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Guppies as Wedding Centerpieces?
Old 04-01-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
 
Guppies as Wedding Centerpieces?

Let me start this by saying I'm not one of those brides that go - OH! Pretty fish - let's put them in a bowl with some leaves and candles and then just dump them somewhere afterwards.

I've never done guppies. I'm a betta/platy girl. I have (2) 10 gallon community betta/platy tanks. One betta in each, of course. I am also awaiting on betta from Thailand also, which will have his own 3 gallon tank. I was on the betta site reading about someone wanting to do betta centerpieces (um - talk about a hassle) when I thought - hey - what about a community fish? My first thought was platies, of course, but then I realized that guppies are super pretty and they'd make for a beautiful display.

We're having 22 tables + the head table. I was thinking about having a bowl with stones and one guppy each. It's only a 4-5 hour ceremony + reception and I can use cycled water for the bowls. They'd be in a large tank prior to and after the wedding.

I went by our 99 cents store and found glass bowls that are a good size, I think, for the purpose. That'd be $22 for the vases and at $3 per fish - $70 or so for the fish.

Now - my questions come in a variety of forms. First off - the housing for the fish prior to the wedding. I have not had guppies, but I assume they follow the same 1 inch rule as other fish. I'd say a 29 gallon should be fine for 22 fish. Am I right? We do have a 29 gallon tank - but I am thinking about perhaps trying my hand at using a storage bin as a tank. I've heard good things about them.

Here is the link to the 116qt (29 gallon) I am considering.

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I would like suggestions on this as well!

As far as *after* the ceremony - I am planning on talking to my guests beforehand/at the bridal shower, etc, to let them know about the guppies and that they will be potentially looking for homes afterward. Now - don't get me wrong. I can keep them if need be. I just think it would be nice/awesome if some of my guests decided that they wanted to take a few and set up their own tank!

That brings me to a second question - how many guppies should be together? A minimum? What's the best size tank for a smaller sized group? How many guppies in a 5 gallon? A 10? I'm guessing anything smaller than a 5 gallon is too small?

I would also like to know some general info on overall housing and feeding, etc.

If possible - I would like to try and get either all males or all females. I keep my platies in same sex groups to avoid an explosion of babies - live bearers can overwhelm easily! Would that be alright for guppies?

Anything else I'm forgetting? =D

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:28 AM   #2
 
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what will the weather be like in your area? Can you keep all the bowls warm enough the whole time? Potential new owners would need cycled tanks at home ready for guppies. I think most of them would be lost but if your ok with that then it would be a neat centerpiece. They will have to be dealt with at the end of the night either way.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:01 AM   #3
 
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Is lousy idea using live fish for centerpiece at wedding or any other festivity.
Bowls, vases,are for flowers.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:21 AM   #4
 
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Is lousy idea using live fish for centerpiece at wedding or any other festivity.
Bowls, vases,are for flowers.
ITS A GREAT IDEA. who are you to judge.

i would go ahead and do it. its uniqe no one has done it before
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:55 AM   #5
 
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ITS A GREAT IDEA. who are you to judge.

i would go ahead and do it. its uniqe no one has done it before

OP came seeking opinions and that's what I offered.
It is not unique, and has been done hundred's of times at wedding's,carnivals,etc,
More fish die than survive.
Fishes are under considerable stress, from being handled ,moved, as well as small volume of water and rising ammonia level's, which all fish produce through respiration.
Leave the fishes at fish store for those willing to provide proper care from the outset (ie) cycled ,heated tanks, rather than subject them to stress as some sort of novelty.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:17 AM   #6
 
I was trying to stay away from this one, but here I am. 1st I must wish you all the best on your wedding day wickedrodent, and nothing but smooth sailing from then on. However after a quick wrestle with my concious I must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 1077 on this issue.
BTW 1077 I think it's a great IDEA, however the practice may well go sour on the day. I have seen a similar thing done in a bar (when I was a young man) and it was an horrific experience for me. Fish dying left, right and center while I try and have a good time. I left quickly and ultimately the bar lost money!

You are both welcome to "hang me" for my opinion Hanky and sumthingfishy89, but I belive wickedrodent would prefer to be sitting on a tropical beach (or where ever the honyetmoon is) thinking "shouldn't we go back to the hotel room" for that "honeymoon experience" (it doesn't last forever!!). Rather than, did I do the right thing? Are those fish dead? What have I done?....I believe that's why you're asking the questions that you are wickedrodent. And in my experience (I'm well past marrying age, so wiser...LOL) it is better to be safe than sorry.

Still they are captive bred fish, they are pretty, I feed them to my saratoga and clownknife BUT seeing dying fish would ruin a wedding for me and I suspect that will happen.

What ever you decide, bust of luck on the day, best of weather and have a great honeymoon.

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Old 04-02-2012, 07:47 AM   #7
 
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Is lousy idea using live fish for centerpiece at wedding or any other festivity.
Bowls, vases,are for flowers.

I am with you. I do not believe there is any possible way to keep the fish comfortable, secure and safe in that situation. I don't think being cruel to animals of any kind is a unique idea. I hate that idea. At one event where they had fish for a centerpiece kids took great pleasure in torturing the poor things all night. Some poured Coca Cola in the water. Others spun them around at rapid speeds or shook the water, other dipped them out and let them flop around. There is no way to protect the fish. There are so many lovely ways to do flowers or other things, why involve a living being that might suffer for it?
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:25 AM   #8
 
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what will the weather be like in your area? Can you keep all the bowls warm enough the whole time?
It's August in Texas, so they would definitely be warm enough. It is an inside venue, so it should stay the perfect temp.

fishy goings on - I appreciate all your input. I *love* input when it's in a helpful but not condescending manner. Like I've said - I am not a bride who doesn't think ahead or give thought to the matter. If I was - I wouldn't be here looking for advise.

Let me try and answer some of the potential problems that were brought up in order to try and stick with the idea in the best possible way.

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OP came seeking opinions and that's what I offered.
It is not unique, and has been done hundred's of times at wedding's,carnivals,etc,
More fish die than survive.
Fishes are under considerable stress, from being handled ,moved, as well as small volume of water and rising ammonia level's, which all fish produce through respiration.
Leave the fishes at fish store for those willing to provide proper care from the outset (ie) cycled ,heated tanks, rather than subject them to stress as some sort of novelty.
I gather more fish die than survive because most brides/carnivals do not take steps to ensure survival. I'm sure they plop them in regular tap water, for one thing. Second, at carnivals they are exposed to the elements for huge periods of time. At weddings, brides often stick them in with lighted candle.

The fish would be in a vase larger than most "tanks" that these "responsible people" use when they buy them from the petstores. To be completely honest, I think you're forgetting that most people buy them from petstores spur of the moment, stick them in a tiny bowl with tap water, etc, as amusement for their kids. I, at least, am trying to through the scenarios in order to find a way to have the centerpiece that I would like while ALSO looking out for the welfare of the fish in question.

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I do not believe there is any possible way to keep the fish comfortable, secure and safe in that situation. I don't think being cruel to animals of any kind is a unique idea. I hate that idea. At one event where they had fish for a centerpiece kids took great pleasure in torturing the poor things all night. Some poured Coca Cola in the water. Others spun them around at rapid speeds or shook the water, other dipped them out and let them flop around.
I am going to base my reply on the examples you offered. Feel free to offer up other problem scenarios if this doesn't answer the question.

We are having a total of 7 "children" under the ages of 10 at the wedding. An 8-9 year old, (2)6-7 year olds, (2) 4 year olds, a 1 year old, and a newborn. The two younger kids would not be able to reach the fish. Knowing the parents of the (2) four year olds, they would not let the child harm the fish. The 6-7 year olds I do not see a problem with, either. The only one that would pose a potential problem is the bratty 8-9 year old but I have an uncle that is sitting with him that I could easily put on fish-duty.

It's a small, short wedding. From set up to take down the fish should only be in the bowls for a max of 5 hours. The sister of one of my bridesmaids is a massive animal lover like me and *if* I were to do this, I would ask her to be in charge of getting them into the vases and watching them throughout the course of the reception.

As far as stress for transport - I would transport them in the 29 gallon bin from my house to the wedding. They'd get placed in the bowls right before the ceremony starts and then put back into their regular tank right after it was over. I can't imagine them undergoing any less stress being shipped to the petstores.

As far as the new homes go - I would *not* give them to anyone who was like "omg - how cute. Let me take it home!" at the wedding. I am letting people know ahead of time about the fish so that *if* they want, they can set up and cycle a tank to get it ready FIRST.

Feel free to hit me with additional concerns. Like I said - I would *like* to make this work if possible, but I am also trying to be smart about this. As a vegetarian and animal lover, I'm the last person to be "cruel to animals".
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:50 AM   #9
 
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As careful as you'd be, I wouldn't want to be sitting at a table with a live fish as a centerpiece. It would bum me out immensely.

Like Inga said, there are so many alternatives for a beautiful centerpiece, why go through the hassle of trying to keep the fish alive in less than ideal conditions just because it's "pretty"? You're going to have so many other things to focus on, why add all that extra work??

I don't doubt that you're an animal lover and would try your best but think of your guests who might find it disturbing.

Oh and congratulations on your upcoming wedding.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:02 AM   #10
 
Just for curiousity sake - why would it bum you out? That's kind of bizare to me, actually. LOL. I mean, dead fish would bum me out - but not live ones. O.O
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