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Are guppies disposable fish? Help please :-(
Old 07-06-2013, 03:51 PM   #11
 
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There are no rules in aquatics, only guidelines. The entire guideline is one inch per gallon of slim bodied fish that grow to no larger than 3". This is generally a good starting point to keep new fishkeepers out of trouble. Forget half of it & your half way down the road to problems. There are many species it does not apply to.

No, people don't consider the behavior of fish, so every so often you see 3 oscars in a 30 gallon. People don't do research, sellers give improper information. Fish like comets, ID sharks, common plecs, plenty of species get tossed into too small of a tank going by the abbreviated version of this guideline.

I agree that too much is often expected of what are actually sales clerks at many shops. You wouldn't ask the kid behind the counter at McDonalds for the nutritional information on the products they sell, the kid selling products at a large corporate pet store isn't much different.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:54 AM   #12
 
You might be able to keep 1 or maybe 2 bettas (1 male and female or 2 females) in that tank, but definitely not 3 guppies without a bubbler. Betta fish are easy to take care of and don't need a huge tank.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:39 AM   #13
 
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I agree that too much is often expected of what are actually sales clerks at many shops. You wouldn't ask the kid behind the counter at McDonalds for the nutritional information on the products they sell, the kid selling products at a large corporate pet store isn't much different.
This is true.

The difference is the the kid at McDonald's would just give you a blank look and say that they did not know. The kids at Petsmart try to act like they know what they are talking about.
Having a little knowledge can be more dangerous than having no knowledge at all.

We have now seen all of our guppies and their replacements come and go within a 3-4 week period, despite undetectable ammonia levels.

We have returned our tank and upgraded to a 10 gallon. We are letting the biological filter get established and then we will try to buy a more hardy type of fish for the tank. I guess in the future if we have more confidence, we might try guppies again, but not at this time.

Thanks!

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Old 07-15-2013, 09:46 AM   #14
 
I have 1 betta in a 1 gallon and he's been doing fine for about 6 months. They are really great fish.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:53 AM   #15
 
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Well, the petsmart kids DO know what they are talking about, compared to the people that are asking them for help..... it's all relative.

As for the guppies - I've kept well over 50 species of fish, some more successfully than others. There is a small handful of fish that I was not successful with, despite multiple attempts - I just don't keep those fish is all. For whatever reason they did not do well in my tanks, so I moved on to other species. Sometimes that's all you can do. There are enough species of fish out there that I am not going to waste my time and money on ones that don't like my water.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:21 PM   #16
 
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You might be able to keep 1 or maybe 2 bettas (1 male and female or 2 females) in that tank, but definitely not 3 guppies without a bubbler. Betta fish are easy to take care of and don't need a huge tank.
Multiple bettas in the same tank is a time bomb. Period. Even if you think you have a stable sorority with lots of room and hiding places, sooner or later there will be a massacre.

More than 1 betta in a 5 Gallon tank is simply a fight to the death.

Please, 1 betta would be fine in a 5 G.
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