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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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Candice - 2012-04-01
I've got a 75 gallon tank with a lot of live bearers. About 20 fish in all. Recently while doing a water change I noticed some baby mollies so I caught them and moved them to a nursery tank. This was about 3 weeks ago. Later in the day after I finished the water change I noticed another baby swimming around a rock cave in the corner. Never could catch this one...it swims too fast for me to grab with the net. Deciding that Nature would probably take its course I left the baby alone. Three weeks later, the babies in the nursery tank are quite large and resembling balloon bellied mollies. The baby left in the big tank is still quite small and seems to have escaped being eaten. Do I need to put more effort into catching this fish since it doesn't seem to be growing like its siblings?

If necessary to know, my fish are:
5 mollies (1m 4f)
5 balloon belly mollies (1m 4f)
4 platys (1m 3f)
7 guppies (2m 5f)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-02
    No real need. Remember the one with the big fish is more active so it is burning more calories and probably not getting spoiled with as much food since it is getting the big fishes leftovers.
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Meredith - 2006-02-23
Wonderful to own, not quite as easy to breed. Finally caught a birth on film, only to lose all of the fry. Their personalities are amazing and they do "see" outside the tank to the entire environment.

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  • Ryan\'s - 2012-03-31
    Were do I buy these fish!?
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Animal - 2012-03-31
If you buy female mollies from an aquarium with differing sexes, there is a strong chance that they become very suddenly pregnant, so be careful when buying females when there are males in the tank.

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Sarah - 2012-01-11
I have several guppies,and I'm not sure what to do

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  • Sara - 2012-01-11
    NEVER put them with betta or siamese fighting fish. That can be trouble. They like to nip at the fins. They are peaceful otherwise. They form loose schools
  • Angie - 2012-03-09
    I have had my guppies with my beta for 6 months now and never had a problem. It may be that i have a 110 gallon tank but the beta is doing just fine. My only problem with the guppies is i am getting over run. Started with 3 6 months ago and now have over 30,and now thw babies are having babies.
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-14
    Also don't put them in the tank with angelfish
  • James - 2012-03-23
    get a bottom feeder or dwarf frog that will eat the fry for you. That will help control the population. Other than that, you just need to start giving some away because they dont die easy.
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Samantha - 2010-07-15
I just bought 3 mollies today from pet smart. My husband and I went out to dinner and came home to find that one of them had given birth to 5 babies. I can't tell the difference between male and female and have NO idea how to care for them. Can someone PLEASE help. I will check back here for any answers or feel free to email me at stoomey93@gmail.com

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-13
    If you look at the molly page on Animal World you will see the top picture(Silver Lyretail Molly) look at botton fin near anus. Thats a female. Now look at the third picture(Silver Balloon Molly), thats a male.
  • Odell - 2012-03-12
    You can tell if it's a male or female by the anal fin. The male
    will look like a flat hook and the female like regular fishes.
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Anonymous - 2012-03-03
My platy has white scales on top near its eyes. It is about 1/2 inch long and a few centimeters wide. I dont know if she cut herself or if she's just sick. Please help

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-04
    Hard to real answer without more or a picture. Sometimes if Amonia levels are spiking fish will itch themselves and leave almost a white scab. Eyes clouding at all? Only in that one spot?
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valerie - 2012-03-01
We have some 3 month old fry red sword tails and we were wondering how long till we will start to see the tails on the males. The guy at the pet shop says about 2 months old....really, because if this were the case I have a tank FULL of females :/

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-02
    It normally takes longer then that to grow the actual sword. Check the gonopodia. The gonopodia is the fin on the underside of the fish. Females will have rounded fin and male will have a thin longer fin pointing to the rear.
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kester apostol - 2011-12-21
Hi, I have 4 different molly females and 1 male black molly..will that be enough?..or do I need to buy another one?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    Yep, that's enough.
  • abhishek sahane - 2012-02-11
    Keep it as it is because if there are more males they fight. More females and if there is strong male it is easy for breeding
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