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tim - 2006-11-01
I have 6 dalmation mollies and one of them is a nasty little sod.

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Chris Williams - 2006-10-29
Right now, ladies and gentlemen, 2 males and 2 females will do for a beginner. They breed like there's no tomorrow, and they will eat practically any flake you feed 'em. 'Course, you need a big tank for them to feel comfortable in, and they can be beautiful. :D

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bill - 2006-10-07
Mollies are a good hardy starter fish and will multiply in your tank. I work at a pet store and see fish come in, get sold or die in the store. I have marble, dalmation, balloon, black and lyretail mollies. Most of these were from where I work. I have approximately 50 mollies in my tank with about 50 other fish and 50 snails to boot. Mollies also like salt in their tank and can tolerate brackish water to salt water enviroments. My fish seem to do the best at 75 degrees to 77 degrees. Out of all the mollies the balloons will entertain you.

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Scott - 2006-10-01
My Lyretail Molly eats alot of snail eggs.

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Henryk Tutak - 2006-09-17
We have bought 1 male and 2 females of the Silver Lyretail Molly.
The fishes are not so peaceful like mentioned in many books and on the web. They are agressive to all the forms of Goldfish but not to other species.
(the 450 litre aquarium is hold on 25

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Cyrus - 2006-09-05
I first had platies when I first got pet fish. I kept them with cory catfish. shortly they died and later the catfish. after that we got swordtails and a kissing goraumi. Then the swordtail aventually died. It took the goraumi years to die until we got guppies, after the guppies reproduced and the tank got to crowded. So, here I am now with guppies that we are going to return soon. I MUST SAY, platies are easy to keep and I recommend them for beginners.

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corey - 2006-09-01
Have and have had many, many guppies. They do chase and eat their own fry. So once they've breed the young either need to be separated or have an abundant amount of ambient plant life to hide in. They are fin nippers, however mine are in a tank with a Jack Dempsey. He usually doesnt eat the adult guppies, but if they gang up on him, he quickly ends the fued. The Jack has literally bitten heads off adult guppies thats tried to fin nip him. Guppies are very colorful and very active fish. Easy to maintain, although they do get disease easy if tanks are not well balanced. Guppies in my area are a dime a dozen so its no real biggy if one out of every 5 die.


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Alicia Webster - 2006-07-21
A few months ago my husband and I bought our daughter two silver lyretail mollies. She had only had them for a little while she woke up one morning and realized she had ten babies in her tank. She got so excited but then a few days later the mother died but the fry are doing very well and have grown fast

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roweb - 2006-07-13
The small, deep-bright-red Platy (redder than the one in the picture) with a chubby belly and no hint of black coloration is a must for all tropical fish afficionados. I just can't get enough of their redness! They are always in good behavior, strong, and they love to eat. It gives me so much pleasure watching them with the Harlequin Raspbora, Balloon Mollies, and my last remaining (big) guppies. I would love to see an electric yellow dwarf platy one day (like the Pearl Labidochromis but with no black lining), wouldn't that be something?!

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roweb - 2006-07-12
Once upon a time, I loved guppies. After quite a number of them died because of their genetically inferior stock (like those Dwarf Gouramis) due to overly selective breeding and other factors, I stopped buying them completely. In fact, the store where I originally bought them agreed with my findings because they, too, are tired of scooping out the dead ones - no major store names given. Where I live, a Fancy Guppy is $3. I am hoping now that their babies would produce a stronger line. It does make me wonder what kind of environment they were originally reared from, as in water condition and diet. A typical buyer has no means of knowing what these breeding farms are like.

As far as babies go, if you wish to breed guppies, do it soon, and separate the babies from the adults as soon as possible. They will eat them. Tropical fishes with big enough mouths to swallow them will no doubt hunt and digest them. Also, beware of big Mollies. Females especially are very aggressive and always hungry. Never combine Black Mollies with guppies and other tiny fishes. Balloon Mollies work with guppies, but they too have their own physical, skin problems. That's another long story.

If you want to have a peaceful tank with beautifully prestine inhabitants, do your homework. I'd hate to see a beautiful Cobra, Glass, Grass, etcetera guppies with chunks out of their tails because they will eventually die, sooner or later, due to infection. They are already handicapped to begin with.

If you wish to raise strong fishes, try Discus and Angel Fish; however, they are mean creatures. The strongest will always attack the weak. Always. This is a common trait of all Cichlids. Have enough room for them if you wish to spend a lot of money per Discus, as in 100 gallons or more with lots of hinding places. Discus maybe beautiful, but the weaklings sure hide a lot, which is a drag in the end.

Goldfish, therefore, is your best bet, if they don't have any kinds of skin disease like ich, for instance. But boy, they sure are messy.

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