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post #1 of 27 Old 03-19-2010, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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I WISH something would eat my guppy fry...

Is there anything that will go in a 10G, leave adult guppies alone, but eat the occasional guppy fry?

I was thinking the parents would... I thought I was OK- I saw about 10 fry earlier, and thought no biggie.

An hour or two later, I moved my hornwort clump... and TONS of fry swam out (at least 20 more!)

I can sell guppies, but not that many!

Would ghost shrimp be my best bet? I had one that ate fry occasionally... but not enough to really put a dent in the population.

The tank stock:
Pond snails
Ramshorn snails
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Guppies

Anyone have any suggestions?
I know of a few that would work... like there's a tiny pike livebearer I considered.. (3-4 inches) but I'm afraid he might be too effective. I'd like 1 or 2 fry to survive a month, but not 30 like it looks like now.

I do have extra tanks, but I'd rather not spread "the guppy's curse"
(Something that will tolerate a PH of 6.5-7.5 would be best)

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post #2 of 27 Old 03-19-2010, 06:29 PM
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When the fry get a bit larger, how about just giving them to the LFS instead of finding something to eat them?
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post #3 of 27 Old 03-19-2010, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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trust me. I would if I could.

If anyone wants me to send them 20 guppies maybe you could reimburse me?

I don't have a LFS anywhere around here that will take them.

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post #4 of 27 Old 03-19-2010, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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A big chain moved in town a couple years ago and put the two decent LFS out of business...

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post #5 of 27 Old 03-19-2010, 06:48 PM
Get you a nice male or female Betta splendens, they love guppy fry, I raise guppies just for my bettas....
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post #6 of 27 Old 03-19-2010, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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I'd like something I can put in the tank with the guppies though... wouldn't a male betta be threatened by the long finnage of the fancy guppies?

Don't want him to massacre all the males :/

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post #7 of 27 Old 03-20-2010, 12:05 AM
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dwarf gourami? Im not sure just a guess tbh. I know in my 29 i got a oscar and a red devil, not to keep permantely but to wipe out the molly fry so I could revamp my tank. I ended up keeping the oscar for a while in my 55g but got rid of him in the end. Maybe female bettas if your worried about the aggression, Im hard pressed to think of anything else lol.
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How big are your adults? I have some Badis badis that make short work of any small fish but you'd want to make sure your adults are above a certain size threshold to avoid being eaten themselves. I'm not sure I'd count on any fry surviving to adulthood though, perhaps unless the tank was very heavily planted.

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post #9 of 27 Old 03-20-2010, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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well the tank is a moderately to heavily planted 10G.

I'm sure the guppies eat fry- the breeding population is just too high. I only have about 4 males and 10+ females, all pregnant and currently dropping fry every week or so.

So it's a problem.

Maybe about 6 ghost shrimp? but they can't catch them often...
or Long-arm shrimp if I can find some? I have no idea.

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post #10 of 27 Old 03-20-2010, 11:13 AM
I keep male and female Bettas in with my guppies and have never had problems with either betta or male guppy confusing one species for another, I put my Bettas in my female tank with fry to condition them for spawning and population control, the male guppies are kept in tanks with male bettas for grow out. I have never had trouble....
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