Ideas for hardy livebearers

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It's obvious that guppies aren't hardy.. and with all the deaths I'm going to stick with other fish.

I have two swordtails... one female one male.. two Dalmatian Molly one male one female... one golden sailfin Molly and 6 of her 3 week old fry.

The pairs don't seem to breed for me.

Looking for options for hardy easy to breed livebearers. Why won't the ones I have mate?
 
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Are they big fish? I have to limit fish to medium to small. I have a 38 gallon hex.
 
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I just googled them... looks like colourless guppies. I'm looking for fish with colours which is what I loved about guppies. They have such variety of colours.

I appreciate the suggestion tho!
 

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there are some nice colored ones ive seen orange and a dalmatian colored ones they even have Gambusia guppy hybrids
 

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The platies are livebearers and they come in a variety of colors. I'm surprised your mollies and swordtails. Mine are like little rabbits and if it wasn't for the parrot fish, I would be overwhelmed. I am always looking for homes for the ones lucky enough to survive.
 

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If you want some cool colored live bearers I would suggest platies. They have quite a variety, like the panda, bumblebee, red wags, blue wags, etc.
 
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I'll consider those... I have to wait a bit until I get the meds out of my tank by running a carbon filter to remove what I've added.

Thanks
 

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guppygrl said:
The pairs don't seem to breed for me.

Looking for options for hardy easy to breed livebearers. Why won't the ones I have mate?
Have you tried dimming the lights and placing a speaker next to the tank with something smooth?
 

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If you're looking to breed livebearers, you want 2-3 females per male. Not pairs.

Endlers are great. Fun fish to have. If you can find a breeder, buy guppies there. Pet stores don't always have the best quality.

If you can get anything that has wild blood, you'll also get something much stronger.
 
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What about Barry Manilow? Lol. Haven't tried it yet. Lol
The last four guppies came from a local breeder so they were great quality.

I'll look into the endlers... might have better luck with them.

How long will it take to get meds out of a tank? Not sure how long I need to wait before replacing the fish?
 
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Maybe adding a couple more Dalmatian molly's and swordtails.
 
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Silly question... what's the difference between guppies and endlers?
 

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Endlers are from one location in Venezuela. They are smaller, more active and pretty much just cooler Guppies are Poecilia reticulata where as Endlers are Poecilia wengei.

What do you want to know?
 
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So they look like guppies but they came from a different location. Wondering if I'd have luck with them. Hmmmmm.
 

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They don't really look that much like guppies. At least, nothing like fancy guppies. Here are pictures of some of mine
 

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nope, guppies pale in comparison to Endlers. they're like chips. you can't just have one (trio)! endlers are addicting because they're so pretty and cute and easy to keep. I'll post a video of my newest black bar endlers, brightest, most vibrant colors I've seen in any endlers. got lucky and found 'em mixed in with a MILLION neon tetras at one of my LFS. even the workers were surprised that I spotted them!
 
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No fish store around here have true endlers. It's too bad. I may have to take a road trip after Christmas.
 

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depending upon where you're at in ontario, detroit may not be that far for you. there's a LFS in Eastpointe called Stingray Bay that has Black Bar Endlers at the moment. I can't wait to show them off in a video! they're soooo vibrant and healthy! I noticed petsmart started carrying them, too, but they're not as awesome looking as the ones at stingray bay.
 
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I don't Have a passport so I can't go that far. I read about people ordering fish from the USA and it seems complicated for customs so perhaps there are some in a city within an hour of where I am. Thanks for the idea tho!
 
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I found my two swordtails actively mating tonight. Maybe the guppy fry gave them ideas. Lol. We'll see if there are any swordtail fry in a month. Just need the Molly to do the same.
 

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