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Old 04-18-2011, 03:49 PM   #11
 
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Oh Heaven's I don't want ANY more breeding in the tank. I have tried the not feeding for a day or two. I added a very hungry Gourami who simply looked at me like "well, when ARE you planning on serving lunch?" and hung out for another day or two without food. None of the babies were harmed. I keep hearing people say that Guppies will eat their own young but mine won't.

Some one else told me to add a Pictus Catfish but my concern is that they would hurt the adults, which I do not want to happen. I don't want any to die actually, I just don't want any more breeding. Ugh! it is a terrible dilema for an animal lover. To be happy they need each other but... then they over populate and you have to try to find homes for hundreds of babies, which is not an easy feat. I do not wish them to suffer at all.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:53 PM   #12
 
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I would suggest maybe an African Dwarf Frog, they wont bother juveniles or adults, but would happily eat the fry. Also, a large molly or two would eat the fry. Or if you have the seperate tank, or already have one...maybe a dwarf puffer, they would eat the fry...but I would put the fry in the puffers tank not the puffer in with all the guppies.

Guppies might eat the fry when they are super small, so small we might not see them all yet. But my tank is all male guppies (11 of them), yet I have 6 guppy fry in a breeder net I had given to me. I woke up a few mornings ago to one of my male guppies, his name is Turk, inside the breeder net...he had to have jumped in, even if he did poor thing probably hit his head as the water level was high and he needed to clear about an inch in distance and another inch in height to make it into it. Anyways, he had probably been in overnight, but he didnt bother any of the 6 fry, he actually seemed really freaked out that these 6 little things were what seems to be playing ring-around-the-rosie with his head. I had to laugh, then figure out how to get him out. lol. Once the fry are sexable, the males will join the 29 gallon, and the females will go into a new 15 gal with the neons from the 29 gal, all the fish from the 5 gal (except the otos, they will go to the 29 gal as the new tank wont have algae), and I will probably add some cories to it later on.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:13 PM   #13
 
First of all, keep your fry with your females and don't feed the females for a few days. Guppies will eat anything they can fit in their mouths so the adults will eat the fry. It seems cruel but you should try it. And have you sold to petsmart? I want to sell my fry to them but im not very sure they will take them.
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:49 PM   #14
 
You could try a female betta or two
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:24 PM   #15
 
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I settled on an Angel fish. She is very small at the time but should be able to eat the new fry and not harm the adults or even juvinile fish. As she grows she will be moved to a larger tank. Tomorrow, I will be moving 2 dozen juviniles out. I found a home for them. Shouldn't take too long to restore balance. At least, that is the hope.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:08 AM   #16
 
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Honestly, I am thinking of getting out of Guppies. I think they are lovely fish and have these charming little personalities BUT I can't do the whole feeder fish thing. I wanted a fish that would just do in the babies before I even knew about it. Sort of out of sight out of mind thing. It isn't good for my heart to think of my fish ending up as a snack. :(

The only one I really really want to keep is "Junior" who was my first baby and just has the best personality. The bad thing is that Junior is a girl so the problem would continue as long as I have her. I wonder how many fry she could have before she quits? If I just kept her and had someone else to keep the population down, it would be good.

I would gladly take any :) as i cant even get my 2 males to breed with my 4 females, lol but i unknowingly got platys to breed, weird stuff, i thought guppies were the easiest to breed
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:09 AM   #17
 
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I would gladly take any :) as i cant even get my 2 males to breed with my 4 females, lol but i unknowingly got platys to breed, weird stuff, i thought guppies were the easiest to breed
Did you just get your Guppies? If you just got them a short whille ago from the fish store, they are likely babies themselves and need to grow up before they start having babies. If you have males and females, you will likely have fry just have patience. Do you have some nice plants in the tank for the fry to hide in? I have Pennywort floating all over the top of my tank to and several swords, Ludwigia and various grasses for fry to hide in. I would say it is optimal situation for guppies to breed. Noting how many babies keep showing up, I think the Guppies would agree.

I think a 1-5 ratio is best male to female. I have read that the males will pester the females to death if they don't have others to share their attentions with. Just be sure you have a home lined up for the babies once they start coming because they really will be explosive breeders once they start.

Where do you live?
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:57 AM   #18
 
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also a question, if the females are albino will i still get colored babies?
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:55 AM   #19
 
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Here are a few pictures, though not good ones of my Guppies
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As far as coloring goes, I am afraid I do not know the answer to that. I would suspect however you would get some colored babies if the males are colored.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:21 AM   #20
 
Oh your males are gorgeous! If only we lived closer I'd gladly take many of your guppies. The guppies I have to start with are always plain. With my first batch of fry I got a nice looking male but I sold him with all of the rest.
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