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New Tank!! Suggestions for guppy tankmates?
Old 07-12-2014, 06:07 PM   #1
 
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New Tank!! Suggestions for guppy tankmates?

Just bought an awesome 29 gal hex tank... So pumped to get this stocked! Waiting a week or two depending on how fast cycling goes...

My 55 gallon has been set up with plants since 2011 and currently there is a constant new addition or two of red cherry barb babies, usually after a largish water change. Harlequin rasboras are doing fantastic, too!
So many plants that I was going to give some to a friend I go to college with for his tank, but now that I have this new one I believe I'll just be putting them in it!
My 55 gal is a JUNGLE so this is good


ANYWAYS. Mom wants guppies in this new tank... our water is too soft though and lower pH, I'll be using some kind of white sand (Where can I get this/what kind...? Pool filter sand??), and for plants duckweed and Java fern, some anubias, and I might as well cut out some Vals from my 55 gal while I'm at it because in the last two months they have put out "root shooters" and spread like wildfire.
To raise the pH and hardness for guppies, I'm going to be using Shells from the ocean... I've heard mixed opinions about this and I'll see how it goes for myself.

I'll be trying for a pH around 8.
Any tank mate suggestions for guppies, that also like this pH? Probably no other livebearers..
And how would an all-male group go?

If I have to have males and females I would love a fish that would eat the fry, yet not the adults....


Final parameters should be 7.5-8.5 pH, and if only guppies a temp of 75-78 degrees F. I will be able to tweak the temperature some to accommodate other fish, within the guppies' preferences.
Also note that being hexagonal, it is a taller tank.

Thanks for any help or suggestions!

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Old 07-15-2014, 09:16 AM   #2
 
Hey there, iv heard that rainbowfish, Bolivian rams, glowlight tetras, and cories do well in high ph. Most fish dont really care about hard water. Right now i have 6 neon tetras and a dwarf gourami in with my guppies and other than the occasional nip from the gourami, my guppies do great. Gourami's are also good in water with a PH around 7.5. PH isnt usually a issue, guppies do great with a large variety of PH's so dont limit yourself based on them.

Guppies will eat there own fry. From the sounds of it you dont want fry, so a group of males would be just fine. If you dont want babies i wouldnt recomend any females. The parents in most cases will eat the fry but if the fry are good hiders and are supplied with plant coverage, they may still be able to live and thrive in your aquarium. I have 3 guppies, 1 male, 2 females. I have had close to 100 fry since march when i added them. Most get eaten but there are always a few survivors. Some i didnt even know where there. Angel fish are also fry eaters if you think you might like one for your tank. Except angels dont do to well in a PH of 8, they like more acidic water.

Like i said though, guppies arent very demanding when it comes to PH, they can live in a wide range.

Hope I could help, let me know how it goes and what you choose! :)
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:41 AM   #3
 
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Bolivian rams and rainbows do great in higher ph. Glowlights, cories, and angelfish dont really care about ph, though they do like it a little lower but they dont care. Guppies will do fine in lower ph, but since you want to increase it they will be happier. Angelfish are great fry eaters, but they will sometimes go after adults. You could go some kribensis, they like higher ph and will eat some fry. Also danios like higher ph so you could do a nice school of them (they will eat the fry also). Guppies do eat their own fry, but in a big tank most will survive.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:40 PM   #4
 
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Thanks both of you! I will come back to this for reference once I get my guppies in the tank and am trying to decide what else to add!

Just put about 3 inches of quickrete play sand in my tank... letting it settle! Then adding some rocks, shells, and plants. Hopefully in the morning.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:36 AM   #5
 
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Ya a pair of kribensis or bolivians would be really nice. Most rainbow will outgrow a 29, so stick to the dwarf rainbow types. Post some pics of the progress you are making with the tank
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:18 AM   #6
 
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Thanks! I've had three guppies in there for a few days now, doing great. Also moved a very large piece of driftwood from my established tank into it, with several plants... I don't think it will even need a "cycle".
I'll try and get the pictures I have up today!
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:57 PM   #7
 
sounds great! :)
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