03-30-2011, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jschristian44
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?