Freshwater aquarium fish Livebearers

Livebearers: Freshwater Species Profile

Livebearers: Freshwater Species Profile
Livebearers are very hardy, considered to be good fish for beginners, and are usually very popular aquarium residents. They can be a lot of fun and many experienced aquarists continue to delight in keeping them. There are many varieties readily available in many different colors.

What is a
livebearing
fish?
A. Livebearers are fish that do not lay eggs. Instead, the females retain the developing young inside their bodies, usually around 20-21 days, and give birth to live babies capable of looking after themselves. Livebearers are known for being especially prolific breeders.

Soon after getting a male and a female livebearer, you will have a aquarium full of small, free-swimming fry. If you have larger fish in the aquarium with them, most of these small fry will be eaten, even by the parents. Just like in nature, this is an excellent, free food source for your community aquarium.

To successfully raise the young fish you will need a separate aquarium or a breeding trap placed in the main aquarium. The adult female should be removed once she releases the babies.

Please be responsible with your fish and keep the males and females separated or only get one gender. Otherwise, be prepared to deal with the large numbers of fish that will be coming your way!

QUICK STATS
Minimum Tank Size: 20-30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Max. Size: 3"-5"
Color: Assorted colors
Diet: Omnivore

The molly is a tropical fish that prefers a little salt in their water. A teaspoon of aquarium salt per 5 gallons of water will go a long way in helping them stay healthy. This is a very attractive tropical fish that comes in many colors such as orange, green and black. Some of the more popular varieties include the Sail Fin and the Dalmatian. Mollies will eat flakes, frozen, freeze-dried and live foods.

10 gallons
Easy
1.5"-2.5"

TROPICAL FISH HOBBYIST - April 2011 (Volume LIX, Number 8) #661
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Chloramine in SF water and aquariums?

by CrazyPets

How do I get chloramines out of tap water to make it safe for my freshwater fish?
I was just told that SF switched to chloramine in its drinking water a couple of months ago. I have always treated my aquarium water for chlorine before adding it, but I'm told chloramine is highly toxic to fish and harder to get rid of than chlorine. I presume that regular chlorine treatments don't eliminate it.
Does this explain all the deaths I had in my aquarium in June & July? I haven't changed the flora/fauna of my tank since February. Then, within a few days of each water change, I had several dead fish and more sickly-looking ones

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