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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-30-2015, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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What are your thoughts on Guppies? I upgrade my 11 month old daughters shrimp bowl to a 5 gal tank... Was thinking of guppies because they are cheap (on sale for $1 now at petsmart)...


Do you like them? They do have some nice colors and many different variations

Is there something else that is cheap, easy, and just as good variations?
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They are very pretty, but they breed like mad. Might work to keep all males. I'm not sure.

Bump: Definitely keep more females than males if you don't mind always having to find homes for babies. Too many males will stress the females.

I'm fairly experienced with fish, but new to planted tanks.
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They are very pretty, but they breed like mad. Might work to keep all males. I'm not sure.

Bump: Definitely keep more females than males if you don't mind always having to find homes for babies. Too many males will stress the females.
I was thinking of maybe asking my LFS if they would buy or maybe barter for some supplies for babies.
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Great idea!

Bump: Great idea!
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They really do better in larger groups. Id do 12 or so in a 10g, not sure if a 5 would be ok for half of that.

livebearer fry growing up in their parents tanks grow too slowly for me, they'd function more to replace dying adults than any commercial enterprise.

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i would get 1 male and 2 females, or 2 males and 3 females.
in a couple of months the females will start giving birth and you will end up with more fish than you can handle.
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Personally I wouldn't put guppies in anything smaller than 10g. But, if you do decide I would do maybe 3 males.
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I was thinking of maybe asking my LFS if they would buy or maybe barter for some supplies for babies.
The common livebearers are gonna be hard to get store credit for with how easy they are when it comes to reproduction
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I'm not aware of any Big box chain LFS buying or giving store credit for guppies.

I sell mine to a mom and pop for $.74 for females and $1.25 for males.
I take in about 40 or 50 every 5 to 6 weeks. This is store credit only.

The reason I can do this is mine look way better than he can get from his wholesaler and it took me 3 tries to get him to say yes.

Aren't we all just living in a giant fish bowl?
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in my oppinion don't do it. I had a crappy experience with these so called "hardy" fish. Get Molly's or tetra's or rasboras.

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My lfs won't take guppies, he said that you could breed them in a toilet, so he doesn't want them. Other fish can be sold, but livebearers breed like mad, so most stores won't accept them

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My lfs won't take guppies, he said that you could breed them in a toilet, so he doesn't want them. Other fish can be sold, but livebearers breed like mad, so most stores won't accept them
Yup that's what happens with guppies - they breed everywhere. The way I ended up solving it is letting them breed as they want in the aquarium and then eventually it got to the point where all the new born guppies would be eaten by the larger fish as protein snacks.


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Is there something else that is cheap, easy, and just as good variations?
Feeder guppies/wild guppies.
Cheaper or even free. Just as easy, breeds as readily. Some of them actually look better than cheap guppies.
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Well i got some... ended up getting a female that was already prego... I counted i think 10 babies... so when they get a little bigger i am going to put them into my 10 gal tank.
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