Animal Stories - Fancy Guppies

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Fancy Guppies are the best known and most popular aquarium fish--and no two look the same!
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Anonymous - 2013-08-02
This is gonna sound kinda funny but my guppy is fat. It's a male so not prego for sure but I have another and it is waaaay slimmer than this one. They are both the same size in length but the others girth is far larger. And they eat the same amount whenever I am there. This isn't a new occurrence, it has always been like this and it seems healthy but it is almost annoying at this point. Does anyone else have an overweight guppy that can't shed the pounds?

lindsey - 2013-05-27
not really a story but question. please help my guppy has been behaving vey strange lately. it seems he is getting tired, one minute he swimming around and the next he is resting at the bottom of the tank, I mean like laying there. he is stilling sitting straight and using his fins but he is literally touching the gravel. please help me

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-28
    Without knowing the tank size, type of filtration, how long the tank's  been set up, and the tankmates, its difficult to know what's happening. The usual reason for fish to have problems is water quality, followed by tankmate aggression. If you've determined there are not problems with tankmates, then the first thing to do is see if the filtration is working properly. Then check for ammonia with a test kit to determine if there are problems with the water quality.  A partial water change is usually needed.
kye turnbull - 2013-05-15
I love guppies, I bred my own quadruple sword tale half black dwarf, with a few spots of red!

Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
I saw some awesome fancy male guppies yesterday. They are so colorful, I want to buy some, but I have a pretty established tank with Giant Danios. They are fast swimmers and I know they can be pretty aggressive, so not sure I want to risk these beautiful little fish in there, but they sure are pretty!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-12
    You can always set up another tank.....just thought I'd mention that
Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-19
Do guppies eat algae??

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-19
    No, not usually. They will eat just about anything (flake, pellets) else you offer them though.
  • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-20
    aah. ok. Is it ok to have janitor algae fish with guppies and baby guppies?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-20
    They will nibble at algae.  If you algae eater is small and well fed it shouldn't be an issue with the babies.  Snails do a good job on algae in a guppy tank.
  • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-27
    Aah. Can you tell me what kind of snail? Actually, i really don't know about snails?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-27
    Just about any snail will do.  Be careful with ramhorns, they will infest your tank.
  • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-28
    ok. Aside from snails, does algae eater shrimps are compatible with guppies?
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
    mine eat any algae they see but not all do
Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-02-07
How to put salt in guppy aquarium??

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  • Clarissa - 2013-03-16
    You can buy salt at most petstores , Walmart too. Once you get it there are instructions on the back. A good brand is API.
ananya roy - 2013-01-11
please tell me,which species of fishes are compatible with guppies? soon i am getting a 50 gallon tank, and i am planning to keep small fishes which are compatible with guppies. thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    There are all sorts of small fish that are peaceful with guppies including other live bearers, tetras (characins), danios and rasboras (cyprinids), and even some of the small cat fish like coryadoras. The most important things are that they are small enough that they can't fit the guppy in their mouth and they are peaceful fish.
  • Irina - 2013-03-04
    Platys, mollys, neons, stay away from anything big that will nip their tails. All exept the neons are live berears so expect babies. I know, I have 4 tanks and 1 for babies so they are not eaten. Was this answer helpful?
Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-30
My guppies have Ich!!! what will I do? should i feed them?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-30
    You can raise temp a couple degrees and add some aquarium salt to about 1.002 salinity.   Can also dip the fish in a higher concentrate for 30 seconds.   Do weekly 25% water changes till gone.  I would then add some ick guard to the tank.  Other option is getting medications.  Continue feeding just make sure not to overfeed.
ananya roy - 2013-01-22
Hi, I recently received 24 guppies from a friend. They are in a 50 gallon tank. They are quite peaceful.but now I am seeing that little groups of smaller guppies are often chasing a bigger single guppy. There are about 10 bigger guppies which are being chased by the smaller ones. They simply chase the bigger one around for some time and then let it go. There are no other signs of aggression like nipping fins or fighting with each other. Are they just playing? Is there anything to worry about? I cannot identify the males or females, because they are way too small and always moving about, so I could not see their gonopodiums. Also how long do guppies live?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-22
    They may be just playing. You could add some floating plants to provide places for them to hide. I wouldn't worry too much unless you actually see wounds showing up and ripped and shredded fins. Then you might want to separate the ones who seem to be getting bullied. Guppies don't have that long of lifespans - maybe 2 or 3 years if well cared for.
Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-02-08
My female guppy has a very very BIG stomach!! But there is no sign of PREGNANCY and DROPSY.. any reply please?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-08
    Sounds like dropsy but it could also be constipation. If you can get him to eat peas, it may relieve constipation.