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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Hisham - 2012-07-08
I had more than 12 female guppies and 4 males but suddenly all females started dying and were all dead within 2 days. Male Guppies and the other fishes in the tank were not affected. Can anyone explain that, please?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-08
    That really doesn't make a lot of sense unless the males are overly harrassing the females.  But you have the proper ratio.
john - 2011-11-14
I'm just gonna put it plain & simple. Can I breed mosquito fish with guppies and then breed the fry with new guppies to make them more colorful?

Extra question (only answer this if you want to): is the senegal bichir on this website because I can't find it. if it isn't can someone please put it on this website.

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  • Tanya Altice - 2012-02-20
    I dont know personally about the mos and guppy mix but as my mother in law has had several live breeder tanks from what she has told me most live breeders will inter mingle! She created fancy swordtail mollies! She had fancy guppys and swordtails and mollies. Just try putting them together and keep mixing and matching till you get what you want!
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  • Nita - 2012-07-24
    NO! Do not breed those horrid feeder guppies with fancy guppies. 1. The fancy female will hold the feeder guppies sperm for months. 2. The other fancy guppies will kill the fancy female who has the gutter fish offspring when she births. 3. the gutter (feeder) fry will grow up and attack the fancy guppies fins. 4. No, I did not inter breed the feeder and fancy guppies. I thought I bought pure breed females, but two were impregnant with feeder sperm. Boy was I mad when I found out a few months later about this.
myron - 2011-10-16
Hi, my male guppy does not want to mate with the females.. what is wrong with him? Anyone please help:-)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-09
    Do you have multple females?  Sometimes its the tank condition.  Check all the levels and temps?
Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-06-07
I have a large critter cage and I am interested in breeding guppies to feed to my gar and garter snake just because it gets annoying going to the petstore and getting sick/disease ridden feeder fish so how should I try to setup the tank and please be as detailed as possible

Rodney Crawford - 2012-05-14
About the comment a viewer made that his guppies atacked his goldfish.Maybe you have 'Gambusia' instead of 'poecilia'. I seen the mosquito fish (gambusia) for sale as fancy guppies.The Mosquito fish is a very agressive little fish.

Bihan - 2012-05-03
My guppys attack a goldfish... they are peaceful.. ?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-03
    They are normally peaceful unless stressed. They will nip fins at times.
Rev. Lucas - 2012-03-21
I have 3 guppies, and 2 Mollys, neon glow fish and a starburst fish in a 10 gallon tank. They all get alone well! My guppies just had frys which was very exciting. My wife and I were not prepared for this, but we were able to catch 9-10 of them and place them in a betta type round bowl. Question, how long can they stay in there, and I'm using tropical fish food that I break up very fine; is this ok?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-21
    Get an airstone and a little pump and they will do fine. Tropical fish food is fine. Be prepared to have a ton of guppies!
  • Rev. Lucas - 2012-03-28
    I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a 10 gallon tank, and placed the frys in it with air bubbles and no filter. I was to afraid that the filter would suck the frys in it. As of Monday they are a week old, and all 7 are doing well. Maybe this weekend I'll put a live plant in it that will grow.
  • Rev. Lucas - 2012-03-21
    Thanks for the information. What size stone should I get when the tank is less than a 5 gallon. It's just a simple bowl, that's used for a betta fish?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-21
    A small one will do fine. You do not need much.
  • James - 2012-03-23
    My tank is set up the same but with 2 algea eaters and 2 african dwarf frogs. As for the breeding of the guppies, only separate the females if you are planning to keep as many of the fry as possible. If not, then get a bottom feeder or dwarf frog who will eat some of the fry and keep your population down.

    Just remember to be careful with how you breed them because they will start nipping at each other if there are too many fish for the tank you have.
  • Rev.Lucas - 2012-04-07
    As of now my frys are 3 weeks old, and doing well. At this point all seven frys are in a 10 gallon tank with nothing in it but an air stone. I think they are big enough now for a filter, and some decorations. I'm thinking about an underground filter with sand, plants, and a albino cora catfish rather than a plecostomus for cleaning the tank.

    Questions and or concerns:

    Which filtration system is better, top or bottom?
    Which is easier for maintenance sand v/s rocks?
    Which is better for decorations live plants v/s artificial plants?

    Any information and or comments are welcomed. Thanks in advance for all your suggestions. All items will be purchased at Petsmart!

    Amazed By His Grace,

    Rev. Larry Lucas

  • Angie - 2012-04-11
    I also started with 2 female and a male, I now( 6 months later) have probably 30 or so. I have never taken the fry out or done anything special to keep them from getting eaten. I have a 100 gallon tank with rocks,a few larger decorations and threw in some plastic plants to float on top for them hide in. I have a red tailed shark, 2 bala sharks, 2 striped ralphels, 4 neon tetras in with them. I also have a canister filter with the intake about 6 inches off the bottom and haven't had any issues with them being sucked in.
    I cant remember the website but i googled breeding guppies and alot of tips popped up. good luck
Sarah - 2012-01-11
I have several guppies,and I'm not sure what to do

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  • Sara - 2012-01-11
    NEVER put them with betta or siamese fighting fish. That can be trouble. They like to nip at the fins. They are peaceful otherwise. They form loose schools
  • Angie - 2012-03-09
    I have had my guppies with my beta for 6 months now and never had a problem. It may be that i have a 110 gallon tank but the beta is doing just fine. My only problem with the guppies is i am getting over run. Started with 3 6 months ago and now have over 30,and now thw babies are having babies.
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-14
    Also don't put them in the tank with angelfish
  • James - 2012-03-23
    get a bottom feeder or dwarf frog that will eat the fry for you. That will help control the population. Other than that, you just need to start giving some away because they dont die easy.
Chris - 2010-09-25
I don't know if my females are giving birth. I have fry in my tank, but I don't know if they are older fry or newborn fry. Is there any way I can tell the difference? Also, how many babies can a guppy have in one batch?

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  • john - 2011-11-30
    In one batch a guppy can have 2-200 fry and for telling the difference between fry age it is mostly size and color.
Chris - 2010-11-23
I have a 20 gallon tank with guppies, silver hatchetfish, golden mickey mouse fish, a plecostomus, and an albino cory catfish. It is interesting to see them interact in the tank.

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  • john - 2011-11-30
    Good for you but keep an eye on the pleco and the hatchet fish because pleco get big and hatchet fish can jump out of the tank.