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Dan Miller - 2013-01-06
My male silver sailfin molly is turning yellowish orange on his face (mostly around the nasal area). Why is this happening?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-06
    Mollies, especially the fancier varieties, have a lot of different colors in thier lineage. These genes can get expressed at different times in their lifetime.  Most mollys will have at least some discoloration, i.e. some yellow spots in a mostly black and white dalmation molly, or blue spots. Most likely some great great grandmother was a yellow guppy or something similar, and those genes just haven't been complelely bred.
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Da Funk - 2012-12-31
is it okay to add platys to five gallon tank with betta? the tank already has an algae eater in it.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-01
    Can maybe add one, but I really would go with a bigger tank if you really want to add some fish.  Platys are livebearers so there is a good chance if you add a male and a female, babies will soon follow!
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Anonymous - 2012-12-31
i have one male molly in a community tank, is it okay if i add more males? i really don't want any babies. thank you!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-01
    Mollies will usually do just fine with multiple males.
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Bonnie Spielman - 2012-12-26
Do the female become infertile when they get older?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-26
    Most will either loss fertility or slow down a bit.  A lot depends on health and environment.
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J - 2008-07-22
I'm wondering how people tell if the swordtails are pregnant, since I have 2 males and 3 females.

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  • Margaret - 2012-09-16
    The bellies of pregnant livebearers get very large, just as humans!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-17
    They will get large and you will be able to see the babies in the back portion of the belly there is a black spot that will expand as they grow!
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-07
    yes u can
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Rob - 2012-11-30
I have 4 mollies in a tank and 2 of the 4 have almost like a hole in their gill coverings does anyone have any idea what they are? They act fine for the most part they still eat and all but IDK. :{

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Maeve - 2012-05-17
I have recently bought a platy and it was rather fat when I got it but I didn't think much of it. Now it's really, REEAALLY fat. Is she pregnant or have I been over feeding her? I give the fish in my tank 1 small pinch of food a day.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-17
    You should be able to see the fry inside. Will be a large black mass inside.
  • Maeve - 2012-05-20
    No, it's just quite pale around her belly. But she is so fat she HAS to be pregnant. She is very shy and hides most of the time. Is that a sign of pregnancy?
  • Maeve - 2012-05-21
    She has a gravid spot so she must be pregnant! It is very dark now!
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Hisham - 2012-07-08
I had more than 12 female guppies and 4 males but suddenly all females started dying and were all dead within 2 days. Male Guppies and the other fishes in the tank were not affected. Can anyone explain that, please?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-08
    That really doesn't make a lot of sense unless the males are overly harrassing the females.  But you have the proper ratio.
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Anonymous - 2012-01-02
HELP for my beloved platy, please!
I have a female red wag platy that has been 'treading water' at the top of the tank for some time now (over the course of 1 day). Normally an active fish, and the worst part is, my male platy literally is showing sadness and is trying to get her to see him, but she's not moving. It's such a sad sight :( no signs of ich, nothing unusual that I've noticed. Doesn't look like she's birthing at all.
My tank (20g):
1 female red wag platy
1 male sunset platy
2 male lyretail mollies
1 male dalmatian molly
1 blue mystery snail
4 platy fry (in maturation tank)
Planted, temp 77 degrees F, good and stable conditions, water changes (1/3) weekly, filter changes every 1-2 weeks.
I truly appreciate any help or advice for my platy. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-03-03
    Buy another female platy.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-03-04
    It's hard to say what's going on, especially because you aren't seeing any signs of ich or other illnesses. You could try putting her in her own tank with good water conditions, and keep an eye on her. There's could be things going on that you can't see too. It doesn't sound like a swim bladder problem, but once in awhile one can have kidney problems which can make them not swim, but nothing can be done for that really. Also, Platies only have a lifespan of about 2 - 3 years, so it may just be old age or she may just not be a healthy fish.
  • VICKI - 2012-11-23
    you should only be changing your filters every 3 to 4 months. you need to have the proper bacterial growth in you tank if your changing your filter all the time your fish get stressed out your red wag platy will likley not survive and i highly recommed that you get some 'Stress Coat' for your tank in the mean time. sorry about your fish
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Anonymous - 2012-10-28
My mollies had babies.  Do I need to seperate them?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-28
    Yes.  They will eat their fry.  If you cant, put some breeding grass in to give the babies a place to hide.  You will loose some.
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