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Guppy nursery tank questions. PLEASE!!!
Old 03-30-2011, 10:22 PM   #11
 
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Your guppy babies are best staying in the big tank if you don't have the money to buy the new tank. They will most likely swim at the top because they prefer shallow water. At first they will be picked off some because when they are first born they are quite small and weak and can't swim very far without resting and there really isn't a way to prevent this if you are using the tank with everyone else in it. I agree on getting a plant, they have plastic plants that come in mat-like sections that float on top. The fry end up hiding in between the leaves and have somewhere to swim to for safety I usually put one large mat in the center so they have somewhere that's really close from all sides of the tank. You most likely won't see the fish eating the babies, so don't worry too much there. They mature very fast and from a batch of 30 you'll have about 15-20 left.

Seeing them grow is an amazing thing, I say all you can do is see what happens. You can feed them ground up fish flake.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:30 PM   #12
 
Yeah and the ones that survive are a stronger strain.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:38 AM   #13
 
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Let me step in a moment-

Do you realise that guppies can produce 50 fry in a drop? Where will you put 50 adult guppies?
And when they get pregnant?

(I started with 3 guppies in my first tank. Within a year I had around 50, and that's not counting the fry.)

While guppies do eat their young, you will never see it.
I've studied my tanks for hours- I've seen adults 'dash' after a baby, but never seen them catch one.
I would simply get some bushy plants for your main tank... Guppy grass, java moss, and some stem plants like cabomba or ludwigea planted closely.

Fry instinctively hide after they are born. Just give them a place to hide, and you'll be made in the shade.

If you move a pregnant guppy, she can lose the babies due to stress. After you spot the fry, you can move them with a net into your breeder box to grow them out.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:38 PM   #14
 
Yes, I do realize that they will be reproducing like crazy. I just really thought it would be cool for my daughter and I to raise the babies. By no means am I trying to save every "litter", I dont have the energy to do all that. I also now have a 10 gallon, courtesy of my brother, that I have set up and cycling. I have moss and some real plants and some fake breeding grass I got at the pet store. I know it wont be ready by the time she has her babies, but like you all said, they are worse than rabbits so I'm sure I'll be able to use it. Worst case scenario, I fill both of my tanks and cant save the babies any more... BUT I recently noticed my beatuful black and silver molly is preggers... maybe her babies will be the ones that use it?? :) Thank you all for all of the tips and advice you've given me. I really appreciate it.

Come to think of it, I know this is the wrong forum to be discussing things other than breeding, but since you are all so knowledgeable I figure why not ask, right? I have a bumble bee goby (my little buddy) He hangs out pretty well with the others in the tank, but does he want some of his own to be with? He was the only one at the pet store when I got him. He was just too cute to pass up. The people at the store said they dont usually have them in stock, that they are more or less ordered by request. So IF I want another one I have to call and ask them to get me a few... what do you guys think? I have a total of 6 mollies and 6 guppies, the goby, a chinese algae eater, a bamboo shrimp and a 3 random snails ( I only bought one - where did the others come from??) These are all in my 29 gallon.

Last edited by guppiesformybabies; 04-05-2011 at 10:46 PM.. Reason: edit - sleep deprivation :)
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:07 PM   #15
 
I would move either the mollies or gupies because you could end up with muppies and that isn't good. That ten gal if perfect. Also watch for snail eggs for you could be over run very soon.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:04 PM   #16
 
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Muppies are great ! As you said you are not trying to make money from them so go for it . I have Muppies in my 20 gallon and the oldest just celebrated their 1st birthday yesterday
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:40 PM   #17
 
How do muppies look like. I have heard that they are sterile and live short. Are my sources wrong or what is the deal? I have no interest with cross breeding them so I am legit guessing here.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:25 PM   #18
 
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They are sterile although I do keep trying LOL (just Incase) my male Molly has a huge fan tail (like guppy) the females look like a guppy but noticeably bigger. I only have 2 males and 3 females after trying for 18 months
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:43 AM   #19
 
How cool!!! I would love to see pics! I didn't know they would/could cross like that..... hmmm interesting! Well i guess well see what happens with my black and silver molly! Do the names change if its a Molly mother and a father guppy or a father Molly and a guppy mother? Like from muppy to golly? ;)Now you got me really excited! Ha!
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:22 AM   #20
 
I think it just changes either way.
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