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Joe1985 08-08-2012 10:05 PM

guppies
 
thinking about getting some guppies or any kind of live bearer to put in my 55g for now instead of a schooling tetra, what is everyones favorite live bearer? and would they be ok with angels as i hear they pick at them?

LyzzaRyzz 08-09-2012 12:36 AM

Actually it depends on your water quality. Guppies, mollies and other live bearers are hard water fish, and if your tank already has angels in it, im assuming you have softer water, which is what angel fish live in.
Keeping live bearers in soft water can have bad health issues, and even stress them to the point of death. Theres alot more that goes into it, but i shouldn't be the one to get too technical.

Also, guppies have flowing fins, and from what i remember, angels are fin nippers. Guppies may also be to boisterous for angels.

1077 08-09-2012 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Joe1985 (Post 1190954)
thinking about getting some guppies or any kind of live bearer to put in my 55g for now instead of a schooling tetra, what is everyones favorite live bearer? and would they be ok with angels as i hear they pick at them?

I,(8/2 of this month) and Byron have attempted to help suggest fishes that thrive in the soft water you have stated you have.
All of the lievbearer's prefer hard water to do well over the long haul.
Sure some of them might do well for a few week's,month's, but more of them will fair poorly.

Olympia 08-09-2012 12:45 PM

Celebes halfbeaks are livebearers that do well in acidic waters. Most halfbeak species do pretty well in that water, minus wrestling halfbeaks, which are more brackish.

Probably nothing like what you were looking for though.

jayla2251 08-09-2012 04:47 PM

I've kept guppies and angels together a few years ago. The angels only went after the fry. Never noticed them going after their fins.

Joe1985 08-10-2012 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by jayla2251 (Post 1191973)
I've kept guppies and angels together a few years ago. The angels only went after the fry. Never noticed them going after their fins.

as i can get them cheap i may aswell put a few in see how it goes, thanks guys

jennesque 08-11-2012 01:46 PM

They're only as cheap as you value their lives. Your fish's lives are in your hands; don't you want to provide them with the best possible environment?
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Joe1985 08-12-2012 06:16 AM

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Originally Posted by jennesque (Post 1194546)
They're only as cheap as you value their lives. Your fish's lives are in your hands; don't you want to provide them with the best possible environment?
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well if they dont do well ill put them in one of my other tanks, problem solved

1077 08-14-2012 07:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Joe1985 (Post 1195920)
well if they dont do well ill put them in one of my other tanks, problem solved


Not if you have same soft water in other tank's.
Live bearer's such as mollies,guppies,platy's,swordtails thrive in hard, alkaline water.(which you indicate you don't have.)
Seldom do well for long in soft acidic water .When kept in water that does not suit them ,they slowly (or quickly) weaken ,and symptom's such as finrot,fungus,shimmying,are commonly observed.
It is the mineral content in hard water that these fish need that is lacking in soft acidic water.
If you can't ,won't, provide suitable condition's that fish need in order to thrive,,then leav em at the fish store for those who will,can.

Joe1985 08-15-2012 12:25 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 1198876)
Not if you have same soft water in other tank's.
Live bearer's such as mollies,guppies,platy's,swordtails thrive in hard, alkaline water.(which you indicate you don't have.)
Seldom do well for long in soft acidic water .When kept in water that does not suit them ,they slowly (or quickly) weaken ,and symptom's such as finrot,fungus,shimmying,are commonly observed.
It is the mineral content in hard water that these fish need that is lacking in soft acidic water.
If you can't ,won't, provide suitable condition's that fish need in order to thrive,,then leav em at the fish store for those who will,can.

understand what your saying, but i wish to keep them so they are happy, wat can i do/add to my tank to ensure the water is hard??


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