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Help! My Guppy just had babies!
Old 04-06-2010, 04:35 PM   #11
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Since you have fish in the tank already, pretty much your only option is to change some water daily if possible- every two days at least.
Approximately 25%-50% of the water.
Treat the replacement water and try to get the temperature as close as possible to the tank.

Just a warning on the guppies, your few now will likely be 15 shortly.
(I started with 4 in a 10 gallon... now, including babies, I have 40+)

Live plants will also help your tank... Since you're in a bind I could send you some if you wanted. (I have a few that grow really fast and are really easy to take care of)

Although most people will disagree with me, I would try to get a couple snails and add them whenever you can. (don't pay for them, but try to get some free ones.)
If you begin to see algae (green slime on everything) don't scrape it away. It's kind of unattractive, but it will help use up the ammonia, just like plants would.

If you have an incandescent hood (screw in bulb) then you could just buy a small compact flourescent bulb in cool white, and order some plants from (they're super cheap, and super nice)

The plants will absorb ammonia, produce oxygen, and make your tank beautiful. :)
I would probably reccomend-
water wisteria
echinodorus tennellus (dwarf chain sword is small and usually used in big tanks, but is also the perfect size for a background plant in a 5G)
java fern
java moss

those are all super easy for me... and grow like crazy.
All except the echinodorus can just be dropped in the tank and allowed to float. (although they'll look better if you stick them in the gravel)

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Old 04-07-2010, 04:21 PM   #12
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Agreed, again.
Ps Red, your aquabid link is broken! Thought you should know.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:48 AM   #13
I went out and got a 20 gallon tank, and some java ferns and moss at my pet store. I am going to seperate the males and female guppies, and maybe leave the neons with the female guppies in the smaller tank, and the mollies, male guppies and ghost shrimp in the larger. I am going to find something to cyle the larger tank before I do anything though. Thanks for all your responses.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:51 PM   #14
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Yay! Good choice! I love my 20g :)
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:11 PM   #15
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I would probably just find a new home for your females if possible...
Female guppies can store genetic material from previous mates, and give consequent births without a male in the tank....

You'll also have to keep a close eye on any fry, and move the males to the male tank, lest he mate with his mom and sisters.

To herbicide: Thanks! I fixed it now. (i think)
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:39 PM   #16
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Seems we've neglected to answer your original question. :P
If you have any fry left and you really want to keep them, you can buy a breeder net to put them in and feed them crushed up flake food. At this point, I don't really think that's necessary, since even if they all get eaten, you'll have more soon if you keep the females. The fry will find food as flakes sink to the bottom, and in an established tank, they can scavenge their own food pretty well. The reason I don't think you need a breeder box/net is because, as you've probably realized by now, guppy fry are very flighty little guys, and as long as they have some plants and nooks and crannies to hide in, they'll probably be just fine. I had 7 that were a week old which I put in my 20g with all sorts of things that would like to eat them and AT LEAST 5 are still alive in there.

Oh and red, yeah, your link works now :)
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:13 AM   #17
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I had guppies in a completely bare 10G (gravel) and they multiplied like rabbits regardless of a few getting eaten.

If you really want to save them, plants are the best.
breeder boxes and nets cause stress, while plants give hiding spots while lowering stress and improving the water. Plus, they grow...
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:22 AM   #18
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Good choice on the 20g. I wouldn't buy a fish to cycle it. There's easy ways to fishless cycle. Also, it would be best to move all your fish from the 5.5g into the 20g except whatever you wish to keep in the 5.5g. The 5.5g is no further along in being cycled than the 20g tank. And the larger water volume will allow too be about 4x lower (compared to the water volume) than in the 5.5 gallon. So this will be less stressful on your fish. You can keep the fry in a net breeder or a breeder box contraption. or if you have plenty of hiding places for the fry then you can let em free and 1 or 2 may survive. I personally never find that any of my fry live unless I can catch them right after they give birth... so I dunno how some people are lucky enough to have this happen. Goodluck!
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