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stew123 11-15-2012 01:54 AM

new member needing advice
I have always had fish for the last 3 years and love the hobbie very much. Whilst fish keeping I've watched guppies give birth and seen cross breeding but this time I have a little problem I've never encountered before, I have a juwel fish tank rio 125 and have only got 3 guppies In there alone 1 male 1 pregnant female and a slightly smaller none pregnant female and the problem is my pregnant female and the male swim and stay together all the time and whenever the none pregnant female goes near the other two my male isn't interested and my pregnant female attacks her and so she just hides or hovers near the top I have never seen this behaviour before in guppies so please help because I don't want to loose any fish

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Romad 11-15-2012 04:21 AM

Hi Stew - welcome to the forum :wave:

You should add more females to the tank. A good rule of thumb would be 1 male to 3 or 4 females so that the females don't get singled out. It sounds like you have plenty of room in that tank for more fish.

Canadian Fish 11-15-2012 07:53 AM

I look forward to seeing some pics of your tank!

stew123 11-15-2012 12:49 PM

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stew123 11-15-2012 12:55 PM

Thank you guys for replying and I will consider getting more females after looking today it apears my smaller female has just fell pregnant as she has two small dark spots on her gravid area and my heavily pregnant female now has stopped bullying her was it just a display of dominance or something because I've heard of males harrassing females but not two females but I'm glad there getting along together and thanks again for the replies also any idea on what other pieceful colourful fish other than neons to have with guppies ?
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fish monger 11-15-2012 01:30 PM

Platys are peaceful fish that come in many different color variations and their requirements are very similar to guppies'. Maybe some of the small barbs like cherry barbs or golden barbs would look nice. Although not usually colorful, some cory catfish add a lot of interest to a tank. Take a look at these in the fish profiles shown above and see what you think. Welcome to the site.

stew123 11-15-2012 02:05 PM

Thanks for welcoming me to the site and I I appreciate all your replies erm as a reply to adding platies to my tank in the past when I've had guppies and platies together my males seem to get confused in both types of fish and try cross breeding and sadly once my guppies was pregnant half way threw they kept dieing I guess I don't have much luck with these fish haha so do you have a tip on how to prevent this happening

fish monger 11-15-2012 02:24 PM

Well, I guess platys are off the list. What do you think about the barbs ? You need to look for fish that will do well in a broad range of water parameters and not be bullies to your guppies. I assume they are your favorites.

stew123 11-15-2012 02:31 PM

I would get platies again I just worry about my live bearers not breeding properly as its an achievement for me haha and I personally go for guppies because of how colourful they are and I love the little mating dislay the males do also I would get barbs but my local pet shop has always adviced me not too altho I like the look of barbs, when getting fish I mainly pick them because of there colour as I like my fish tank colourful and to stand out
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stew123 11-19-2012 05:19 PM

HEY GUYS JUST THOUGHT I'd LETT YOU ALL KNOW THAT THANKS to all your advice my female guppy has now successful gave birth to 20 fry :D sooo happy thanks guys
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