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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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Chris - 2010-11-23
I have a 20 gallon tank with guppies, silver hatchetfish, golden mickey mouse fish, a plecostomus, and an albino cory catfish. It is interesting to see them interact in the tank.

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  • john - 2011-11-30
    Good for you but keep an eye on the pleco and the hatchet fish because pleco get big and hatchet fish can jump out of the tank.
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Angelic - 2011-10-01
Ok so I bought a male fantail guppy and he ate the long fins of my betta so my betta started eating his back fins I was told you are able to put them together I have them separated now can I put them in the same tank again or should they just be apart? Also I put my fantail guppy in a tank and every time the bubbles go off he starts swimming really fast and will occasionally dart up and down the side of the tank, but when it goes back on he stops completely just acts like a normal fish. Is this normal?

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  • john - 2011-11-30
    Don't put them back together because when he said that you can keep guppies with bettas he meant female guppies but you could put them back together. For the bubbles the fish is probably just startled but it could be dangerous to the fish as he could injure himself. If it is one those on off bubble things get rid of it and replace it with a constant bubbler as it will be easier for the guppy to adjust.
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john - 2011-11-29
My guppy had babies and i don't really know what to do!!! I can only see 2 guppy fry swimming in the tank and I have an extra 1 gallon bowl but I don't want to stress the babies out. Please help!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    You should remove the babies. Guppies don't make very good mothers and they have a strong tendency to assume the babies are food and will eat them. Good luck.
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nm123 - 2011-11-22
Can anyone plz respond to my qustion

Here are all the fish that are currently in my 30 gallon aquarium. I have (platies, swordtails, torpedo barb, red tailed shark, cory catfish, clown pleco, silver shark, silvertip tetras). That's all the fish I have in the tank. My tank now will any of these fish eat the live plants or will they leave them alone and will they breed more with live or fake plants? Thanks.


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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-22
    Some are fine with fake plants but some prefer live plants - such as the platies. Yes, some of them will eat the plants but you can plant some that are fairly easy to grow. You can do a java moss or a wisteria - hardy plants that grow fast so less maintenance. Good luck and have fun.
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nm123 - 2011-11-15
Here are all the fish that are currently in my 30 gallon aquarium I have (platies, swordtails, torpedo barb, red tailed shark, cory catfish, clown pleco, silver shark, silvertip tetras) that's all the fish I have in the tank my tank now will any of these fish eat the live plants or will they leave them alone and will they breed more with live or fake plants? Thanks.

plz get back to me soon so I can get set up thanks

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Katie - 2010-04-07
I have had a tank with Mollies and Platies set up for about five years. Of course they have bred well over the years and it has always been interesting to see what will come from them. A few months ago I started to notice that some of the younger males were sporting what looked like a swordtail. I have often seen these fish in the pet store, but I have never bought one. Is it possible that through their interbreeding they have created the swordtail? It's very difficult to tell if they are from the Mollies or the Platies.

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-11
    Yes if one of the fish bred with a swordtail before you got it.
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somebody - 2007-10-07
In January i got 3 girl platys (orange) and a girl and a boy black platy. Since then they have bred and had babies, which have grown up and have had more babies, and the cycle keeps going. I'm telling you to not put boy and girl platies together! Since January I have now 25 boys And 35 girls in my 29 gallon tank! They are still breeding! And now i have spotted baby platys, what am i going to do! Recently the boys where breding so hard that some of the girls had died. I started out with one boy and ended up with 50! Do not put boys and girls together!

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-11
    Dude let other people try it to god as far as I know you don't want to create a new hybrid wow.
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Vicki - 2008-06-17
My kids have a 20gal tank. We purchased 3 Red Platies & 3 Yellow Platies,... one of each kids looks large in the belly for about 2 weeks now. I wonder how long it takes for them to have babies.

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-11
    4 weeks.
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