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RubyWhisper 04-17-2008 02:19 AM

poor little guppies
Some kid brought about 2 dozen guppies to our science class in a tiny vace. It's a quarter gallon at most. I actually don't even know if they're guppies, but they're small and white.
Well, they sat in the vace over a weekend, and when we came back none of them were dead, but the teacher was gone, they were all piled on the bottom, and the water was white with mucky stuff. I changed about half of the water, but I'm surprised they didn't float up dead right then because the tap water at the school is gross and the water pressure wasn't exactly gentle.
Still, none of them died and about 10 minutes later they started swimming around again, so I gave them some generic tropical fish flakes crushed up and they ate it. They still weren't dead half an hour later, so they're hearty little buggers.
Have they got a prayer? Our teacher came back yesterday and moved them into a beaker today, but is there anything I could do to help them not die? What should I do?


mitcore 04-17-2008 04:28 AM

if there are indeed guppys or even any form of tropical fish them they will need a tank and heater and air, or they will die, quite strange they didnt die over the weekend, maybe you can suggest this to the school and offer to care for them over the weekend and holidays, they will need proper care and cleaning to be done

Flashygrrl 04-17-2008 05:48 AM

Need like a 15-20 gallon for that sort of thing...good time to teach the other kids about responsibility and cycling and all that.

RubyWhisper 04-17-2008 08:25 PM

I checked the guppy database and no, they are not guppies, unless guppies come in a short-finned variety. they are a bit smaller/ rounder, have short fins, are whitish/ translucent, and have a bit of red/ orange on their heads. I don't think any have died, because I haven't seen any dead ones and I am in 1st period, so our teacher wouldn't have time to get them out.

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