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post #1 of 5 Old 04-13-2014, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
How do I transition away from schooling fish?


We have 3 Danios and have decided we want to transition to another type if fish.

Will it be mean/cruel to them if we just stop replacing them as they pass away over time?

Frankly they don't seem to school anyway but they do generally hang out together, but I don't want to cause undue stress to them by having fewer than 3 of them together.

How do people usually handle this situation?

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-13-2014, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
Why are my Guppies all over my Molly?


I had 2 Molly's and one passed away. We decided we want to try some Guppies, so we got 2 guppies.

I was worried about the Molly being lonely, but the guppies are all over the molly.

At first I was not sure if it was aggression or not, but clearly it is not (no biting or chasing away)

They are all males, but if i were to guess, I would say they are trying to mate with each other. Wherever the molly goes, you are sure to see the guppies obsessively trying to stay as close to its side as possible (almost like the are schooling - but very close to each other)

Is this behavior common when mixing these two types of fish?

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-13-2014, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
That is strange - 2 posts in 1 thread....please ignore the second one...will post separately.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-14-2014, 12:25 AM
I would let them slowly dwindle with age. As long as you're not throwing in cichlids or tiger barbs they should be ok.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-14-2014, 02:33 AM
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I don't keep fish I don't want. Were it me I would give them away. But I have let fish die off before - fish I liked but not enough to want to rebuild the school.

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