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Guppies as Wedding Centerpieces?
Old 04-02-2012, 10:47 AM   #11
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]In general it would bum me out because I'd have no idea of what care went into the preparation of making the centerpieces and what would happen to the fish after the festivities.

That and the fact that the fish has to be fairly stressed out in a small(ish) container with a lot of activity and no guarantee that kids aren't going to shake it, put something into the water etc....

I just personally wouldn't enjoy seeing anything live on the table.

And yes, it might sound somewhat bizarre but it's what my honest reaction would be.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:52 AM   #12
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Honestly I don't see how it would be worth the stress to the animal for the momentary "oh look, fish" reaction that some folks might have. I see it as unnecessary and adding little to no benefit but that is me. Also, to say that kids won't have an opportunity... well, kids at a wedding are rarely if ever watched 100% of the time. Also, there are even cruel adults that might give the fish a little swish.

It's your wedding and you will do what you want. I would just be rather put off if I saw anything like that at a wedding. Not worth it, in my opinion. Congrats to you on your nuptials.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:01 AM   #13
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Cycled water is useless- there's next to no bacteria in water. Cycled gravel or filter media is what you need.

Tubs work swell- I use a small plastic filing box as an outdoor pond in the summer. Just don't fill it up all the way, or it can split down the side.

There is a solution to the ammonia levels, IF the room will be bright enough...

Only have 1 guppy per tank (In my opinion, I'd go with endler's livebearer only due to their smaller size. Their care is identical to guppies, and you might be able to go up to three if the bowls are at least 1 gallon. Also, fast the fish for 1-2 days (no food whatsoever) before the reception)

On to the solution.. If there is ample light (or if you're willing to invest in a small LED light fixture held over each one.. Google 'LED Puck light', and find one battery powered), you could go with a centerpiece plant in each tank. Not anything like those Betta vases- you can't cover the water surface, but something small could easily take up all ammonia. The best thing that comes to mind is small 'lucky bamboo'..

Pick a size large enough to stand out of the water at least two inches. In each bowl, add gravel from a cycled tank to the bottom.. At least an inch and a half. It should be enough to hold some stems of bamboo in place. Otherwise, you might need to pile some river rocks around the bamboo to hold it in place.

If you can't take care of them, I wouldn't do it.. but good light, cycled gravel and a live plant, I don't see any problems. (I've mailed fish, and they're exposed to worse enviroments.)

If there's not enough light, then instead of gravel, use a mixture of cycled gravel and ammo-carb. They should absorb toxins for the few hours you need.

Nothing will be more depressing than a bowl full of dead fish at every table... Consider the worst case scenario before you decide. If a fish dies, then the rest could easily die within an hour or two from the decay.

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Old 04-02-2012, 11:14 AM   #14
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I'm in line with everyone else thinking this isn't the greatest idea (too many things that could go wrong on your special day). I have just one question: how do you expect to carry 29 gallons of water? Water weighs about 8.34 lbs per gallon. That's 241 lbs of water.

If you really want to have fish at your wedding, I think a tank in the background would be much more impressive. One of the beauties of guppies (and other small fish) is seeing a large school of them together. That combined with nice aquascaping would be much more impressive than a single guppy on a table. Make a statement about how a fish tank should look.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:29 PM   #15
Thank you for the wonderful advice, redchigh! I will definitely check out the things you mentioned.

After asking around about possible homes for some of the guppies after the wedding, I realized that most of my friends/family are into bettas as I am! I'm potentially thinking about switching from guppies to bettas, but I'm reading up on female community tanks before I get into that.

We're having 22 tables, so my new idea was to potentially get 11 females and 11 males - one for each table and name the tables after famous romantic couples. EX: Table 1 (male betta): Romeo. Table 2 (female betta): Juliet.

I already have 2, soon to be 3, male bettas - I would just need 8 more and then 11 girls. The girls I would try and acclimate into a community tank prior to the wedding (I would obviously want to have them a couple weeks prior to make sure of their health, etc), separate for the wedding into the bowls, and then put them back together afterwards. For the males, I have been looking at 3 gal sterilite storage bins to modify into jump-safe containers. I'd obviously need to rehome some of them - so i would make sure they'd have a place to go afterwards before I continued. I have one girl that's interested in a male + some girls for her community tank already.

Just some thoughts going through my mind at the moment as bettas are a bit hardier fish and I'm already addicted to them anyway.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:40 PM   #16
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I would probably stick with livebearers if I were you. Bettas are hardy in regards to oxygen, but with a live plant to control the water parameters, the betta would likely not have enough room to swim.

plus I've seen bettas as centerpieces before... It was actually kind of meh.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:31 PM   #17
I agree with 1077 and Romad. I don't think it was a good idea and if I went to a wedding and saw that I would also be bummed out and upset. They are just guppies and I could honestly careless what happens too them but having to see them stuck in a bowl for 4-5 hours freaking out would not leave me in the best of moods.

I've gone to restaurants and had my experiences majorly ruined by poor fish tanks. I personally think its a entirely reasonable reaction. How can you enjoy yourself when you are surrounded by miserable or terrified animals.

I agree if you get them then you should take care of them yourself. I personally would not worry about water quality in the vases, 4-5 hours is a short time. I've kept fish in bags longer then that.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:19 PM   #18
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Actually betta don't sound very romantic. Males and females beat the crap out of each other when they spawn and will kill each other. Most breeders I know say this has happened to them at least once. While they would be better in terms of oxygen, unless you have them in 1 gal bowls they are going to look rather cramped. Heating is also a problem. Guppies can easily stand temps around 70F - 75F. Betta don't do as well when the temps drop. I know the room will be temperature controlled, but water temp is usually 3-4 degrees lower than room temp. Heating each individual bowl will be difficult. I still say just go with a nice aquascaped tank in the background.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:23 PM   #19
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Just my two cents without judgement...don't do it.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:31 PM   #20
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Going off of what is best for the fish I wouldn't do it. Like Thekoimaden says, pick one places you want them to be and do a decent sized tank (great excuse to get one/another one)and make a nice aquascape.
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