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Sherryl Blowfield - 2015-12-14
I have 2 yoyo loaches had them a few months now , a few days ago they both went a very pale colour and lyes upside down !! Are they ok?

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  • paul H - 2018-06-02
    when yoyo loaches get excited they do seem to go a lot paler, at times most of there colour goes,and as for lying upside down , they will sleep or rest on there sides or upside down so nothing to worry about
  • paul H - 2018-06-02
    there is nothing to worry about, yoyo loaches lose colour when excited and they sleep and rest on there sides or upside down
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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.
  • paul H - 2018-06-02
    if you have plenty of hiding places for the babies and if your fish are regularly fed they should survive,i have had no problem keeping them in the same tank as the mothers,if you have plenty of hiding places i would just about guarentee there will be quite a few more than the two you can see
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william - 2012-05-21
i have a 55 gal tank how meny fancy guppes can I have in it? It's an all guppy tank

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-22
    Really depends on how much decor. 30 or so should be fine. But remember these fish breed often and a lot! So be prepared for the population to grow.
  • paul H - 2018-06-02
    start of with 3 females and 1 male adult guppy, leave it a few months then when they start to breed you will end up with hundreds as they are worse than rabbits for breeding, i have new babies nearly every month or so
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-09
My guppies won't stop breeding, soon the tank will be completely filled with guppies! I mean the babies are beautiful but 1000000000 guppies is not!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-09
    I bet your local fish store would take any extra Guppies you have.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
    the prob is they are all midgets, the males only grow to a centimeter and they got sick after taking a 10 minute drive (i live on the mountain about 45 minutes away from any pet shops).
  • paul H - 2018-06-02
    YES, they are worse than rabbits for breeding as i found out myself , new babies every month ,sometimes the females will eat the babies if not fed that often,or you can just leave them to grow a little , say a month then take nthem when you get chance to your nearest pet shop
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Connor - 2014-11-23
I have three male guppies in my tank and they are lovely beautiful fish. They don't bother any other fish in my tank and can someone tell me why one of my guppies goes to the bottom of the tank every night to sleep and when he wakes up he doesn't look good and then after eats fine and swims perfectly like they should. But they are lovely fish to keep so I recommend you get some.

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  • Carl - 2016-02-25
    Likely answers are internal parasite age of the fish guppies do not live for many years genetic weakness good luck buy a few females
  • paul H - 2018-06-02
    all my guppies and the other fish i have in the tank go to the bottom to sleep and chill out, they are always fine in the morning coming up to the top of thetank as soon as i lift the lid to feed them, so i don't think there is anything to worry about
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Brett Mason - 2011-07-08
Can you keep both sexes together and if so should you have the same amount of each sex to stop anxiety.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    Yes, you can keep both the males and females in the same tank. You can easily tell the sex of the fancy guppie and I would think it would be nice to have an eaual number of each.
  • Gen - 2011-09-03
    Your males should out number your females 2 to 1
  • mike v - 2011-09-06
    You can keep males and females in the same tank. they should be 2 females to 1 male so the male does not pester the nerves out of female. The only problem (for non breeders) with combining the sexes with guppies is you will have babies. Guppies are live bearers and multiply often. If you don't want babies you should only keep one sex.
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
    You can keep them together, just be ready for lots of babies. Not sure on the balance, but in general having more female fish tends to spread a males attention around so any one female doesn't get overstressed.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
    have either the same amount of each sex or more females
  • paul H - 2018-06-02
    if you want hundreds of baby guppies yes, if not limit the amount of males, i have 1 male and 3 females and they are worse than rabbits for breeding
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M Gaude - 2018-04-15
Have about 25-30 Guppy's in my 250 gallon aquarium and they breed a lot, i don't separate the mother as i like nature to take its cause other wise i will end up with hundreds of baby's, i have about 10 new babies at the moment but wandered how many does a mother have at one time please

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paul H - 2018-06-02
I have 2 yoyo loaches, both were the same size when bought, now about 2 months later one hasn't grown much where as the other is about 4 times bigger, why is this

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curtis - 2014-07-21
Hello, I purchased a red tail catfish that is very small at the moment (1 inch). When I put him inside my 120 gallon tank he immediately swam to a corner and tried to bury himself in the gravel. Is this normal? I also have 5 bala sharks, 3 clown loaches and a african catfish. I put him in a breeding container for now so he can actually get food. He doesn't move to much but occasionally swims frantically like he's trying to escape. The water quality is good and there is plenty decorations and hiding places but he kept trying to bury himself forcing me to place him in the breeding container within the tank. I do plan on upgrading tanks as he gets bigger and willing to build a pond.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I'm guessing he's getting acclimated. Your pond idea sounds great. I've used indoor ponds for large freshwater fish (as well as large marine fish) with great success. I currently only have an outdoor pond (1300 gallons) for my koi and Red-eared Sliders however, but it is working great too. So good luck to you and keep us posted!
  • Anonymous - 2018-06-01
    Look mine went from 1 inch to 16” in 4 months - he swam up a rock in one spot - It’s normal once he gets some size he or she will act diff
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brian - 2011-01-22
Hi I have a red tail cat fish and it won't stop swimming up on the glass rapidly swimming back and forth I don't know what to do he in like in a 56 tank it is a new one just got him in it but he was doing the same in the old one just started doing so I got a new tank 56 and he still is doing it what do I do? Is it the hp of the tank what do I do he barely ever stops swimming on the back on the glass looking like he wont's out of the tank lol ? plez help me

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    It sounds like it may be flukes. One of the characteristics of this disease is unusual racing around the tank. See this link: Flukes disease
  • Chris - 2011-05-27
    I have a 14 inch and he swims up and down during feeding time....but my retail shovelnose is smaller and I do notice him doing what you describe...but what worked for me is throwing in some dry baby shrimp and he eats and calms down....but it should be okay these fish are sometimes playful
  • amanda - 2011-11-12
    This is exactly what my lungfish was doing before he died. Sounds like its cotton wool disease. It effects them from the inside out. But not to worry! My etc was in the same tank and he was able to recover from it with the help of medication I bought at the pet store. I used maricyn 1 and 2. Try to get the liquid form it works better than the powder. He will likely lose his appetite for a week or 2. Just give him feeder gold fish he should eat them. Make sure you take everything out of the tank and clean it really well. Best of luck to you and your fish!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-19
    Any other symptoms?
  • Hank - 2014-10-12
    mine did the same thing, i was told by an exotic fish dealer. This is them searching for food they have a voracious appetite. once its lil belly gets filled he'll calm down.
  • Anonymous - 2018-06-01
    That’s what they do - There is nada wrong with him - Once he is big enough he will act diff
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