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gunmetal 03-26-2008 05:54 PM

stock 29 gallon tank
I am looking for some advice in regards to stocking my 29 gallon tank. I am somewhat familiar with small aquariums but am a first time guppy owner. i am curious as to how many guppies i should keep in this tank after my pregnant females drop. currently i have as follows:

1-common pleco
2-redeye tetras
2-neon tetras (may get more)
6-assorted guppies (3 male, 3 female)most are gunmetal colors

I know my guppy ratio is out of balance for such a small quantity. i am not interested in major breeding setups but would like to stock mostly guppies (i have 2 pregnant guppies in a 10gallon birthing tank separated by a partition anxiously awaiting birth)

any advice on this situation would be greatly apretiated, especial in regards to the proper number of guppies to add to my tank.


crazy4fish 03-26-2008 06:27 PM

you should have more females than males. i wouldnt get any more until the ones that are already pregnant give birth. you have to have room in your tank to raise them.

gunmetal 03-28-2008 08:22 AM

thanks for the info. I don't plan on buying any more fish. i am just curious as to how many of the fry i should keep without overstocking my tank.

also on a separate note; a ot of breeding sites say to keep males and females separate to avoid unwanted breeding but would this cause the males to fight? (i'm deffinately not getting into large scale breeding)

crazy4fish 03-29-2008 09:29 PM

the males shouldnt fight. i have 2-3 males with 1 female (i know the numbers are off but i have some babies i plan on keeping) and the males dont even fight eachother for the female. it would be a good idea to keep them seperated not only to avoid unwanted breeding but the males will constantly bug the females and they need a break sometimes.

as for how many to have a decent amount of room so.....i would keep 2-3 of the babies. (all females). this will help to keep the males from harrassing one or two females to death.

do you raise the young in a seperate tank?

Flashygrrl 03-30-2008 05:15 AM

You've got to find a new home for the pleco, if it's common. Something around the 75 gallon range. As of now your tank should be considered overstocked until you get rid of it.

crazy4fish 03-30-2008 08:46 AM

how big do the common plecs get?

gunmetal 03-30-2008 09:21 AM

The Pleco gets BIG not sure of the size. He is going into a friends tank when he outgrows mine.
Yes, i have a separate 10gallon tank for breeding and raising fry, although i am only going to use this method as long as space in both my tank and those of friends and family allow. i have homes for quite a few fry at the moment. after that i will leave fry in the main tank as a form of population control.

Falina 03-30-2008 12:19 PM

I would be inclined to get a few more females rather than waiting for the fry to be old enough to sex and then keeping a few of those females. That way you lessen the chances of inbreeding.

Lupin 03-30-2008 07:37 PM


Originally Posted by crazy4fish
how big do the common plecs get?

12 inches and over.

okiemavis 03-30-2008 09:49 PM

The first result for "pleco" in google images:

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