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Old 11-10-2007, 10:32 AM   #11
 
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Alright well the baby fish are gone. I didn't realize I had a fungal problem :S But now that you have said that it does make sense. Thanks for the advice. I've already added some salt just just this morning before I got on my computer. So I'll do a water change later tonight and go to the fish store and pick that stuff up. I'm not really trying to breed them, I'm pretty sure the babies came from like the original fish I had way before I even got a male (they were prego when I got them) The males tail looks like... shorter so I'm assuming that is due to the fungal problem. All my fish look healthier now, well not the male but yeah whatever. I'm sure they will pull through at this point. Sword tails get 5 inches? I didn't know they got over like an inch an a half. Haha I'm thinking I'm terrible at fishes. Do you have any suggestions on how to better stock a ten gallon? I thought I did good this time but I guess I didn't. Thank you!
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:19 PM   #12
 
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The 2nd problem I noticed was an obvious issue with a fungal infection that hasn't been treated yet.
Oh my god the whole sword on my fishes tail is gone :S is that whatever this fungus is? Ugh I feel so bad right now... Like the whole sword is just gone... theres nothing left.... Should I kill the fish? Or put the meds in and hope it works. Will the tail fix itself if the fish survives? Ah... These fish are killing me... Well I guess I'm killing the fish but yeah, I feel super bad about this and I think I waited to long but I have no money whatsoever until tomorrow. I need some serious help :S
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:21 PM   #13
 
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Sword tails get 5 inches? I didn't know they got over like an inch an a half. Haha I'm thinking I'm terrible at fishes. Do you have any suggestions on how to better stock a ten gallon? I thought I did good this time but I guess I didn't. Thank you!
The only fish I'd stock in a ten gallons are sparkling gouramis, Hyphessobrycon amandae, Boraras species, Sawbwa resplendens, small species of corydoras, otos and honey gouramis. Pick your choice.

Swordtails grow much more than 5 inches if given the best proper conditions possible. My friend showed me his prized 8-inches female swordtail seven years ago and it was 7-8 years old already.
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:02 PM   #14
 
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The 2nd problem I noticed was an obvious issue with a fungal infection that hasn't been treated yet.
Oh my god the whole sword on my fishes tail is gone :S is that whatever this fungus is? Ugh I feel so bad right now... Like the whole sword is just gone... theres nothing left.... Should I kill the fish? Or put the meds in and hope it works. Will the tail fix itself if the fish survives? Ah... These fish are killing me... Well I guess I'm killing the fish but yeah, I feel super bad about this and I think I waited to long but I have no money whatsoever until tomorrow. I need some serious help :S
Please don't kill the fish, there is no need for that. Most fish have amazing healing abilities if the conditions are right. If the fish are treated with the meds, and then moved to a larger tank, well fed and kept clean... there is no reason why the sword on the tail won't grow back completely. Follow the directions on the meds carefully, and if you can't get them til tomorrow, then so be it, get them tomorrow and start treatment.

As for the future, as I said before, you'll either need to bring your population way down in the 10 gallon or move to a larger tank. Lupin's post about the 8 inch swordtail is possible... but it's also pretty rare. The average swordtail kept in captivity is about 5 inches at full grown.
It's for this reason over any other that everyone should do research before bringing home any fish. Knowing what they turn into is so very important, as well as knowing how they breed, what they eat, what kind of environment they need, etc etc. If you need help in the future with finding accurate info about a species of fish you've found that you like, feel free to post about it here at ff. There are a lot of knowledgable and experienced people here who are always glad to help ID a fish or provide info about it. If you're unsure what something is, bring us a picture and we'll help you to find out.
If you need more help with the swordtails, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:46 PM   #15
 
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Alright thank you! I'm really glad that his tail will grow back, I wouldn't be able to kill him even if I had to. I'd probably make my dad do it because I would have cried and he would have made fun of me. Thank you so much for your posts, I'm going out first thing in the morning to get the meds. So I suppose I must give up the swords... Or not, I'm supposed to be getting like a wayyyy bigger tank I wanted bigger fish for it but I love my little fishies and I'll probably just get a 50 gallon or something and make a huge tank with lots of little fish.

Would the swords be ok in the 10 gallon for like a couple months at the most, keeping excellent water conditions? Because I won't be getting a tank for about a month, and I'm going to let it cycle for a while just because... Yeah I already made that mistake once.

I looked at the sparkling gouramis and I'm in love, they are so freaking cute!!! I saw the picture and I felt the need to have one. Thanks again, all your knowledge is truly appreciated. I'll be online tomorrow shopping for a new tank, so once I've decided on the size does anyone want to help me stock it? Clearly I cannot be trusted on my own ^_^[/i]
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:53 PM   #16
 
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Would the swords be ok in the 10 gallon for like a couple months at the most, keeping excellent water conditions? Because I won't be getting a tank for about a month, and I'm going to let it cycle for a while just because... Yeah I already made that mistake once.

That's a touchy situation, as they grow so fast and can be a bit aggressive if they're feeling crowded. Good water quality is important, but there is territory and aggression and such to think about... which could lead you into trouble. That's still quite a bit of fish in such a small tank. Even daily water changes may prove difficult in keeping the water quality stable, especially if more fry show up, which is highly likely if you have male/female both in the tank.

I looked at the sparkling gouramis and I'm in love, they are so freaking cute!!! I saw the picture and I felt the need to have one. Thanks again, all your knowledge is truly appreciated. I'll be online tomorrow shopping for a new tank, so once I've decided on the size does anyone want to help me stock it? Clearly I cannot be trusted on my own ^_^[/i]
Be careful with the sparkling gourami... they are cute, and a smaller fish, but have a very evil temperment, especially as they mature. Sparkling gouramis will hunt down and eat/kill anything smaller or weaker than themselves. They're one of the fishes who prove the statement that looks can be deceiving. They are also very territorial.
If you need help stocking a new tank, let us know, we'll help all we can.
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