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post #1 of 10 Old 11-23-2008, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! My soon-to-be husband (getting married this week) and I have agreed to breed feeder guppies for his little sister's boyfriend. Not sure what we're getting ourselves into, but I absolutely love anything that is or has ever been alive. Yes, I'm one of those people that think an ant is an adorable little creature.

My fiance has had numerous fish and is fairly comfortable with them. I had a Betta when I was a teenager which lived for a few years, so I'm rather inexperienced with fishies. We just got our little ten gallon tank set up and are letting it run. We don't have any guppies yet, so I thought now would be the time to try to learn absolutely everything I can, so I will be reading through the forum lol.
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-24-2008, 12:22 AM
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i recommend learning about a fishless cycle to start off.

and guppies are fun, except a 10 gal will fill up fast if ya know what i mean.

and congrats on the marriage
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-24-2008, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I've been reading all over this forum and have found lots of info about cycling... which I never knew should be done. It's good to know since we don't have the guppies yet. I'm sad that they're being bred for food though - my fiance keeps reminding me that I probably won't see the babies grow up . However, reading around the threads has totally given me aquarium fever. Maybe starting with the guppies will help give me more experience for when we can start our own little critter home, not to mention I can learn more about other species and determine which ones I could provide the best home for.

Thanks for the advise! I look forward to learning tons and starting my aquatic journey!
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-24-2008, 02:06 PM
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Hello there SharpLittleGuppy and welcome to the forum. Congratulations on the wedding, I hope you have a great day - and I'm sure before too long you'll be keeping fish of your own

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post #5 of 10 Old 11-24-2008, 04:29 PM
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hello and welcome to you.
congratulations on the comming up wedding,i hope you
guys have a wonderful day. :)
i hope you will have plenty of room for the extra tanks you will
probably be getting,haha you'll never look at an empty space
in your home in the same way,you'll always be sure you could get another
tank in,because you know you are going to want to keep some fry.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-24-2008, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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I know you're right! My fiance's mom has a tank that we're already designing in our heads. First thing's first though, we're still focusing on the guppies. The guy we'll be breeding them for has a house full of different size tanks. He likes the predator fish though, I'd want a peaceful tank with different species. At first I was worried about trying to breed the guppies because I've never bred anything in my life, but reading through this forum it seems that there won't be any problem at all! lol They seem to be the rodents of the fish world as far as breeding goes. That's great because I really would like to keep some offspring simply because they'll be my first bred family and I'll be too sentimental to let them get fed to bigger fish. In fact, I'll probably fight tooth and nail for all of them even though I know it wouldn't be probable to try to keep all of the fry - ha!
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-25-2008, 01:12 PM
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aww you made me smile.
i remember my first batch,i was just so excited i was glued to
the tank,and everyone was moaning it was past dinner time.
one of my pineapple platys is giving birth this evening again,
the last batch are starting to explore the tank,darting in and out of plants
and decore.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-26-2008, 12:15 AM
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Congratulations on the wedding, and welcome to the hobby as well as the forum!

I have a 10g tank up and running that I set up recently for breeding feeder guppies. Really simple setup - just a silly looking castle decoration I had laying around, some pea gravel from Home Depot, a cheap fluorescent strip light from Home Depot, a regular glass top, a heater and a sponge filter. The filter was seeding in another tank of mine for about a month, then I just plopped it in the 10g tank and added the guppies. I started with about 25 of them and culled the more sickly looking ones. They're thriving now. I've also got a couple of fancy guppies in there, and will be adding some Endler's livebearers fry once they're a little bigger. There should be all kinds of interesting crossbreeding going on. It's really simple stuff - they really just breed themselves.

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post #9 of 10 Old 11-26-2008, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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I'd like to put a little castle or house or something in there. I think we picked the perfect gravel coloring for the tank - it's browns and reds with some whites and tans. One of the female guppies had some babies last night, and it was the perfect size and color for them to drop down in and hide. Not to mention, the gravel rocks are slightly bigger than the fry, and I noticed they kind of nestled between them when hiding. We also have a couple of fake plants that reach the top of the tank, I also noticed the fry hanging out in those. Hopefully what we have will provide enough places for them to hide.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-26-2008, 09:57 AM
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Hello and welcome! I recently had some fancy guppies in a tank at work and found a plastic type plant at walmart that is designed for small fish to hide in. It resembles a group of small bushes if you will that are all attached to a plastic base. You simply push the base down into the gravel some and the little ones will dart for it as soon as they pop out. Makes it much more difficult for parents to snack on them.Good Luck and congrats!

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