Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Voorheesville, NY
How did they DO that?? Tale of Indestructible Guppy Fry.
If you've happened upon any of my recent posts you will know that last week I took all of the fish out of my planted tank and put them into an empty 30 gal to treat them for a mystery ailment. I also turned the CO2 WAAAY up in the planted tank to try and combat a serious algae outbreak caused by a broken CO2 reactor.
When I transferred the fish I drained ALL of the water out of my tank. There was maybe 1/8-1/4" of water that I couldn't get out of the tank, but for the most part it was EMPTY.
Much to my surprise two days ago I noticed a tiny little guppy swimming around in the tank. I was astonished, but chalked it up to him being able to hide in a small pool that must have been in one of the corners. I was amazed that he had managed to survive with the incredibly high CO2 levels in the tank, but figured that nature somehow finds a way.
Pretty unbelievable, right...until today when I saw that there are actually FIVE guppy babies swimming in my tank. They were all hanging out together near my Rotala, having a grand old time. How did they DO that?? Survive a 100% water change and ridiculously high CO2 levels for a week. I am shocked at their tenacity. I'm going to feel awful when I put the rest of the fish in next week if they get eaten... but I don't think there's any possible way to catch five one week old guppies in a heavily planted 55 gal tank...