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Old 01-25-2012, 10:05 AM   #31
 
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All the fish waste and uneaten food builds up in the gravel and, in areas that don't have a rooted plant (like vals or swords), need to be vacuumed with water changes. I suspect this is where your toxic levels are coming from. I strongly suggest buying a small gravel vac and using that to do your 50% water changes. (Those 50% water changes should be done any time the ammonia or nitrite is greater than 0 or weekly, which ever comes first.)

I would also take a look at your feeding habits. Feedings should be VERY small, and all food should be eaten within 2 minutes. Any uneaten food needs to be removed immediately. How often do you feed?
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:17 AM   #32
 
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i havent really have any fish live long enough to feed i was aiming for every other day, i hear a hungry fish is a happy fish, and they seem to be eating stuff in the tank so i doubt theyre starving
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:47 PM   #33
 
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How are your parameters looking today?
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:04 PM   #34
 
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im checking right now actually, anyone know anything about guppy behaviour, i dont think mine like each other much they swim nose to tail in tight circles and then have a mad dash about the tank
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:12 PM   #35
 
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since the addition of my fihs today ammonia is at 0.25 nitrites 0 nitrates 20 ppm, should i do a water change to help get rid of the ammonia
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:19 PM   #36
 
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since the addition of my fihs today ammonia is at 0.25 nitrites 0 nitrates 20 ppm, should i do a water change to help get rid of the ammonia
With live plants I wouldn't consider it necessary, but to be safe and given what's in the past, a 30% change is fine. A conditioner that detoxifies ammonia would help too, as it will change ammonia into ammonium and the plants will grab that.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:28 PM   #37
 
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im checking right now actually, anyone know anything about guppy behaviour, i dont think mine like each other much they swim nose to tail in tight circles and then have a mad dash about the tank
The Tropical Fish Profiles here are extremely helpful for getting the basics of care and behavior for many species. I just read the Guppy profile: Guppy (Poecilia reticulata) Profile and came across the following:

" Reports cite males living peacefully when there are enough of them in a tank with both open spaces and private spaces."

Assuming that you have two males, and making a slight inference from the profile, my guess is that it's likely their aggression will calm down after you've added more tankmates.

That having been said, this is in no way a recommendation that you add more tankmates immediately to cull the aggression. I think you're better off continuing to cycle the aquarium with two occasional sparring partners than to throw the bioload back into flux before your tank is stable, thereby risking an even worse fate! Just my opinion, for what it may be worth.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:00 PM   #38
 
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ok im definately not getiing any more fish till my tank is stable, i now have 2 plants so hopefully that will help, ive just changed 20% of the water considering everyone says guppies are sensitive immune systems
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:24 PM   #39
 
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ok im definately not getiing any more fish till my tank is stable, i now have 2 plants so hopefully that will help, ive just changed 20% of the water considering everyone says guppies are sensitive immune systems
Good work. I bet you'll have it under control in no time!
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:39 PM   #40
 
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i hope so ive been pulling my hair out over the last month trying to get it right
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