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Plants and guppies outgrowing tank, need pointers!

Hey guys, I think it's finally time to trim down my plants. Will someone give me a few pointers on where to start and how to approach it? I have never trimmed my plants before and only took out dying leaves if I saw one.

As for my guppies, I must have at least 40 thriving babies in total now, on top of 4 adults / 2male 2female and my other female is going to drop babies anytime now. My tank I believe isn't even 20 gallons. Should I get rid of the 2 females?

Oh and upgrading the tank is unfortunately not an option as much as I would love to do so and have the equipment for

Update: Decided to give away some of the moneywort and gave away one female guppy - now only have one. LFS said they'll take the babies when they're half an inch.

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Unless you want 100's of guppies.. yea I'd move the females.
As to current bioload.. w/ all those plants and if its anything like my 40B it can really take a LOT of guppies..

BTW: Gonna get a lot harder after those 40 mature..
I was literally taking a hundred or so to a local Petco semi-annually..
Its fun and cute for awhile but gets old..

Eventually just added natural birth control.. A pair of Angels..
After I got a handle on the population removed all males to another tank..Which sex you want to move is arbitrary..

As to trimming I'll defer to others...

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Unless you want 100's of guppies.. yea I'd move the females.
As to current bioload.. w/ all those plants and if its anything like my 40B it can really take a LOT of guppies..

BTW: Gonna get a lot harder after those 40 mature..
I was literally taking a hundred or so to a local Petco semi-annually..
Its fun and cute for awhile but gets old..

Eventually just added natural birth control.. A pair of Angels..
After I got a handle on the population removed all males to another tank..Which sex you want to move is arbitrary..

As to trimming I'll defer to others...


My local petsmart and petco don't accept fish unfortunately but my other LFS might. I wish I had a tank large enough to add a natural birthcontrol (lol) but my tank is too small and planted. If that was an option I'd dedicate a lionfish tank in a seperate saltwater aquarium and add more females and use the fry as snacks.

I'm going to get rid of one female and cut a couple of the stem plants on the right in half to give to my LFS for now.
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