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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john - 2011-10-05
hi, I have a boy and a girl guppy and they wont breed,have you ever experienced this before?Please replie because aperently they breed fast and alot and mine dont.



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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-05
    It is possible your female guppy is already carrying babies.
    However, if you have a male and female, they will breed in due time. The odds are for them breeding! Good luck!
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Gen - 2011-09-03
Hi I'm a beginner tank owner I have 5 fantail male guppies and one placlastumis (sp?)in a ten gallon tank. Where would I buy live plant for my tank and how do I go about planting them and I"m from seattle btw

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    Brett Mason - 2011-07-13
    TWO OF MY GUPPIES ARE PREGNANT. ARE THERE ANY TELLTALE SIGNS SHE WILL GIVE BIRTH(I DONT WANT TO KEEP THEM IN THE BREEDING ENCLOSURE FOR ANY LONGER THAN I HAVE TO). THERE IS SEPERATE AREA FOR THE FRY TO GO BUT HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP THE MUM WITH THEM. HOW LONG UNTIL SHE BECOMES PREGNANT and GIVES BIRTH AGAIN?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
      Guppies are pretty much always pregnant.
      They are livebearers and the young are live and they eat them. Many fish lay eggs, which are then fertilized externally. Guppies, on the other hand, are inseminated by males. The female utilizes some of the sperm and stores the rest, which she can use for five or six pregnancies henceforth if she so chooses. The gestation period now begins, which will last about 30 days. The female guppy has the eggs and stores the excess sperm, so she can always be pregnant.

      You need a baby or growing tank for the little fry guppies. The little fry should remain in the second (or growing tank) until they are pretty much grown and can join in a community tank. You see babies and mom and dad see food. They are carnivores. You don't keep "mum" with them as soon as they are born.
    • justice - 2011-07-13
      What you want to do is to add o few grains of aquarium salt to the breeder tank. That's always worked with me.
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    farjad - 2010-10-01
    I have 19 gallons tank with 4 gold fish, 2 glass fish, 2 white line, 2 black moor, 2 colored tetra and 6 guppies they all look fantastic and I love them all.

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    • Sarah - 2011-01-11
      Your aquarium is VERY overloaded. If you don't get rid of some fish your fish will die.
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    • c - 2011-05-17
      Just remember you should not over grows your tank. Rule of thumb is one inch of fish grown per gallon.
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    Nina - 2010-11-24
    I have over 157 fancy fantail guppies, I have had guppies many times but this time they seem to be better and healthier. I have a 50 lt tank and a 20 lt tank but in my big tank I also have a spotted bristle nose catfish but my guppies seem to pick at him a lot since his mate died nearly six months ago, why is that?

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    • Chris - 2010-12-23
      I saw a small fish picking on a big fish that was sick at a pet store. Is your catfish sick or depressed? Look for any signs of these.
    • Anonymous - 2011-05-13
      Purchase another spotted bristle nose catfish. When a fish loses it's mate, it can become depressed and other fish will pick up on this as a sign of weakness, and will kill it. If you purchase another spotted bristle nose catfish ( opposite six of the one you have) the one you have will improve and will respond positivly to the new arrival.
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    ReyReyGup - 2010-03-26
    I just stocked my 50 Gal. Tank two days ago with 3 pairs of fantail Guppies and many different other kinds of fancy guppies, 1 male and 2 Female sunburst mollies, and a pair of mickey mouse mollies along with a clown pleco and 2 spotted sailfin plecos. Is amazing how I already see many fry from both the guppies ans from the mollies ! I love them they're fun to watch.

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    Maerzad Nazha - 2009-02-23
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    • Tara Potter - 2010-12-29
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    Mo - 2010-06-24
    I have two tanks. A small one gallon( it's not even a full gallon tank) and a five gallon tank. I have four guppies in the five gallon tank. These fish are beautiful and fun to watch. I love to see my guppies. I say a guppy is the best fish to start out with if you think gold fish are boring.

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    • Danielle - 2010-11-18
      Hi mo, I'm Danielle, and I love my fish. Especially guppy's. I have a 300 litre tank and a 100 litre tank filled with guppies. I love watching the fry. And I'm a guppy maniac.
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    Md Roslan - 2010-06-01
    My guppy frys seem to grow slowly. Have already been almost one month but they have not transformed to look like a guppy. Can anyone share how long will it take for them to grow big enough to join the community tank?

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    • Chris - 2010-09-25
      If you add enough plants and hiding places, you can put them in as soon as you like. If you don't want to do that, add them in when they are too big to fit in the adult guppies mouths. This might take awhile, but soon you will have new members of your tank.
    • Chris - 2010-09-25
      It should take about 4-5 months. If you like, you can add them now if you have a good amount of plants and hiding places. It is risky, but you could give it a try.
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    Mary - 2008-12-06
    My name is mary, I am 11. All my fish are dead. I do not no what killed them, my tank's ph is perfect, my temp is right but my mom bought the food and it is cheap. Can someone help.

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    • Bob - 2010-03-14
      Hi Mary, sorry about your fish. Without knowing much about your fish tank I can give only basic information. All fish need several things to live. The ph and temp are important and also other things like the quality of water and how they are fed. If you start again here are some ideas I use in my classroom. First, plan for only a few fish to start and use a tank at least ten gallons. If you use gravel then wash it first in a big bowl to get rid of any dust before you put it in the tank. Let the water sit with the air stone or filter running for at least a day so the temperature will be right. Put your fish in the water letting them get used to the water by leaving them in the bag for at least fifteen minutes. Before you let them loose put a little bit of food in the tank. Only feed them what they will eat in a few minutes! More fish have been killed by food fouling the water than by starvation. (my opinion)

      Good luck and remember to take out some water each week and change it with water that has been sitting for a day or so. Good Luck and see if your library has a fish book with more good ideas.
    • none for safety - 2010-04-20
      It may be because one of you fish is aggressive and could kill others so be careful what kind you get.
    • sarah bynum - 2010-06-13
      Have you tested at the pet shop? I just lost 6 gold fish because of too much ammonia.
    • jacey am 12 - 2010-08-10
      Know what that's like. Where did you get your fish some fish sellers sell you sick fish.
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