Animal Stories - Fancy Guppies

Animal-World Information about: Fancy Guppies

   The various forms of the Guppy, Fancy Guppy, or Millionsfish are the best known and most popular aquarium fish. This species offers a large selection of colors and shapes with no two fish every exactly alike. Guppies are an all time favorite of both beginners and experienced fish keepers!
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Bihan - 2012-05-03
My guppys attack a goldfish... they are peaceful.. ?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-03
    They are normally peaceful unless stressed. They will nip fins at times.
Rev. Lucas - 2012-03-21
I have 3 guppies, and 2 Mollys, neon glow fish and a starburst fish in a 10 gallon tank. They all get alone well! My guppies just had frys which was very exciting. My wife and I were not prepared for this, but we were able to catch 9-10 of them and place them in a betta type round bowl. Question, how long can they stay in there, and I'm using tropical fish food that I break up very fine; is this ok?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-21
    Get an airstone and a little pump and they will do fine. Tropical fish food is fine. Be prepared to have a ton of guppies!
  • Rev. Lucas - 2012-03-28
    I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a 10 gallon tank, and placed the frys in it with air bubbles and no filter. I was to afraid that the filter would suck the frys in it. As of Monday they are a week old, and all 7 are doing well. Maybe this weekend I'll put a live plant in it that will grow.
  • Rev. Lucas - 2012-03-21
    Thanks for the information. What size stone should I get when the tank is less than a 5 gallon. It's just a simple bowl, that's used for a betta fish?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-21
    A small one will do fine. You do not need much.
  • James - 2012-03-23
    My tank is set up the same but with 2 algea eaters and 2 african dwarf frogs. As for the breeding of the guppies, only separate the females if you are planning to keep as many of the fry as possible. If not, then get a bottom feeder or dwarf frog who will eat some of the fry and keep your population down.

    Just remember to be careful with how you breed them because they will start nipping at each other if there are too many fish for the tank you have.
  • Rev.Lucas - 2012-04-07
    As of now my frys are 3 weeks old, and doing well. At this point all seven frys are in a 10 gallon tank with nothing in it but an air stone. I think they are big enough now for a filter, and some decorations. I'm thinking about an underground filter with sand, plants, and a albino cora catfish rather than a plecostomus for cleaning the tank.

    Questions and or concerns:

    Which filtration system is better, top or bottom?
    Which is easier for maintenance sand v/s rocks?
    Which is better for decorations live plants v/s artificial plants?

    Any information and or comments are welcomed. Thanks in advance for all your suggestions. All items will be purchased at Petsmart!

    Amazed By His Grace,

    Rev. Larry Lucas

  • Angie - 2012-04-11
    I also started with 2 female and a male, I now( 6 months later) have probably 30 or so. I have never taken the fry out or done anything special to keep them from getting eaten. I have a 100 gallon tank with rocks,a few larger decorations and threw in some plastic plants to float on top for them hide in. I have a red tailed shark, 2 bala sharks, 2 striped ralphels, 4 neon tetras in with them. I also have a canister filter with the intake about 6 inches off the bottom and haven't had any issues with them being sucked in.
    I cant remember the website but i googled breeding guppies and alot of tips popped up. good luck
Sarah - 2012-01-11
I have several guppies,and I'm not sure what to do

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  • Sara - 2012-01-11
    NEVER put them with betta or siamese fighting fish. That can be trouble. They like to nip at the fins. They are peaceful otherwise. They form loose schools
  • Angie - 2012-03-09
    I have had my guppies with my beta for 6 months now and never had a problem. It may be that i have a 110 gallon tank but the beta is doing just fine. My only problem with the guppies is i am getting over run. Started with 3 6 months ago and now have over 30,and now thw babies are having babies.
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-14
    Also don't put them in the tank with angelfish
  • James - 2012-03-23
    get a bottom feeder or dwarf frog that will eat the fry for you. That will help control the population. Other than that, you just need to start giving some away because they dont die easy.
Chris - 2010-09-25
I don't know if my females are giving birth. I have fry in my tank, but I don't know if they are older fry or newborn fry. Is there any way I can tell the difference? Also, how many babies can a guppy have in one batch?

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  • john - 2011-11-30
    In one batch a guppy can have 2-200 fry and for telling the difference between fry age it is mostly size and color.
Chris - 2010-11-23
I have a 20 gallon tank with guppies, silver hatchetfish, golden mickey mouse fish, a plecostomus, and an albino cory catfish. It is interesting to see them interact in the tank.

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  • john - 2011-11-30
    Good for you but keep an eye on the pleco and the hatchet fish because pleco get big and hatchet fish can jump out of the tank.
Angelic - 2011-10-01
Ok so I bought a male fantail guppy and he ate the long fins of my betta so my betta started eating his back fins I was told you are able to put them together I have them separated now can I put them in the same tank again or should they just be apart? Also I put my fantail guppy in a tank and every time the bubbles go off he starts swimming really fast and will occasionally dart up and down the side of the tank, but when it goes back on he stops completely just acts like a normal fish. Is this normal?

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  • john - 2011-11-30
    Don't put them back together because when he said that you can keep guppies with bettas he meant female guppies but you could put them back together. For the bubbles the fish is probably just startled but it could be dangerous to the fish as he could injure himself. If it is one those on off bubble things get rid of it and replace it with a constant bubbler as it will be easier for the guppy to adjust.
john - 2011-11-29
My guppy had babies and i don't really know what to do!!! I can only see 2 guppy fry swimming in the tank and I have an extra 1 gallon bowl but I don't want to stress the babies out. Please help!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    You should remove the babies. Guppies don't make very good mothers and they have a strong tendency to assume the babies are food and will eat them. Good luck.
john - 2011-11-09
I think that my guppy is pregnant but she has a pinkish gravid spot. Does this mean that she has already given birth or is she about to?

Emily Cash - 2011-10-28
I have four guppies that I got for my daughter. They are very pretty but they are starting to get black coloring in their fins. What might be the cause of this and how can I fix it?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-28
    Depending on the species, it could be a genetic variation. However, it could be a fin/scale disease. Bring in the fish that looks the most affected to your place of purchase, and ask what they think; given you purchased them from a reliable petstore.
john - 2011-10-11
Hi,I recently took a trip to the lake by my house and got some pet minnows,they seem to resemble guppies. Any way I instaled an aerator in their tank and it is blasting out bubbles and I have no idea how to control the air flow and it says nothing in the instructions about how to control it. It is an elite799 for a 5 gallon. Please help soon and fast I don't want to loose them.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-12
    I am not familar with your filter but there has to be a small wheel or dial that you turn which adjust the amount of bubbles coming from the aerator. Just a small little gadget that turns.