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post #1 of 7 Old 08-21-2010, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought 2 guppies one is a female the other a male. I put them into my tank following the proper instructions. It did not take long before my existing fish started to nip and corner my guppies. HELP i currently have 2 black skirt tetras and 1 comet gold fish.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-22-2010, 07:24 AM
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What size tank are these fish in? Black skirt tetras should be kept in groups of 5 or more to keep stress and aggression down. And they will nip at the fins of fish with tempting tails (your guppys).

Can you rehome the guppys to a different tank? I would start there or bring the guppys back and get 3 or four more tetras for the existing tank.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-22-2010, 08:23 AM
my black neon tetra never nipped y guppies before.i introduced the guppies first and then added 12 black neon and 6 fluorescent danions. no nipping until this day.but my tank is big and planted.

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-22-2010, 09:49 AM
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my black neon tetra never nipped y guppies before.i introduced the guppies first and then added 12 black neon and 6 fluorescent danions. no nipping until this day.but my tank is big and planted.
Your fish are in the right numbers and have hiding spots. That seems to make a whole world of difference :)

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-22-2010, 10:09 AM
my fish are funny too.the otto shoals with the black neons lol

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-22-2010, 01:04 PM
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I just bought 2 guppies one is a female the other a male. I put them into my tank following the proper instructions. It did not take long before my existing fish started to nip and corner my guppies. HELP i currently have 2 black skirt tetras and 1 comet gold fish.
What size is the tank? You should not have goldfish in with tropicals, their requirements are too different for either to be healthy. And you need more black skirts as Romad and kitten both correctly mentioned. A group of 6 is minimum for any tetra, but the size of your tank will have a bearing. And not with a goldfish.

You do realize that with a pair of guppies, you will have hundreds of fry on a regular basis?

Byron.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-23-2010, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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I know I will have a lot of offspring from my guppies. I also read that they make good treats for the other fish. I h ave a 30 gallon tank. The problem i mentioned earlier was solved by taking the old fish out of the tank for a while and putting them back in. Thanks for all of your help.
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