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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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Becky - 2012-09-22
I need some help of one of my neon coral vatius platy, I have 4 male fish in a 25L tank. Everything had been going fine for 5 months; 3 of the males seem to be picking on one. He is eating well but is very thin compared to the others. He’s been keeping out the way of the others and just hiding so not swimming around. He has no other signs of illness. I’m thinking it stress caused by the others as the other fish are fit and well, I’m not sure if parasites only affect one fish or the whole tank. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-23
    Yeah other fish picking on it will definitely stress it, and as you are seeing, it will then hide out more and won't eat as often or as well.
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john - 2011-11-14
I'm just gonna put it plain & simple. Can I breed mosquito fish with guppies and then breed the fry with new guppies to make them more colorful?


Extra question (only answer this if you want to): is the senegal bichir on this website because I can't find it. if it isn't can someone please put it on this website.

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  • David Brough - 2011-11-15
    I would doubt that mosquito fish and guppies would breed. They are different species. As far as the senegal bichir is concerned, I cant find a writeup but there are pictures here Senegal Bichir. Thanks for the suggestion, a writeup is now on the list of new fish to add.
  • Tanya Altice - 2012-02-20
    I dont know personally about the mos and guppy mix but as my mother in law has had several live breeder tanks from what she has told me most live breeders will inter mingle! She created fancy swordtail mollies! She had fancy guppys and swordtails and mollies. Just try putting them together and keep mixing and matching till you get what you want!
  • Friendttyy - 2012-06-07
    no
  • Nita - 2012-07-24
    NO! Do not breed those horrid feeder guppies with fancy guppies. 1. The fancy female will hold the feeder guppies sperm for months. 2. The other fancy guppies will kill the fancy female who has the gutter fish offspring when she births. 3. the gutter (feeder) fry will grow up and attack the fancy guppies fins. 4. No, I did not inter breed the feeder and fancy guppies. I thought I bought pure breed females, but two were impregnant with feeder sperm. Boy was I mad when I found out a few months later about this.
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Cassara - 2012-02-23
About 3 months ago, my molly had a batch of about 25 fry. While sexing them today I found that I had no males. Are all mollies born female and then turn male later in life? Or is it just a batch where it was all females?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-26
    Wow that's amazing, but not unheard of. It's believed that a number of influences can affect the sex of the offspring in fish. These include the age of the spawning adults as well as environment influences including temperature, pH, and light levels. There are a number of fish that will change sex, but Mollies aren't one of those.
  • Wythori - 2012-07-13
    Ignore last comment, I read it wrong. It takes about 6 months for the anal fin of the male molly to become the tell-tale gonopodium. Before it develops it will look like a female. Males will be slimmer and slightly smaller though.
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myron - 2011-10-16
Hi, my male guppy does not want to mate with the females.. what is wrong with him? Anyone please help:-)

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  • David Brough - 2011-10-16
    It is usually very easy to breed guppies. The only thing I can think of would be poor tank conditions or maybe he's not old enough? Give him time or get another male perhaps.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-09
    Do you have multple females?  Sometimes its the tank condition.  Check all the levels and temps?
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vivek - 2012-06-19
Can I put sword tails in a community tank containing guppys and its frys ?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-20
    Swordtails and guppies will eat their fry.  Fry should be removed if you are trying to keep as many fry alive as possible.
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Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-06-07
I have a large critter cage and I am interested in breeding guppies to feed to my gar and garter snake just because it gets annoying going to the petstore and getting sick/disease ridden feeder fish so how should I try to setup the tank and please be as detailed as possible

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Maeve - 2012-05-30
Well, I have 3 platties, 1 is definetly a male, and 1 is definetly a female, but the third one I am not very sure about. I think the other one is maybe a female it looks fat (perhaps it is pregnant?) The female platy is pregnant, and she doesn't like it when the other platties come near her.

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william - 2012-05-21
i have a 55 gal tank how meny fancy guppes can I have in it? It's an all guppy tank

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-22
    Really depends on how much decor. 30 or so should be fine. But remember these fish breed often and a lot! So be prepared for the population to grow.
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