07-21-2010, 11:02 AM
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It takes awhile for them to reach adult size. It depends on the tanks you keep them in and the food and aquarium temperture. They grow faster in warmer temps. and bigger tanks that are not overcrowed and if they are fed a varitey for food 2 to 3 times a day.
If you want livebearers that both have color try getting Platies they come in a wide range of colors.The male and females are both colored. Same goes for swordtails but the platy and the swordtals can interbreed with each other and you have to have a bigger tank for a swordtail or molly. Mollies are nice but some get really big in size and require a big tank.
I like endlers for small tanks but you have the problem with the females being plain looking and you have to have more females them males unless you keep all males like I do in my desktop 2.5 gal. tank. You can always get a platy and just get a pregnate one as your can have babies from that one over 6 months or more without a male. I keep my females in a 10 gal. when they are ready to give birth and they are really big so the males do not bother them. I then put it back in my main tank afterwards. It's also good if you have the space to have all the females in their own tank and the males seperate. Just put a pair together in a breeding net for a couple of days if it is not already pregnate. I was lucky as my Bumblebee platy females do not eat their young. I have tiny fry swimming all aroung them with out a problem.
Just to let you know Petco will give you any baby fry you see in the tanks for Free. They can not sale them and if you ask they will give them to you. I think Petsmart is the same about the baby fry in the tanks as someone on this forum had a thread about the many free fish including ghost shrimp babies she was able to get.
Last edited by eileen; 07-21-2010 at 11:05 AM..