red tail guppy dead - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 03-30-2011, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
red tail guppy dead

so last night i was looking in my tank and found my oldest and only full grown guppy was limping on the bottom and like turning upside down like he couldn't swim. it was like he was stumbling. then a few moments later i saw a snail like sucking on his body and keeping him down. i took him out and put him in ice cold water than froze him and killed him. i didnt want him to suffer because it looks like he was and it was inevitable he was gonna die. i am pretty sure it was a male and wasnt a female that was giving birth or anything like that. i am just curious why he did that. there was no real change in anything at all. did i do the right thing? how long do grown guppies live?
jschristian44 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 Old 03-30-2011, 02:08 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jschristian44 View Post
so last night i was looking in my tank and found my oldest and only full grown guppy was limping on the bottom and like turning upside down like he couldn't swim. it was like he was stumbling. then a few moments later i saw a snail like sucking on his body and keeping him down. i took him out and put him in ice cold water than froze him and killed him. i didnt want him to suffer because it looks like he was and it was inevitable he was gonna die. i am pretty sure it was a male and wasnt a female that was giving birth or anything like that. i am just curious why he did that. there was no real change in anything at all. did i do the right thing? how long do grown guppies live?

The guppy lifespan average is 3 years. Some live it out in 1.5 years, and others as long as 5 years with amazing care from owners.

If as a youngster tank water is kept warmer, they will grow faster, but will have a shorter lifespan in water temps warmer than 76F-ish. However in cooler waters (72-76F) they grow slower but tend to live longer.

Their lifespan is also based on their pH and water hardness they are kept in and how they were acclimated to it. Guppies prefer a higher pH and med-hard water.

How long have you had your guppy? Can you tell if there was any ammonia, nitrites, or anything else that could have killed him? Were any other fish acting different? Could it have been a parasite?

*They call me, Amanda*
Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
LasColinasCichlids is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 03-30-2011, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
i was just starting to feed my fish bananaworms. could parasites live on those? should i just forget them?
jschristian44 is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 03-30-2011, 04:10 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jschristian44 View Post
i was just starting to feed my fish bananaworms. could parasites live on those? should i just forget them?
Good question. I suppose so, as banana worms are nematodes. We would have to see if anyone more familiar with parasites and banana worms can comfirm this or not, as it isnt something I am exactly familiar with.

You can try posting a new thread asking if banana worms can cause or become a parasite, or you can try and PM some of the more knowledgable members such as BettaBaby, Byron, or Lupin...I would hope they wouldnt mind me referring you to them, as I know they are very knowledgable.

*They call me, Amanda*
Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
LasColinasCichlids is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
guppy tail damage.. help please moonrvr64 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 4 02-11-2011 12:13 PM
Dead Guppy And Filter which is VERY NOISY......... thefishboy Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 20 02-06-2011 01:02 AM
dead guppy every couple of days! ghostgirl Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 6 10-30-2010 11:44 PM
pregnant guppy dead, eggs extracted DaDman Livebearers 5 12-03-2008 01:28 PM
Death due to water change?.. Dead Guppy GregV Tropical Fish Diseases 3 11-07-2007 11:02 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome