Originally Posted by MsSneakieZ
I started my 10 gallon about a month ago and put some ghost shrimp in after it was 2 weeks old. I have finally put in some guppies though and I'm really excited to see how they go.
I just got a pair of fancy guppies, 1m 1f.
My questions though:
1. I want to be able to feed guppy fry when/if they ever come so I was thinking about getting a small cheap tank-like thing to hatch brine shrimp in. Is there a good container you know of or do you suggest something else?
2. As the guppies will eventually populate the tank with fry, how would I go about getting rid of them? I mean, what sort of fish stores should I ask about giving fish fry to (can only small stores accept fish from people, like a chain store such as Uncle Bill's couldn't take them)? I live in Indianapolis if that helps; I don't know of many local fish stores are around.
3. Do you think I could have more than 2 guppies in a 10 gallon? I was thinking about getting one more pair but I want to make sure it's not too many for that small a tank. (I have 4 ghost shrimp if that makes a difference.)
4. Could I get a plecostamus for the tank too? I know they eventually grow very large, but could I get a smaller one now while I only have this small tank (I'm planning on getting a larger one later on)?
I want to breed guppies as a hobby but I wouldn't be against making a little change on the side if possible.
1.) As far as I know guppies are able to eat finely crushed flake food. I read another post with a memeber have very finely crushed food in a bad and dips a wet toothpick in the bag and then into the tank to feed the babies. So you will probably not need to feed them baby brine shrimp, or anything more complicated than that. The fry are big enough to eat flakes. Baby brine shrimp, and other live foods like micro-worms ect are used for smaller fry like those from bettas that are too small to eat flakes right after birth.
2.) Well some big chain stores can take your fry. However you will probably need to raise them to the same size that the pet stores sell the other fish at. Also because live bearers produce like crazy and are very cheap you probably will get little to no money for them, but at least its a place for the fish to go.
3.) I am not sure if adding another guppy would make your tank overstocked but you should add one more female because a 1m - 2f ratio is desired because they can share the harassment from the male. If you plan on having the female give birth in the main tank, there should be lots of hiding spots for the babies or else they will become the parents own food.
4.) Although plecos look small, most that I am aware of will get way too big for that tank. And probably bigger than any tank you are thinking of getting. Plecos although clean little areas in the tank they have a huge bio-load and will quickly pollute your water and need a bigger filtration because they poop a lot. Its just not a road you would want to go down, also if plans fall through then you will need to work on relocating them, which can provide another head ache later on.
Edit: Just a note one guppy can have over 50 fry at once time. Your tank will be quickly over stocked. Also if a chance happens that your second female gets pregnant (if you get one) then you could have 100+ babies at one time, and expect another 100+ every month, because they usually reproduce every month. And I dont believe you can give fry to the petstore until 2 months of age.