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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-15-2009, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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Best fish for eating guppy babies

I have a 35 gallon hex planted tank - nothing really fancy, setup mainly for minimal maintenance. Recently I got a problem - after adding a couple of guppies, they starting pouring babies and their babies started to pour babies of their own. For a while about four angel fish took care of it, but once they reached maturity they became aggressive, first toward each other, then after selling the first two, toward the rest of the fish in the tank. So now they're gone and the guppies keep pouring babies. I got a pair of gouramies, hoping that they would help, but they don't do squat about the guppy babies. I don't know what I can get that:
- would eat baby guppies
- would not be aggressive toward the rest of the adult fish in the tank
- would not eat my shrimps (some ghost shrimps that were sold as feeder shrimps - I like them!)
- would not be overly sensitive - my tank is not kept at fixed Ph, and temperature for example.
- would live comfortably in a 35 gallon hex tank -the angelfish were a stretch in this respect.
- pretty is a plus.

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Why Not Just Sell The Guppies Off? Put An Add In The Paper, 20guppies 20$.
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Or Rarely Feed The Fish, Theyll Take Care Of The Fry
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try other cichlids, paradise fish, gourami, rainbowfish, or any predator with the mouth the size of a guppy fry.

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Why Not Just Sell The Guppies Off? Put An Add In The Paper, 20guppies 20$.
Yeah, it crossed my mind but I don't mind a few adults, and I sort of like the idea of feeding some of my fish live food.

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cichlids, paradise fish, gourami, rainbowfish, or any predator with the mouth the size of a guppy fry
I don't know much about cichlids, but I got the impression that they are picky regarding the pH and that they are aggressive (so they're out). Gouramis I have a couple and they don't do squat. Maybe because I have some Elodea (Anacharis) on top and the fry hide in that. The other two - rainbow fish and paradise fish - I'm not sure what are those - never heard about them - I'll check them out.

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my beta started eating my guppy fry. i think he did any way since i don't see any more that are small enough to fit in his mouth.
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An angel of most any size "loves" baby "anythings".....
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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-15-2009, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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The angels are beauties - mean beauties :-). No more angels for this tank (they were a bit on the big side anyway), now, the beta - that's a different idea - I used to have a pair, I can give it another try - they are relatively short lived however (about a year if I recall well).

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i agree with the angels lol its why i kept a bunch of guppies in my 120 with my angels.
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Mihai, why not sell the guppies. I believe fish pros on western blvd. will take them off your hands and will give you a store credit. Ive sold my fish to them before. They usually give you 1/3 of their selling price, of whatever you bring in. They will even do the same for any extra plants you might have.
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The other two - rainbow fish and paradise fish - I'm not sure what are those - never heard about them - I'll check them out.
Paradise fish are basically giant, super aggressive bettas (same family). They should not be kept with any of their relatives, like gouramis or really with most other species either. They also don't care for tropical temperatures.

I doubt that any rainbows large enough to eat fry would be suitable for a tank that size, especially since it's a hex tank.
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they are relatively short lived however (about a year if I recall well).
Should be around 3-4 if properly cared for.

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golden wonder killies will eat them.
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golden wonder killies will eat them.
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If your male guppies have fancy delta type tails if you go with a betta they will get nipped a lot. The thing with having guppy baby eating fish, that is shrimp friendly is nearly impossible to figure out. Once the shrimp shed they can be eaten, I know my bettas will kill ghost shrimp in a heartbeat.
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