Animal Stories - Fancy Guppies

Animal-World Information about: Fancy Guppies

Fancy Guppies are the best known and most popular aquarium fish--and no two look the same!
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fishtanker - 2008-07-15
Hey, a good way to get a CHEAP tank is to make it yourself. There's always a company or neighbor who can cut glass and a fish store near by or online that sells aquarium epoxy. I have seen 150 gallon tanks made this way for a couple bucks. The most expensive thing is gonna be the glass and still that's not to bad. The only difference is there's no frame around the top and bottom edges, I highly recommend taping them to avoid leaks or chipped glass falling into your tank. (plexy glass works even better but is hard to find any more ezpensive)

Baby-Dove - 2008-06-24
Hi! I have just moved from Georgia to Texas and left my 10, 20, and 55 gallon behind with my boyFriend. I have a little 5g hex already here in TX. Right across the street is a big pond full of large and small mouth bass, green and blue catfish, perch and GUPPIES! I was catching feeder fish for a while and when I put them all in the 5g hex I noticed there were wild guppies living in that lake! They have little to no color exept black tip fins. But as soon as I put them in the tank with regular fishtank water they started to die! I then put the pond water in the tank and other than cloudyness the fish are living and the tank is fine. Also a few days after everything settled in all the fat females started poping out babies! I have a small goldfish bowl filled with babies and I don't want to get rid of any of them! I just dont trust mailing my 10g, 20g or 55g. So I wonder if anyone knows a good idea on how to solve the over population, or a safe way to get my tanks here. I don't have enough money to spend on another tank right now! And I'm not planning on staying here for too long, but I don't like over pop or letting the babies free. I got rid of all the parents exept for big moma (the biggest female) and big daddy (biggest male). It doesn't look pretty but I just can't bring myself to let them go until they are big enough to fend for themselves!

Brett Moulton - 2008-06-02
I have had guppies for about 3 months now. I have 15 adult guppies. 5 male and 10 female. I also have about 60-75 babies. I bought all of my females big so I knew they would have more babies. I have read a lot of books and reseach about all types of fish, and guppys are the best ones to start off with. You can train them like a dog. I will own my own fish store one of these days, I'm going to call it Fish World. The best thing for guppies is a good size tank about 10-30 gallons, some plants for them to eat, and they love to eat alage tablets. I feed them some flake food first thing when I wake up, then noon time one algae tablet, and then some more flake food before I go to bed. I had one molly which I thought was a male until I got 3 babies, which are females. The best way to find out jender with babies is to check where the stomach is. My baby fish have more females than males. If you want some colorful fish buy two or three colorful males and 5 females. Then within a month you should have a few babies depending on the females size and health. A good way to clean your tank is to put some snails in, or shrimp. Thank you all for your comments. I hope my information is useful to all you fish lovers like my self. If you want a lot of babies have lots of plants for cover so they don't get eaten.

Samantha Jakobson - 2008-06-01
I think guppies are so pretty! I started out with only 10 fish. All died but 2 or 3. Now I have about 50. They produce very very quickly so don't buy more them maybe 10. Even some of the young are pregnant.

Kris - 2007-12-30
I'm new to the guppy business. I bought 5 guppies over a month ago and four died so i got 4 more, and then three died. So now I have only two, one from the first batch and one from the second. The day after I got my guppies I had six babies in the tank so we caught them and put them in a rose bowl until we could get a breeding net. After we got the next four fish we had 15 babies in the breeder net and then 5 died. Then one of the fish had 20+ babies about a month after I got her so now I have 22+ babies and 2 adults. I have no adult males. The 2 feamles are due in three days and the other in three weeks. I have six 6 week old, four 4 week old, and 20+ 1 week old babies. If you buy female guppies from the pet store they are usually pregnant.

Kate - 2007-11-18
I have 2 male guppies. 1 yellow cobra and 1 red tuxedo. I am hoping to breed them in the future because they are so lovely. The males can nip each other, but it ends up fine. I recommend them.

Nicky Sanders - 2007-08-20
i just bought 6 guppies (3 males, 3 females) and 5 Danios and they are living in a 20 gallon tank. They seem to be getting along great. The funny thing is, one of my female guppies seems to think shes a danio. She chases them around all day and they chase her around too. She doesnt seem to pay any attention to her male companion so he's been trying to get with the other two females, even though they arent the same type. Another thing is that I have a tank that has a sort of mirror at the side and the males actually seem like they are admiring themselves in the mirror. I love it! They are very beautiful fish and i hope to get more if these ones live long. thanks for the wonderful site!

Josh Famigletti - 2007-07-13
i had about 10 guppies (3 male, 7 female) but now i have about 40. i dont have to separate the fry from the adults because i took 1 month training them not to eat their fry and now i came back from vacation and one of my new guppies gave birth for the first time, so there are 3 babies. i started up a 5 gallon and put my dominant female and male in it with the 3 new fry just to prove so many websites wrong, and the fry were actually chasing the big ones. It was hilarious.

Grace - 2007-07-08
Hi, I just bought 2 female guppies (I wanted to breed them with a male but my dad said no!). I might breed them, but odds are if the females and males aren't separated with a divider of some kind, they will have several litters-most litters being 20-60 fry. I do not reccomend having them together. What I plan on doing is putting a divider between the male and females, because if you do this, you can control when and whether or not they breed. This way you won't have an overcrowded tank. If you do however want to breed, never buy 1 female and 1 male or 2 males and 1 female! The female will get stressed out by the others chasing her, and eventually won't breed and will die. Try buying 2-3 females and one male for a starter. But be sure that when your female has it's babies, you remove the fry immediately!

guppy lover - 2007-07-06
I started breeding guppies about a year ago and so far i have three tanks, but one's not working right now and i need to get rid of some guppies. Some of my baby guppies are getting my adult guppy female pregnant! I cant solve my problem right now, because I don't have more than two people to give them away to.