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post #1 of 25 Old 05-04-2012, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Bettas or Guppies?

Well, my mother some how got our ten gallon tank empty [ she put the fish in the fifteen gallon we had. ] and she says she might give it to me [ might means yes :3 ] and I'm having a hard time deciding between which fish I should start keeping in the ten gallon, and the other spare tanks I have.

I'm interested in keeping Betta fish but I'm also interested in keeping Guppies, betta fish are so cute and interesting, but guppies are prettier [ no offense to betta lovers. ] easier to breed, and sell, depending on where you live, since you can keep them together, and that attracts buyers.

Which do you guys like better?

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post #2 of 25 Old 05-04-2012, 08:00 PM
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If you have a sure place to sell guppy fry, go for the guppies. Most pet stores will not accept you walking in with 50 fry right away. A lot of pet stores don't want them at all, only a local pet shop MIGHT buy them from you if you set something up. I've also seen people selling them online... for anywhere between 50 cents and free. They overpopulate pretty fast. If you can handle that then go for it.
A male betta and some cory cats or kuhli loaches, depending on what suits you, would work well, and you don't have overpopulation issues.

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If you have a sure place to sell guppy fry, go for the guppies. Most pet stores will not accept you walking in with 50 fry right away. A lot of pet stores don't want them at all, only a local pet shop MIGHT buy them from you if you set something up. I've also seen people selling them online... for anywhere between 50 cents and free. They overpopulate pretty fast. If you can handle that then go for it.
A male betta and some cory cats or kuhli loaches, depending on what suits you, would work well, and you don't have overpopulation issues.

Agreed! The only way I would consider keeping any Guppies would be all males. They will nip each others fins but rarely do any actual damage. Keeping Girls and boys together while seemingly fun, ends up being a bit of a headache in most cases. I would vote for the Betta with a handful of Corie's on the bottom and maybe a mystery snail?

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post #4 of 25 Old 05-04-2012, 11:21 PM
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I would go for guppies if you have hard water or betta if you have soft water. In a 10 gal you could actually keep 2 male betta together if you divide the tank. I have two divided tanks like this, and I love it. If you do go the guppy route, I would also go all male because you have to keep 2:1 females to male and the females aren't as pretty (sorry girls! ;p )

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post #5 of 25 Old 05-05-2012, 11:47 AM
i say get a larger tank and do both hehehehe. if you want to breed don't get the already pregnant ones as you don't know who the father is.when they are born you get all sorts of mixed colors and most people wont want those.

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post #6 of 25 Old 05-05-2012, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies ^^

Also just wanted to say I've kept both, and have guppies in other tanks.
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post #7 of 25 Old 05-05-2012, 12:15 PM
hahaha.... nice going

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
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post #8 of 25 Old 05-05-2012, 02:15 PM
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If you already have guppies I would go with bettas, but I'm biased. Have you thought about endler's? You could get some close to pure ones from Aquabid. If I were to keep livebearers I would go with either endler's or tequila splitfins (Zoogoneticus tequila), a really neat little Goodeid that is possibly extinct in the wild.

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post #9 of 25 Old 05-05-2012, 06:36 PM
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On aquabid for endlers, N class is considered purebred endlers, A grade is the best quality. They're the ones you want.. of course it can't be 100% guaranteed since these species are found in the same range in the wild, and I think mixes have been found, but it's as close as you can get. :D

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post #10 of 25 Old 05-05-2012, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Eh, not really interested in endlers, too small for my liking xD

The only reason I'm leaning towards guppies right now is because I know they can be breed in jars [ I have proof. ] and if I could breed guppies for money, wonderful.

But if I were to keep Betta fish and wanted to breed them I'd need many supplies and it could cost up to $500 [ according to this site. ] to get all the supplies.

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