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post #1 of 7 Old 07-18-2008, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
Interesting ethics question

Well...I guess this is sort of an ethics question. As I said in my previous post, I now have a tank full of guppies. I also am going to have an extra 5.5 gallon soon. I was going to keep it running as a hospital tank. Then I thought that if I put some java moss and let it cover the bottom it would be the perfect guppy breeding tank, and would protect the expectant mom from harassment from the males before she is due. The only question is what to do with the babies. I really can't set up any more tanks, so I thought that I might give them to my lfs. Then I started thinking about what kind of people buy guppies...they are usually recommended as starter fish and are stuck in uncycled tanks with people that know nothing about fish. If I let them give birth in the guppy tank many of them will get eaten anyway (which I hate knowing). So, which is better, getting eaten before you even get a chance, or taking the chance that they will have a horrible life elsewhere (but they might have a good life depending on who buys them). I can't seem to decide for myself. I am really interested to see what you guys have to say, I'm sure that there will be many different opinions out there. Thanks in advance for the reply :) .
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-18-2008, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
What . No one has any opinion on this. Most people that I know would not be able to shut up! But, sadly none of them know anything about fish so would not understand.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-18-2008, 08:56 PM
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Kim, I completely understand your dilema. I always keep my livebearers set up so that the fry have a fair chance of surviving but not to try to save all of them. I use a heavily planted tank for all of my livebearers but the fish are on their own. Enough survive to gradually increase their nukmbers and I get rid of the extras by selling them at the LFS. They don't give much for surplus fish but it helps cover the cost of food. Food is most often what they would like to give for fish.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-18-2008, 08:58 PM
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Re: Interesting ethics question

Let nature take its course. Guppies weren't called 'million fish' for nothing. I'd do both, letting them eat the fry and sell the surplus to compensate for the expenses you made.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-19-2008, 05:22 PM
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Yes, being eaten is definitely better. It's part of guppy life and serves a natural purpose. Plus, every fish has at least a slim chance of survival. The same is not true in the 8ppm ammonia water of some irresponsible keeper.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-21-2008, 12:25 PM
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You could always make friends with someone with a predatory fish. I have guppies myself and chose golden wonder killifish as the top-dwellers for my new community tank in part because I read they'd be good guppy-eaters. The fish have already proven their abilities at the task. People with predators would be happy to have a supply of feeders that have a much better chance of being disease and parasite free than feeders bought from a LFS.

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-21-2008, 05:23 PM
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I've given away guppies on craigslist before with no difficultly. It allowed me to screen the owners and make sure they knew what they were doing. Plus, they picked them up, which reduces the work I must do.
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