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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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lizz - 2012-01-09
I have blue moons that just had babies. Shes had about 23 so far. I think I moved her out of the breeding box to soon and she may still have more in her... shes still got the black stop not interested in food and not very active. so questions 1) how do I know when she is done giving birth 2) the fry are in a net breeding basket is this better than the plastic box... also tips on raising the fry is welcomed

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  • nm123 - 2012-01-19
    if the black spot is still there your fish is still pregnantt i would recommend you move the fish back into the net breeder move the fry into another tank to prevent the mother from eAting the young or end up losing the pregnant mother platy I would highly recommend that you use a plastic net breeder because if you have anglefish in the tank you will end up losing most of the babies also when the fish is done giving birth the black spot will fade
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Michele G. - 2011-07-12
HELP!!!! I recently bought 4 silver mollies. They are in a 55gal tank with 2 plecos, 7 catfish, 3 alge eaters and 4 swordtails. Less then a week after I brought them home, I noticed one had a big belly and a gravid spot. A little bit later..we had babies. This was fine with me. Two weeks later...we had MORE babies. Now - I just noticed EVEN MORE babies. They all appear to have a rounded anal fin. None of them appear to be males - who is getting them pregnant? Do I have the Immaculate Concepcion of the fish world???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-12
    I think there must be a male but you don't need a male for females to lay eggs - but I am not sure about fish. You need another tank - 55 gallons is too small for 7 catfish, 2 plecos, e alge eaters and 4 mollies and 4 swortails. Rule of thumb every one each of adult fish needs one gallon of water. You need to separate out the fish in the tank as they are going to get agressive on each other (or stress or ill). You also need a tank for babies cuz the bigger fish are going to see food when the fry swim. Immaculate conception - probably not but stuff happens. Good luck and have fun.
  • Amelia - 2011-10-23
    Mollies and other livebearing fish are almost always pregnant when you get them. They can also get pregnant w/ a male and then get removed to an all girl tank and they will continue to have babies about once a month for a few months! Yes, they only have to do it once! Also they are closely related to platys and swords...I think they can procreate w/these. My surprise comes from all your fish NOT eating most of these babies/fry and leaving you w/10 or less each batch...natural selection in their world! Why haven't your other fish helped a bit?
  • zeke - 2012-01-16
    Dude you should get those baby mollys - wait till they grow up and you can make a quick buck with them:D
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J_H - 2011-12-21
Hello, I have 2 female black swords. I was wondering if I put them in with my 3 orange male swords and 6 orange females will they breed or should I get a black male?

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  • nm123 - 2012-01-10
    There is a good chance that they will cross breed but I would reccomend getting a black male swordtail
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Anonymous - 2011-12-11
Please help, input appreciated:
I have a creamcicle Lyretail Molly that is laying down on the bottom of my 20g tank. He has done this MANY times before, but somehow has recovered from being, what I was conviced was, dead. The first time I noticed his deteriorating condition, he appeared to have not-so-good looking fins, and a little bit flakey, definitely frail. However, he recovered and started to look better. Now, he's back to where he was. Literally laying on the gravel (still moving the tiniest bit though!). I just fed my fish and, surprisingly, he came up to eat. So, any suggestions as to what I should do? Want to help him, but don't want this to continue, obviously. I have a 20g freshwater tank, all conditions I'm pretty sure are normal, because my red wag platy, sunset platy, dalmation molly, and other lyretail are all doing perfectly fine. I also have 4 baby platies that are doing great. One more thing- my three mollies (all boys) are fighting frequently, ugh, bad boys... could he keep getting injured from fights? thanks so much for responses!

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jonmichael - 2008-07-29
Hi, I was just wondering is it possible to breed my micky mouse platy with my swordtail platy. I already have fry from my swords however I've just purchased two new females who are mickey mouse platy. I want to know if these will breed or do they not breed with swordtail platy. Many thanx

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-11
    You can but the fish mostly breed with their own kind.
  • hayden - 2011-12-01
    Yeah course... there both types of platys and all platys can breed. I even think its possible to breed platys with guppies (very rare). So yea I'm sure you can :)
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Chris - 2010-09-25
I don't know if my females are giving birth. I have fry in my tank, but I don't know if they are older fry or newborn fry. Is there any way I can tell the difference? Also, how many babies can a guppy have in one batch?

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  • john - 2011-11-30
    In one batch a guppy can have 2-200 fry and for telling the difference between fry age it is mostly size and color.
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