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What should I do with all these fry...?

Upon last count, I have 45 guppy fry...which is great, it makes me very happy....however...I have no open tanks...and the only tank that I could use is a 20g High and would need to be completely emptied and re-cycled...(It's a reef...oh...It's also got a Nova Extreme T5 fixture)(Wayyyyy too much light!)

Is the survival rate of fry very high? They are living alone in a 3g picotope at the moment and are growing well.

Would I need to go crazy and buy a HUGE tank for all these little guys? Or would it be alright to keep them in a 20-30 gallon, well-planted, well filtered, daily water change tank once they grow up?

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Upon last count, I have 45 guppy fry...which is great, it makes me very happy....however...I have no open tanks...and the only tank that I could use is a 20g High and would need to be completely emptied and re-cycled...(It's a reef...oh...It's also got a Nova Extreme T5 fixture)(Wayyyyy too much light!)

Is the survival rate of fry very high? They are living alone in a 3g picotope at the moment and are growing well.

Would I need to go crazy and buy a HUGE tank for all these little guys? Or would it be alright to keep them in a 20-30 gallon, well-planted, well filtered, daily water change tank once they grow up?

Thanks!
I guess you could use your 20 high, seed it from your existing tank's filter and gravel and do 50% water changes daily. until it is cycled. Seachem makes a product that can be used to help cycle the tank :Stabilty. They would do well even with just daylight from a window and room temperature. Eventually they would need a 55 gallon or more as they would keep reproducing at a very high rate.
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LOL welcome to guppies!

I'd set up the 20gal with a pretty fish that will eat guppy fry... otherwise the things are almost as bad as snails?





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Won't Guppies eat their own fry? I'd like to keep some guppies...lol.
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I'm no guppy expert but I have been keeping Endlers for a few months and they are closely related. My understanding is that in crowded conditions they will eat their own fry as well as they can. The fry are almost too large to fit in the mouth of an adult fish though. I put some apistos in with my Endlers last month and haven't seen any fry since, including the two that didn't get sucked up in the filter and had grown to about 1/4", they got munched by one of the dwarf cichlids.
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What size should I start to move them out of the 3g tank? They are all about 3/16" at the moment.
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LOL welcome to guppies!

I'd set up the 20gal with a pretty fish that will eat guppy fry... otherwise the things are almost as bad as snails?
or get a turtle. I used to raise guppies just for turtle food. It got to be too much of a hassle for me, so now I just make a stop at my LFS each week for feeders.
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