Originally Posted by alidawn15
Forgot to put in my water is hard but I can't remember what the other word was they used. I haven't ever seen guppies mentioned as ammonia machines...snails of course but not guppies. My male betta is a rather strange case. He schools with the 5 neons and he's been doing it for over a month so it's clearly not him hunting them. I have someone else who can take the guppy in if anything happens and I plan to watch them for quite a while after I put him in. None of the fish in the tank were sick or swimming strangely (just nipped fins). My boyfriend who wasn't into fish at all when I brought home the betta picked out and bought Spongebob's pineapple for the guppy to hide in, because the only thing I have interested in the flower pots are the ghost shrimp. I'd hate for this fish to die in that jar if it's not enough. I just wonder how I managed to quarantine a group of 3 and then 2 neons in the .5 gallon without any issues?
Snails arent as bad on ammonia as you may thing, of course a mystery snail seems to be the worse of the snails.
Neon tetra have a lot less bio load that a guppy. It isnt necessarily just their poop that goes into measuring a fish's bio load. Pleco and goldfish have some of the highest bio loads.
Guppies dont tend to hide too often in things (my 29g use to be home to up to over a dozen guppies at one point). Once in a while a guppy might swim through something, but most often they spend most of their time in the top part of the tank wondering around, and swim all about the other levels of the tank exploring and trying to find things to get into. They are a very irritating fish to other fish that prefer calm slower fish.
I have heard of some people housing a betta with guppies successfully... but I never followed up to see how well it turned out weeks or months into it. Guppies are generally seen by the betta as a threat... normally due to the coloration with the long fins. (I guess in all fairness guppies sold these days are rather short tailed but once you get them the right environment and food, their finnage can be amazing! I raised guppies with tails so long and flowing their butts couldnt hold them up!)
Anyways, what I am trying to say is... I have a male betta. I know him very well. He has been housed with neons, loaches, rasboras, shrimp (unsuccessfully...he ate it), snails, otos, ADFs, and other things. He puts up with a lot of unusual tankmates. I still wouldnt put a guppy in his tank, ever, for the sake of the guppy.
I am glad you have a back up plan, that is smart.
A half gallon quarantine isnt bad if it is an establish tank to support the bio load. If the environment isnt controlled, and you have no way of telling the water parameters then you never know if that water change schedule is enough to keep their water safe for them. Even if they dont die from an ammonia spike you didnt catch in time right away, it can impact their internals and kill them in days, weeks, or months later... and it will definitely leave the fish vulnerable to illness and disease since the ammonia and stress weakens their immune system.
Just my thoughts on it.