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Old 12-18-2007, 03:55 AM   #1
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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...
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:37 AM   #2
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Guppies can live in darn near any water quality. It doesn't matter how old they are, what salinity, pH, any of that is. There's a reason they are sometimes called the MillionFish: You can't kill them so they keep reproducing!

There have been times when I wanted to kill off a very small number of remainder fish so I could move and there just was no humane way. I put tons of salt in there, I cranked up the temperature, I did EVERYTHING. They can survive the apocalypse if you ask me! That's why I love these suckers!
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:50 AM   #3
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Give the fries a chance to survive. They deserve it.

I especially bought a new tank just to house all the guppy fries, some of which have already grown up to adult sizes. It's very satisfying to see all these babies growing up healthily.
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Old 12-21-2007, 04:56 AM   #4
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Yes, my guppies do very well in my tanks. I've probably got about 5 generations between my 2 tanks, and I regularly trade them back in to my LFS.
There's not much I can do to ensure the survival of these 5 though - I sure as heck can't catch 5 tiny fry in a 55 gal heavily planted tank... I'm hoping that by next week when I put the rest of the fish back in that they'll be big enough to get away from the other fish.
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