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ananya roy - 2013-01-11
please tell me,which species of fishes are compatible with guppies? soon i am getting a 50 gallon tank, and i am planning to keep small fishes which are compatible with guppies. thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    There are all sorts of small fish that are peaceful with guppies including other live bearers, tetras (characins), danios and rasboras (cyprinids), and even some of the small cat fish like coryadoras. The most important things are that they are small enough that they can't fit the guppy in their mouth and they are peaceful fish.
  • Irina - 2013-03-04
    Platys, mollys, neons, stay away from anything big that will nip their tails. All exept the neons are live berears so expect babies. I know, I have 4 tanks and 1 for babies so they are not eaten. Was this answer helpful?
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Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-30
My guppies have Ich!!! what will I do? should i feed them?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-30
    You can raise temp a couple degrees and add some aquarium salt to about 1.002 salinity.   Can also dip the fish in a higher concentrate for 30 seconds.   Do weekly 25% water changes till gone.  I would then add some ick guard to the tank.  Other option is getting medications.  Continue feeding just make sure not to overfeed.
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Margaret - 2013-01-19
My dalmatian molly is very heavily pregnant to the point that she looks more like a miniature puffer fish. Her scales are standing out. Is there anything I can do to help her?

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  • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-19
    I think she is not pregnant. It is a kind of disease, what they called Dropsy. Just search for more info if I'm correct.
  • cassye - 2013-01-27
    It sounds a lot like dropsy. The scales sticking out are called pineconing. It's caused by stress, and/or poor water conditions. Dropsy is when the fishes kidneys retain waste, intead of releasing it. My fish has had this, and I've found that adding a little bit of Epsom salt to the water helps to relieve it some. Also, maracyn is what is used to treat it. My fishy still lives, I wish the best for yours.
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ananya roy - 2013-01-22
Hi, I recently received 24 guppies from a friend. They are in a 50 gallon tank. They are quite peaceful.but now I am seeing that little groups of smaller guppies are often chasing a bigger single guppy. There are about 10 bigger guppies which are being chased by the smaller ones. They simply chase the bigger one around for some time and then let it go. There are no other signs of aggression like nipping fins or fighting with each other. Are they just playing? Is there anything to worry about? I cannot identify the males or females, because they are way too small and always moving about, so I could not see their gonopodiums. Also how long do guppies live?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-22
    They may be just playing. You could add some floating plants to provide places for them to hide. I wouldn't worry too much unless you actually see wounds showing up and ripped and shredded fins. Then you might want to separate the ones who seem to be getting bullied. Guppies don't have that long of lifespans - maybe 2 or 3 years if well cared for.
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Samuel Brown - 2004-05-14
The Sailfin Mollie is best if not bred for colors other than their natural colors. When in tanks with other fish and are also very peaceable fishes. Like most mollies the Sailfin Mollie reproduces fast in larger habitats most commonly. I know this from observation of this animal in both wild and domesticated states. For more suitable habitats the Sailfin Mollies (and mosquito fish)are best kept in water with a low saline or brackish water level and a ph of 6.8-8.6 with vegitation that trives in an abundant supply.

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Sarah - 2004-03-13
I love mollies! If a fish can be lively and friendly... they are lively and friendly! They follow your finger on the glass and they are always doing something silly. We have 3 females and one male. The male is a dalmation sailfin molly, and 2 of the females are silver lyretails, and the last female is also silver, but shes a sailfin too. I havent seen any fry yet...maybe because I have danios and tetras, but Im going to look next time so I can net them! I recommend them to anyone!

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Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-02-08
My female guppy has a very very BIG stomach!! But there is no sign of PREGNANCY and DROPSY.. any reply please?

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  • David Brough - 2013-02-08
    Sounds like dropsy but it could also be constipation. If you can get him to eat peas, it may relieve constipation.
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Lindsey - 2013-02-06
My molly now is swimming wierd.It is like his spinal cord is croocked and he has been swimming verticaly latly. Doaes anyone know what is going on?

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  • Lindsey - 2013-02-06
    wow i had a lot of typos, sorry
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Lindsey - 2013-01-31
Recently my 20 gallon tank has had a fatal ich outbreak. I have taken care of the tank (disinfected), so that is ok. My only surviving fish was a dalmation molly. He is not currently in the 20 gallon tank but a quarantine tank (1.5 gal.), when I first put him in he did have some ich but it is now gone. My problem is now the molly has these rust coored spots on them. They are in his tail mainly but also on mouth and gill(?) area. I don't think it is some sort of infection though. They shimmer like it might be some new coloration.Does anyone know what it is?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-01
    Could just be the molly's color is changing.  environment can do that sometimes.
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janj - 2013-01-28
My dead swordtail has a worm by its gills. This is the second time it's happened, what is it please?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-28
    Whats the worm look like?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    It sounds like your fish may have had anchor worm. The anchor worm (lernea spp.) is a true parasite that embeds in either the gill or body of a host fish. It can do considerable damage to its host, and it very contageous. This is actually a copepod (crustacean arthropod) rather than a true worm. It looks like a small whip (just a few mm to under an inch in length) with a forked tail. It attaches to the fish with its 'anchor' shaped head.



    For future reference... it is rather stressful for a fish, but the parasite can be carefully removed. Hold the fish on a damp cloth in your hand, then extract it with a pair of household tweezers. Gently press the tweezers as close to the skin as possible, but only extract the worm, not the flesh of the fish. Treat the infected area with an antiseptic (I've used iodine) after removing the parasite. Then return the fish to its tank.
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