag. Now I do not know if the babies were caught in the net while buying the fish at the store, or did one of the females have the babies during transport from the store to my home. I bought 3 fish and put 9 in my tank! The babies are in a breeding tank doing very well, and are eating regular flake food that lays at the bottom of their tank. I guess I will need to get a bigger tank now!

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