I am currently struggling with a "GIFT" that was placed in my tank from my 8 year old nephew and my NON animal sister. To be fair, I have placed "GIFTS" in his tank. The difference being, I did my homework and made sure my gifts would work with is situation. I gifted him a Mystery Snail and 2 Oto's. I also gifted him a few live plants for his 10 gallon tank. He "gifted me" 6 Guppy's. You might think "what is wrong with that, they are great fish" and you would be right except, I have a rainbow shark, a school of Tiger Barbs and a Blue Gourami. I went into research mode and found that Platys are supposed to be alright with Guppy's so that isn't an issue but.... What the heck.
I have been looking at craigslist hoping to find a 30 gallon tank with hood and lights for cheap. I have not found that yet. I am going into over drive now. Hopefully they can hang in there until I can find one. I don't know what to do, I thought about putting them in a bucket with a sponge filter, if I can catch them but right now, they seem alright in my tank. What are your thoughts on that?
I can't scream and shout at my nephew, he thought this was the best thing anyone can do for me. Paybacks for all his gifts, I guess. My sister however... well, won't be giving fishy gifts to me again. Not to mention dumping pet store water in my tank. Now I have to have that concern too.
I wish Walmart still sold the 30 Gallon tank sets. They used to have them for like $80.00 or so. I could have spent that in a hurry but I don't want to drop over a hundred for these fish. Ugh! the thought of trying to catch fish in this tank again is making me sick to my stomach. I keep thinking I should just look the other way and let the other fish eat them but I can't. Not to mention, there isn't any interest in "eating" going on that I can tell. How much time do I have before all he-- breaks loose in there?
Why Guppy's why couldn't it have been some really cool fish that WOULD get along with everyone in there? I have been madly scrambling about trying to find info on this mix. I was afraid to mention it here. I know how bad this is, I just can't be mad at an 8 year old boy who was so proud of his gift. Thank God he didn't get me a bunch of eels like he wanted me to get.
Would a 20 gallon be large enough for 6 Guppy's and a few something else if a 20 comes available?