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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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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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