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post #1 of 4 Old 09-18-2013, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Falling for guppies (my story)

Sooo I have been keeping an aquatic turtle for about 2 months now. It is a good sized one and was rescued from what would have been being squished by a train. It seems to really enjoy eating live fish. I got tired of running to the store so I set up a 10 gallon tank (incorrectly I might add) I would just throw whatever feeders I got into the 10 gallon (feeder guppies/ rosey minnows/ghost shrimp) and feed the turtle the live food when ever.

But then I started keeping the feeder guppies and ghosts and only feeding the minnows. I started falling for the guppies and not wanting to feed them to the turtle. I started getting excited over the pregnant ones (tried to only feed the boys to the turtle) and kept waiting for babies. LOL I stopped vacuuming the tank because I was sucking up itty bitty ghost shrimp. Was hoping they would mature and then I would have little food farm. Haha

Last week I found two baby guppies in the tank. That got me super excited so I decided I should properly take care of my tank if I wanted them to live. I took a water sample in and was shocked to find out my water was in good condition. I fully expected it to suck! While I was buying more feeders I glanced in the fancy tank and saw a huge square female. She was swimming up and down the tank. I asked the clerk how hard it would be to get the fatty and she said easy. I took fatty home (her name now) and set her up and she swam around. I could almost see the eyes of the babies so I was excited. I also feared she might die so I waited. Got up in the middle of the night that night! and happened to see more babies. I popped her in a nursery tank and netted the babies and went back to bed. Looked in the morning and I have about 30 plus little guys.

Mommy is a pale orange with a darker tail. I am stupid excited (as you can tell) by my babies. Today is day 4 and they are still going strong and I haven't lost one yet (as far as in the nursery- don't know for sure if mommy ate any) I cannot wait till they get older so I can see what colors they will be.

No one else in my life understands my interest in these little goobers. I was hoping you all would. :)
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-19-2013, 04:46 AM
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Ohhh, pics please

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-20-2013, 07:39 AM

That's exactly what makes this such a fantastic hobby. It's been keeping me excited for over 40 years and two of my children have caught the bug too

Enjoy them, there's nothing like growing babies on to adulthood and seeing what colors and patterns appear.



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post #4 of 4 Old 09-27-2013, 03:18 AM
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omg im going to breed guppies in a 20 gallon any tips
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