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3 years ago#1
mollielovesmollies
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All about guppies

I need to learn all about guppies.


any help would be nice,

mollielovesmollies

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3 years ago#2
mollielovesmollies
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and what is the tempeture for there fry?

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3 years ago#3
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Guppies are fairly adaptable but will do better at temperatures between 75 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit and a neutral pH. A minimum size aquarium for guppies is about ten gallons, but a 20 gallon tank is better.

The aquarium will need a heater, filter, full hood, light and a working nitrogen cycle. If you intend to raise fry, add a large raft of bushy, floating plants. A fast growing plant like hornwort will provide a refuge for guppy fry while improving water quality.

Like most live bearing fish, the female guppy has a gestation period of about one month, and she can drop as many as three batches of fry after only one contact with a male. Guppies are very prolific, so start with only a few. For the 20 gallon tank, two males and four females are about right.

The really fancy guppies are very expensive and are the result of much inbreeding, selective breeding and intensive culling. Thus, many have genetic defects. You can eliminate much of this by introducing some genetic diversity. The fish will live longer and produce some interesting variations but will sell for much less than the show winners.

Cory cats are appropriate tankmates for guppies, as are mystery snails. I've also kept red wag platies with them. Be sure to keep up partial water changes and avoid over feeding or over crowding.

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3 years ago#4
mollielovesmollies
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What kind of food do you feed them is there a blog post that you could tell me about.

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3 years ago#5
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I usually feed the guppies Tetra Min Tropical Flakes in the morning and frozen brine shrimp most evenings. Most of the time the guppy fry get what the adults do. Frozen baby brine shrimp will help fry growth rate.

I'm not sure we have any blogs specifically about guppies, but you may want to try the SEARCH button at the upper right of the page. You can also browse the TOP ARTICLES list at the upper left of the page. The blogs have a little bit of everything.

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3 years ago#6
mollielovesmollies
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is there a best season to breed guppies and what kind of guppy is the best to breed?

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3 years ago#7
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Aquariums essentially have only one season, so any time is fine. You may want to look on aquabid.com to get an idea of what's available. When I restarted with guppies a couple years ago, I bought a fancy pair on Aquabid and had good luck up to a point. After several generations, the guppies started to have problems because of all the inbreeding. Mostly males were left, so I bought a couple of females from Petsmart.

The two females has good coloration, and none of the fish in the display tank appeared to be stressed. My aquarium is now full of very colorful guppies, and I need to move some of them to another tank.

Based on that experience, the lower priced guppies usually have more genetic diversity than the expensive ones and are thus easier to keep. If you want to compete in guppy shows, buy the $150.00 pair. If you just want some colorful, healthy guppies, go to the aquarium shop and see what looks good.

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3 years ago#8
mollielovesmollies
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okay well I only want to learn about them now.

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3 years ago#9
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how many guppies can fit in a 10 gal?

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3 years ago#10
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and how many fry do they have?

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3 years ago#11
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In a ten gallon aquarium, I would start with one male and two females. Depending on the age and health of the female, she can drop between 10 and 30 fry per batch. That's just an estimate, because I've never actually counted them. The fry are not always born in a few minutes.

The most important things are a nitrogen cycle, bushy floating plants and a bit of patience. If you immediately buy enough fish to fill the aquarium, you are risking more on your developing aquarium skills, and the aquarium will be over crowded when the fry are born.

Pregnant guppies often drop their fry prematurely because of moving stress, so consider using the drip acclimation method.

Believe me, it's fun watching three guppies in a ten gallon tank, especially when they're healthy and active. You'll learn by watching and will have an aquarium full in a short time. Besides, there is no harm in being considered an aquarium nut.

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3 years ago#12
mollielovesmollies
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lol ya thanks

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3 years ago#13
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theres a blog post called guppies by guppylover if you are still looking for blog post.

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3 years ago#14
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you can feed them flake food or frozen brine shrimp most evenings. or you can ask the pet store what type of food they can eat and they will show yo some.

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3 years ago#15
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Hi,

I have lots of varities of Guppies:

main clasification I have are as follows:

Fancy Guppes - these are the colorful guppies, the different colors are developed based on the special generation maintainance.

Wild Guppies - Belive me or not but these are my most fevorate ones. The have relatively less colors but I love them like any thing.I have a special tank for them...some times you ll appreciate wild guppies beauty more than a fancy guppies (some of the friends on this site may laugh at me .... but its like this for me....)

Endlers - These are also guppies but relatively smaller than fancy ones, also their colors are more like neon signs so they are also very beautiful... in my experience the endlers are sexually more active so i had kept them in the same tank previously but then all fries use do born only with endlers family so now i have separated them.....

In short guppies are beautiful fishes & most favourite of mine......

Feel free to ask more on them..............

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3 years ago#16
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Other points from my side:

- Avg life of a guppy fish is of around 2 to 3 years.

- Female breed through out her life almost (ofcourse if she is healthy).

- Females have less colors than males.

- Females are bigger than males.

- Females give birth on avg every 30 days after.

- 10 to 40 fries are born at a time.

- Many times guppies males/ females both eat the fries. But some times they ll not.So adding aquatic plants as suggested by John is best option.

- After 2 to 3 months after birth the males will start developing the colors on them & at that time only they ll become sexually active.

- They are very active & hardy fish.

- They can tolarate all silly mistakes of a beginer.

- They are livebearer means the fries are delivered directly & not the eggs.

- Guppies are not aggressively, so can be kept with most of the non aggressive fishes in the tank.

- Always keep 1 male to 2 females as a ratio as the males will always harass the females & will always after them for havingn sex.So the females get exhausted many times.So keeping more females will reduce the chance of the same female getting harassed & exhausted again & again.

- Feed them variety of foods so that they rermain healthy & will be more colorful. I feed one time in morning tropical flakes & in evening dried worms / any other food.

- Keep them on fast once a week or 15 days so that their bellies will be clear from the unwanted food particals.

- Do not stress them & keep the check on water parameters as mentioned on the many great documents on this site....


Hope this info is helpful.....

Have Happy Guppies

Amol

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3 years ago#17
Nippa1235
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can i feed my guppy fry dried worms?
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3 years ago#18
meetamol
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Yes you can but you need to crush them by hand so that their tiny mouth can have it.

Amol

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3 years ago#19
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wont they go SPLAT

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2 years ago#20
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I could go on and on. Lets start with the babies. Wheather you buy her pregnant in a store or home breed her, you know she will give birth very soon. At this point you can do 1 of 4 things. You can put her in a breeding net or threeway breeder. You can section off 1/3 of your tank and put her in there untill you get all the babies out. Make sure if there are any open spaces that you plug them.Or you can leave her in the tank, get a bunch of plants and put those all around the tank. with this way though I cannot guarantee that all of them will survive. Or you can put them in a ten gallon aquarium all by themselves. That will give them the best chance for survival, and they have more room, which means they will grow faster. Wheather they're mollies or guppies, if you put them in a third of the tank, or in a breeder, or in a tank by themselves, you can let them go into the main chamber of the tank on the first day of their sixth. by then they are large, fast, and hopefully smart enough to survive. The males mature sexually a few weeks before the females which can brred at three months, or 12 weeks old. If you wish to breed them, you need to have 2-3 females per male. More females will be born than males most likely. And interbreeding if very common but leads to genetic mutations or problems like the tail growing down instaead of strait, or the female dies right before or after giving birth. This is very common if you inbreed. So I recomend getting atleast 3 different males from a pet store, and breed the females to them. Or if you like the traits of your males, you can buy some females. Please do realize that guppies and mollies reproduce really fast, and females store sperm, so you can get 2-3 batches of fry from 1 mating. It is a good idea to seperate the males and females before they are 3 months old, either use a tank divider or two tanks. you can tell which is male and which is female at about 7 weeks. the females will have a dark spot at the base of their tail, this does not mean they're pregnant, if they are under 3 months old. So if ou count 5 fish with dark spots out of 7 the other fish are males. And to feed the babies you can feed them crushed adult food, that u crush to adult, and every 4 weeks or so you can make the pieces a little larger. I hoped this helped, I will write a more organized blog on this if you want to use that instead of this mess

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2 years ago#21
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Check out my blog (Guppy Fry My Experience) it tells all about, birthing, feeding, releasing,determining gender, seperating and breeding

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2 years ago#22
Benjamin
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I have a 3 gallon tank with good filtration and I currently have 1 male fancy guppy, the store I bought him from only had him left, I also have a small female crowntail beta in there with him and they are the best of friends and I have never seen them nip tails or anything. The tank also contains two small bloodfn tetras which also are not fighting withany of the fish in the tank(they also are going to get moved into a bigger tank with some more bloodfin tetras) but would it be safe and still healthy for the fish if I decided to add 3 female fancy guppies to it?

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2 years ago#23
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I have a 3 gallon tank with good filtration and I currently have 1 male fancy guppy, the store I bought him from only had him left, I also have a small female crowntail beta in there with him and they are the best of friends and I have never seen them nip tails or anything. The tank also contains two small bloodfn tetras which also are not fighting withany of the fish in the tank(they also are going to get moved into a bigger tank with some more bloodfin tetras) but would it be safe and still healthy for the fish if I decided to add 3 female fancy guppies to it?

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2 years ago#24
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That's a very small aquarium for so many fish, and its biological load limit will propably be exceeded. The three gallon tank is safe for one betta. Guppies are very prolific and will soon overcrowd such a small tank. Overcrowding and overfeeding produce more toxic nitrogen compounds than the nitrogen cycle can convert, and the end result is stress and illness.

Please click this link to see more about the nitrogen cycle:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-nitrogen-cycle-for- beginners-358.html

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2 years ago#25
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If I were to remove the guppies an put them in a separate tank what size would you recomend for 4 guppies (and what sized tank would you recomend for me to use when the fry hatch)?
I already have a 10 gallon and a 20 gallon not currently in use, would they be good sized for the fish right now?
Also what plants would be good to use in the tank that wont cost me too much? for my smaller tank I was alrady planning on including more plants then just the tiny one I have in the corner currently

I intend also to only have this 3 gallon temporarily, I already know about the nitrogen cycle as a current biology student in college but I am also planning on a 40 gallon long tank to set up at home. what kind of fish would you recommend for going in with guppies since I'd like a little variety in my tank, I really just want something nice to look at and something for me to take care of, What kind of fish and plants overall would you recomend for me to get the best appearance but also improve the health of my fish?

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2 years ago#26
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I would do a fishless cycle on one or both of your larger tanks, then move your fish over.

I would move the bloodfins (and get a couple more of them, 3-4 more minimum)to the 20g because they get pretty large. If you plan on breeding the guppies, they could have the 10g to themselves. Otherwise, they could go into the 20g. Make sure to always take into account space for potential fry if you have mixed sex groups. Your betta could go in the 20 or stay by herself in the 3g (she will probably eat any guppy fry).

For plants, easy plants like anacharis, wysteria, java ferns and moss are undemanding and nice to look at. Plants sold in bunches, like the anacharis and wysteria are usually cheap and fast growing.

For fish, since you already have some top dwellers (the guppies and betta) and mid-dwellers (the tetras) you could look into some bottom dwellers for movement on all levels. In, particular, take a look at some of the smaller cories. They are small, have a decently low bioload, and are active and cute to boot.

For your 40g, try to pick one or two species that you really like and build your tank around what's compatible with them. I would try to avoid getting one or two members of many different species. If you instead limit yourself fewer larger schools, not only will the fish feel more secure, they will act more naturally as well.

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2 years ago#27
Benjamin
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thanks a lot for the help
I'll look into everything you suggested
as of right now I don't particularily want to breed very many guppies but a couple more I think would look great in the tank
I really like the tetras and was planning on gettin more of them but I wanted to try them out for a little while frst to see if I'd really like them and want to continue getting more of them
now I am planning on breeding the crowntail female to my other male crowntail who is currently in his own 2.5 gallon tank, I know that betas are a little tricky to breed since the male could kill the female
any advice on beta breeding would be greatly appreciated if you know anything about them

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2 years ago#28
Alicia Martin
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Oh My gosh! im going to be Overstocked! i was helping a friend because she couldn't get rid of her fish so i bought a bundle for my 2, 10 gallon tanks about 9 in one tank and 13 in the other along with my sucker and 2 gold fishs Biggy and Thisles. but all the females i got from her were Pregnant and i bought from her like 10 female. i heard they can have like 60 babys per breed session. im gonna seporate the Females from males but i dont know what to do with my Baby fry. i dont want to kill them but im not sure what to do. help

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2 years ago#29
Jennifer :)
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Sell them to a local fish store....they might buy them.

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2 years ago#30
FISHYWISHY
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Can you buy ALL males and put them in 1 aquarium?

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