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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Tank cycle complete, your guppy thoughts, please?

My water is hard, and pH high.

Guppies are definitely on my short list, and it is almost time.

I have a 37 gallon tall (Journal link below)...If I want to get two males, should I pair them, or add more females (say 2 to 1 ratio)?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 10:34 PM
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You should get a Nice pair of endlers, I think a few people on here sell them. If you get a trio, you'll have tons in months. Make sure to get the right ratio of 1 Male: 2 Females or the Females will become stressed and die. These are friendly and can go with most fish. Platys, And all variety of Tetras are nice. I really like my Neon Tetras, Black Tetra, Glowlights are nice, Rasboras. I like mini fish, you could do a peaceful German Blue Ram or Apisto if You have the right water.
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With livebearers, it's better to do a 1 male to 2 + females to keep the aggression to a minimum. I have 6 female platies to 2 males and the males are still jerks. Years ago I kept 2 males guppies to one female (since the males are so pretty, who wants females? Lol). Well, the males eventually pestered the female to death. That's the reason I went with platies over guppies for this tank, both males and females are showy.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 11:39 PM
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cobra guppies are really great to though I love em
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-24-2013, 12:59 AM
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I have 2 guppy tanks. One with all males and a couple platies and endlers mixed in. And I have a separate breeding tank with all my females and 2 selected males. I like guppies alot. They are so colorful. I keep fire reds with them also.
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I would be careful is you're going to add both sex in the tank. Guppies are know to breed often and quite quickly too. One pregnant guppy can give birth to 10-50 fry, there even been some reports up to 100 fry. If you don't want your tank to be over tank by them, I suggest just getting males.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 12:28 PM
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For guppies, definitely do a 2:1 female male ratio, even 3:1. Endlers are also a good fit, and I personally love their coloring.
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and the males are still jerks. Years ago I kept 2 males guppies to one female.
funny my wife said the same thing.. Though to be honest it was the male scissortails that were the worst. Had a big orange tailed fantail that was quite the gentleman.. she's even threatened to flush the scissors..

and yes guppies are prolific breeders..

unfortunately we started w/ more males than females but fortunately none were pestered to death.. Big tank, lots of plants.. she held her own (on reentering this hobby our initial mortality was high due to cycling problems and a case of ich which kept changing the ratio.. not in a good way for the female(s)).. wife's dying for platy babies.. which don't seem to be forthcoming..
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice, gang. Still undecided, but I have until Thursday or Friday.

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