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This is a discussion on Sylver's Fish Updates within the Fish Breeding forums, part of the Advanced Freshwater Discussion category; --> I can't speak of neons but I have tiger barbs with pristella tetras and emperor tetras in my 75 gallon. The barbs have never ...

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Old 01-11-2014, 01:03 PM   #501
 
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I can't speak of neons but I have tiger barbs with pristella tetras and emperor tetras in my 75 gallon. The barbs have never shown any aggression toward either.

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Old 01-12-2014, 05:53 AM   #502
 
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Well, I'll be doing my research first of course. lol But it's nice to hear they CAN get on. The tank should be big enough for 8 or so of each, nice and planted...it's just occupied at the moment. :3 I just think a 55 gallon long, planted tank would look great with the little red barbs and the blue and red neons or cardinals.
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:33 AM   #503
 
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Sooo...had a really odd problem yesterday. One of my juvenile orange MM platies suddenly had an issue and died this morning. I'm not sure what happened to her. She was in the nursery, her and a sibling were the biggest babies in there, almost ready to be moved to the larger tank...probably could have safely at this point, usually after platies hit 3/4 inch they're big enough looking most others leave them be.

Anyways, had NO problems with any babies in there, haven't added anything new, stats have been stable for months in that tank...nothing to be injured on and the filter power is dulled out by the sponge....and yet she looked like she had internal bleeding. Of massive proportions. I could see in her belly, you know how you can see the gravid when they're pregnant? Just one giant red spot and she wasn't moving around much, she died overnight. I had added in a little aquarium salt trying to give her a boost, didn't seem to help.

What do you think could have caused it? There's nothing in there to get mushed on or mushed under, no other fish big enough to do any damage to her like that, and she had no visible outside damage, no messed up scales, she was a nice plump baby, bright and active like the others until last night.

=( I'm very sad, she was so pretty. I gotta figure out what happened there...I hope it's not an illness and was a freak accident of some sort.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:23 PM   #504
 
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I thought mollies were the fastest growing livebearers...turns out guppies win that one. Wow. Mollies sprout up faster than others in the first few weeks...but I have a batch of guppies that hit maturity within about three months. @_@; I had to move one out of the nursery...they're such small fish in comparison to the other livebearers next to Endlers. lol I had a male gold and red one mating with one of my young mollies. Big mistake, moved him out. Unfortunately I think he hit that ability a while ago, I'm pretty sure that female, who is one of my prized rare half black, half gold gold dusts....actually is having babies. o-o; That should be...awkward mix. My guppy was a bright yellow with a red tail, nice little fella...but I did not want those mollies to be bred yet. >< Oops. Oh well! I was hoping to get a male for the girls of the same type, I've had so much difficulty breeding and raising them, and only have two of them, and three lyretail ones....after years of keeping that type. lol Ah, well I suppose they'll be out of steam in a year or so for sure. lol
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:46 AM   #505
 
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So far it seems to have been a freak accident with my platy who died. Haven't had any problems with anyone else.

Ah, just an update on my marble molly...not sure what's up with her scales, perhaps it's normal or just some damage having problems recovering. No other fish in the main tank where she was when I first saw her issue has had any issues...and she has lost none of her zest in life, still acting same as she ever did, isn't rubbing on anything like the oddness itches or anything. It looks like some odd film over one half of her body and part of the other half, but it hasn't spread, doesn't look worse...nor does it look better, and it hasn't passed to any of the kiddies in there I was treating for ich...treat velvet the same way which is why she was there. The ich I had on one young platy with a white spot on his tail, hoped I caught it early and moved him over with the other kids since the tank had salt in it and was warm...oh wait, I did mention him. Yeah, the white spot cleared up in less than an hour, never came back, no other spots appeared on anyone.

Anywho....no idea what's up with my marble molly. She doesn't seem to be bothered in any way by it, gained back some weight after giving birth, happy and active as ever. NORMALLY I'd be happy about that...but with how she looks I'm just plain confused. I'd love to get up a photo of it. It's quite odd for her to look as if she's covered in a slimy film and be, well...FINE. o-o; Keeping an eye on her still, and perhaps I'll keep salt in there for a bit longer as well. I don't trust it not to get worse or spread if I remove the salt. For all I know it could be a fungus(why it would not change, spread or die with a bunch of salt and heat at 84 degrees is beyond me if it were). -sigh- Again, she's fine and has been acting fine for a long time now, so it's really lost on me what it is! lol So long as she stays fine and doesn't get issues from it. I'm debating on trying a bath for her to see if that helps, she's already used to the salt, so at least it wont shock her as much as it would a sick fish just being dropped in.


Oscar! Oscar has gotten big, I say that every time. lol Only one problem now...for so long he was fine, now I can't seem to get him enough food. x.x Stupid fish started running him off his food like I KNEW would happen....but I THINK I have fixed it. See, sleeping fish aren't going to smell the food, so instead of just waiting a bit after dark to feed him and hope they don't find the food, I wait several hours....or set my alarm to get me up at like four am. He's looked better since then, but I've noticed if I feed him too soon after lights out, or make noise when adding food in, some of my brats are like OH FOOD! o-o; Greedy little stinkers. He's so big now they shouldn't be an issue. x.x Well, big in comparison to how tiny he was(they said 3.5 inches, but he was barely bigger than 2.5 inches, I'd say he's just over seven, maybe eight inches now, I'd have to actually measure him to know for sure, I just know he looks like he's grown a lot and no longer gets in the vase).
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:03 PM   #506
 
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Meh, my black tailed swordtail died. The red painted one who had a black tail(instead of having a bunch of spots, he had one big black spot, his whole tail)...it's the one who got bitten by my resident jerkfish(I'm selling my gourami's today if I can get out there...pretty sure it's my big blue male). I loved that little fish, raised him from birth and got very attached. He was going to be my keeper if he ended up male like he was starting to look.
Anyways, it was my bad though...he's a very shy swordtail, and a youngster(only about two inches long...one of the kids I raised from last year, born New Years Day). Since he's shy I rarely saw him, but when I did I was wondering (Why has his tail not started healing yet?" But didn't persue it like I SHOULD have. Anyways, I got a good look at him yesterday when I fed them, his tail was infected, big yucky bump the whole area around the bite. Poor kid. I moved him over to my sick tank and added some melafix and salt over time(didn't want to shock him by dumping it all in there)...unfortunately he didn't handle the move very well. Soon as I put him in the container to acclimate him to that tank, he just started swimming odd, and then he floated around even after I put him in the main tank, eventually I scooped him up in the net without taking him from the water again. He didn't survive the night. That was a shock. He was FINE before I netted him, and I did so very easily since he didn't see me coming...no chasing or anything. Why is it some fish just can't handle being moved? I know it's stressful, but wow, some really take it bad even when not sick. =( BAH

Well, illness and disease haven't been a part of my tank for a while still. My marble molly! Yes! She wasn't sick like I thought, she DID have some light damage to her scales and her tail, both of which have healed up...but that "Film" I thought I saw, was her scales changing color. She's getting in some lighter colors like she had when she was still growing. Right now she's almost solid black(her black is black as pitch!) with some silver veins(which is why I call her marble molly...she looks like a chunk of black marble with some veins and some shininess that you see on dark rocks....but apparently she's not a marble, marbles look similar to dalmatians from what I've seen and read...and I can't tell the difference really)...but growing up she had more white on her...more grey than white really, around her back where she's getting it again. It looks perfectly normal now that's it's showing more and I can get a good look at it all!

Oscar is gaining weight again! I love that pleco. :3

My tanks are much more stable now that I have things split up between several tanks and took in a few dozen kids a couple weeks ago. No problems, haven't had to clean more than normal....I have about six pretty male guppies to take in today(well, they were pretty until they bit each others tails...hopefully they will still sell ok, little brats. MEN!), two gourami's to go, and a few mollies. I may actually sell off most of my fish aexcept my two female mollies(the marble and gold dust), a pair of the oddball gold dusts I have who are still young, and some of the silver ones(not white, actually real silver color) with spots, and a few platies and my four swordtails. Oh, and of course I'm not parting with Oscar! lol It depends how much room they have.
Must lessen stock even more! It's stable now, though a tad too full still...but I'm working on it! lol Now watch, I'll get down to like 6-8 of the smaller type mollies, 5 platies and 5 swordtails(all of them but the two mollies and big red male swordtail and his solar flare girl are still practically fry), and next month I'll be back to three hundred. lol Heh, well, this is just the big tank, the kids in the nursery are still growing, but I'll have some room for them to do just that. I intend to lessen their numbers as well. I love taking in fry now after they're a few weeks old or more....people will actually go in and adopt them VERY quickly...usually. =) Depends what they are, Swordtails and the different types of mollies go pretty fast especially.


Ah, I think me and the three-spot gourami's are ill-matched. I'm gong to invest in another dwarf gourami....I just need to find the right one for me is all.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:21 AM   #507
 
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Just catching up here . . . haha, ALWAYS so much going on over there - some good some not-so-good. :/
I want to see Mr.Oscar! You should take a pic for us if you can! Glad to hear he's doing so well now!
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:36 PM   #508
 
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Boy am I tired. I quit smoking about a week ago and have been nothing but energy since day 2-3 or so.

I went to do a routine clean on one of my nursery nets...and ended up re-doing the entire 20 gallon nursery and the other ten gallon, the five gallon and tampered with the newer ten gallon.

So, my twenty gallon is now an overly planted platy tank with a little bubbler...still have a couple babies in there though(I did that on purpose, left about eight muppies or so in there since I only moved eight juvenile platies over there! I moved every single other baby out to the net in the big tank so I can nab them easier when we go to the shop, a few are ready or almost ready to go and I didn't want to release them again, they're in my huge home-made net, I left some go in the big tank). The muppies will likely go elsewhere when they're full grown, and two or three of the platies will as well once big enough.

The five gallon betta tank has a couple more plants, didn't do anything huge.

The old ten gallon is now a QT tank, looks barren without plants so I left a couple of the hardier small ones. x.x I have a molly, 4 young male guppies and one very small platy in there(no idea what's up with the platy, it was being super clenchy, looking better after a bit of salt), the molly is being kinda slow, I think she's about to give birth...and the guppies had a small amount of fin-rot from damaged tails. I'm hoping to get them fixed up before I sell them. Little brats. lol They're so pretty though, they turned out mostly being turquise tuxedos, one has a bit of red on its tail and one has a bit of green on its tail though(I have about a dozen males ready to go, just need to fix up those tails, they chew each other up regardless of no females being around!).

I basically just removed a few plants from the other ten gallon and re-arranged things so it looks better and moved out one of the guppies.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:13 PM   #509
 
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Ah, like clockwork, my gold dust molly is giving birth again. lol Heh, well, got the twenty cleared out and only with some young platies and two one month babies, and four-six two week or so babies...so I popped her over there to give birth. Caught three for the little net to be safe...she really does have some cute little babies. Got one usual black, white and gold one(I call them calicos), one that looks...pink. o-o Not sure on the third one, either black and silver-ish or black and pink, it's kinda an odd color.


Well anyways, I'm quite proud of how that tank looks. I think I'll keep it as a platy tank...and I suppose a temporary nursery still with all those plants and hiding places, it's perfect until I can catch and move them to their own place or the big tank. Also makes it easier for me to keep an eye on specific babies.


Well, my larger cleaning is done for the week, and I'm happy with how all but the QT tank looks at the moment...I'm still tired. x.x What a random urge to have and then do on a whim. lol At least I got all the older kids out FINALLY, and the smaller ones to a place that's easier to manage them...

Ok, off to prepare some lunch...for the fish and for me. :3 It was cucumber, hikari first bites(for the babies WITH some cucumber later), and algae yesterday....onto some brine shrimp(baby brine shrimp for the kids) for today! And obviously some greens...my fish have discovered cucumber is delicious, some of my adults don't like it much, but my babies are growing up on a variety of foods so they're all getting used to the good stuff quick and aren't a pain to feed. I can give them all kinds of healthy greens I can't often feed adults I didn't raise. :3
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:22 PM   #510
 
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you need to post some new pics up, Sylver! I can't keep track of all your tanks and all those babies!!! Glad to hear things are going well!
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