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Guppy dilema.....

Hey guys.
I have a heavily planted 20 gallon aquarium.
As you guys know, Guppies are extremely beautiful fish and I would like some in my awuarium.
However, I know they breed like crazy!
Do you guys know of any solutions where I could keep Guppies but have a fairly low Guppy population? I hear that just keeping male or female Guppies is bad? But that is what my LFS does and has done and the fish seem really happy, active, and there are no ripped fins but I do not know.
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You can keep just males if you'd like. Keeping just females you're still apt to have babies since most are prehit when you get them. Breeders separate males from females all the time to selective breed.
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my brother is dealing with this problem. he has a 10 gallon that is -:LOADED:- hes about ready to pay me to keep some in my 180g $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Yeah don't get females unless you're ready for it. I bought 1 male and two females and now I have 20 that's ready to have babies again. I'm taking all the females to LFS.
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Or keep another type of fish with the guppies that would eat the fry.

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Or keep another type of fish with the guppies that would eat the fry.

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Guppies are like tribbles- they are practically born pregnant.
The only way to keep the population under control without feeding the excess to other fish is to just keep males. That is OK, they do not seem to mind. Watch out just in case you get a single male who seems to want to upset the apple cart, and remove that one. Mostly they will live just fine together.
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If you want really cool guppies that aren't very proliferate, get albino red lace snakeskins. I have some and they're almost always available on Aquabid.

Albino guppies are known for eating their babies. Red lace is one of the worst, and mine even try to eat their 2-month-old fry. Heck, whenever I open the lid, I ***ALWAYS*** see the FRY attacking each other. Just malicious fish.

If you heavily plant the tank, maybe one will survive per drop. This will keep your population low and heavy. This should work with any albino guppy, I think.

Another way to control population would be to get any kind of guppy and add fish that won't attack/nip the adults but will eat the fry.
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the bad is watching them fight would not be fun for me.
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I have a tank of mollies and they're almost as bad as guppies but I find if you can find a good baptist raised angel fish they will keep the hanky panky down. Since I've added the angel I no longer see the results of any illegitimate mollie trysts.
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I have a tank of mollies and they're almost as bad as guppies but I find if you can find a good baptist raised angel fish they will keep the hanky panky down. Since I've added the angel I no longer see the results of any illegitimate mollie trysts.
You suggested it so much better.

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Guppies are some of the most annoying fish to watch. They chase the females around the tank 24/7 and when you think you are in the clear by having an all male tank, the males then go homoerotic and try to mate with each other...again, 24/7. Yes, I have a guppy tank

btw, one of my females had fry in an all female tank and roughly 4 weeks later, the same female had another batch of fry. All this with no males involved. A quick search and I found out that females can store sperm and get pregnant every 4 weeks for up to 6 months.

Female guppies are the devil. Fortunately for male guppies, they don't have child support in Guppy land.

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Any other fish will love to eat the fry. If you don't want any other fish, get a garter snake, they'll love all the fresh fish. A tank full of dragonfly nymphs would be another option, albeit a much crueler one, as they tend to save the vital organs for last.
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Jeremy, how do you get a garter snake into your fish tank?
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Jeremy, how do you get a garter snake into your fish tank?
I meant keep it in a separate tank. I suppose you could let it loose into your tank during feeding time, but it would go for the adults.
Now that I think about it, that would definitely solve the problem of too many fry...
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