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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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Deb - 2012-05-18
What should I do if I have overcrowd of swordtails. Can I slow down or prevent them from breeding?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-18
    Not really. ometimes pet stores will take them in trade.
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allie - 2008-05-01
I must be doing something wrong here. I bought a little red, male platy and just recently a female who is about two and a half times his size. I can't get them to breed at all.

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-16
    Thats because you have to have (2 females) for every (1 male).
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-03
    They probably aren't fully grown yet give it some time.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-04
    It will happen if water conditions are right and other fish aren't causing them to be nervous. I would add another male and 3 or 4 more females if your tank has room. Better chance of breeding if their are multiple females for a mature male.
  • Maeve - 2012-05-17
    Try getting more fish, generaly you need at least 2 or 3 females or 1 male.
  • Maeve - 2012-05-17
    I mean 2 or 3 females for 1 male soz
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-17
    It's not instant. I would add another 2 or 3 females. Make sure water conditions are right and soon you will have fry every where.
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Rodney Crawford - 2012-05-14
About the comment a viewer made that his guppies atacked his goldfish.Maybe you have 'Gambusia' instead of 'poecilia'. I seen the mosquito fish (gambusia) for sale as fancy guppies.The Mosquito fish is a very agressive little fish.

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Anonymous - 2012-05-12
Will swordtails also eat live plants, or only blanched lettuce?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-13
    They should. Get an aquarium clip for the lettuce.
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victoria - 2010-03-13
I was wondering how big are sword tails? I have fish that died recently because they got sucked up by my filter because my filter has openings around it, but it's too small for bigger fish than platys to get in it so my mom was going to buy some sword tails. I am wondering how big are they because I have to have a fish that is bigger than a platy! What do you think?

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-10
    about 2 inches
  • Rick - 2012-04-11
    Swordtails can grow up to 4.5 inches, depending on the variety purchased and care given. They usually have a life span of 2 - 4 years.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-12
    You can get screens for you filter end that would help prevent this. Do you have the tip on the end of the filter or is it wide open?
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Bihan - 2012-05-03
My guppys attack a goldfish... they are peaceful.. ?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-03
    They are normally peaceful unless stressed. They will nip fins at times.
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Rev. Lucas - 2012-03-21
I have 3 guppies, and 2 Mollys, neon glow fish and a starburst fish in a 10 gallon tank. They all get alone well! My guppies just had frys which was very exciting. My wife and I were not prepared for this, but we were able to catch 9-10 of them and place them in a betta type round bowl. Question, how long can they stay in there, and I'm using tropical fish food that I break up very fine; is this ok?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-21
    Get an airstone and a little pump and they will do fine. Tropical fish food is fine. Be prepared to have a ton of guppies!
  • Rev. Lucas - 2012-03-28
    I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a 10 gallon tank, and placed the frys in it with air bubbles and no filter. I was to afraid that the filter would suck the frys in it. As of Monday they are a week old, and all 7 are doing well. Maybe this weekend I'll put a live plant in it that will grow.
  • Rev. Lucas - 2012-03-21
    Thanks for the information. What size stone should I get when the tank is less than a 5 gallon. It's just a simple bowl, that's used for a betta fish?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-21
    A small one will do fine. You do not need much.
  • James - 2012-03-23
    My tank is set up the same but with 2 algea eaters and 2 african dwarf frogs. As for the breeding of the guppies, only separate the females if you are planning to keep as many of the fry as possible. If not, then get a bottom feeder or dwarf frog who will eat some of the fry and keep your population down.

    Just remember to be careful with how you breed them because they will start nipping at each other if there are too many fish for the tank you have.
  • Rev.Lucas - 2012-04-07
    As of now my frys are 3 weeks old, and doing well. At this point all seven frys are in a 10 gallon tank with nothing in it but an air stone. I think they are big enough now for a filter, and some decorations. I'm thinking about an underground filter with sand, plants, and a albino cora catfish rather than a plecostomus for cleaning the tank.

    Questions and or concerns:

    Which filtration system is better, top or bottom?
    Which is easier for maintenance sand v/s rocks?
    Which is better for decorations live plants v/s artificial plants?

    Any information and or comments are welcomed. Thanks in advance for all your suggestions. All items will be purchased at Petsmart!

    Amazed By His Grace,

    Rev. Larry Lucas

  • Angie - 2012-04-11
    I also started with 2 female and a male, I now( 6 months later) have probably 30 or so. I have never taken the fry out or done anything special to keep them from getting eaten. I have a 100 gallon tank with rocks,a few larger decorations and threw in some plastic plants to float on top for them hide in. I have a red tailed shark, 2 bala sharks, 2 striped ralphels, 4 neon tetras in with them. I also have a canister filter with the intake about 6 inches off the bottom and haven't had any issues with them being sucked in.
    I cant remember the website but i googled breeding guppies and alot of tips popped up. good luck
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Joe - 2011-10-23
Two of my female swordtails had their fry about 2 months ago. How long before I can notice if the fry are male or female? When does the male start developing their swordtail? Joe

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    It could take over a year before you know the sex, They reach sexual maturity around 2 years old. Interesting thing (I thought) that I found is that usually only one male in a group will “sex out” or develop a huge tail. Sometimes two will but usually only one will mate with the females. Most times the other males do not develop the swordtail. It was said that if you remove the male with the sword from the group that another male in the tank will develop the tail sometimes in just a few weeks.
  • Rick - 2012-04-11
    I can usually spot which sex mine are at 3 months old. The males will be starting to develop their gonopodium and some also become more aggressive, dancing around a female or nipping another potential male. Females generally will have a rounder belly and only one anal fin. The late blooming male can fool many people because he often appears female and turns out later to become a big male. These are considered the 'prize' males.
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