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bindel2303 05-15-2008 11:25 PM

feeder guppies
 
Ok, so I'm re-setting up my tank and to test it I got some feeder guppies because they are the most similar in temperament and durability as the platys I was planing on buying, and really cheap. However after some reading I think I want to stick with guppies for the time being. I have a few questions about them that i could not find answered anywhere online, at least on with any assurance. For one, what makes them different from other guppies? Is it just that they are not as 'fancy' and because they are so prolific there are so many of them it is cheap to make them feeders? Also are they just adolescent guppies that will grow to the size of regular guppies or are they normally just a smaller fish than other guppies? Either way, at about what size should I expect them to reach sexual maturity?

Thanks for all the help!

Lupin 05-16-2008 01:15 AM

Re: feeder guppies
 
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Originally Posted by bindel2303
Ok, so I'm re-setting up my tank and to test it I got some feeder guppies because they are the most similar in temperament and durability as the platys I was planing on buying, and really cheap. However after some reading I think I want to stick with guppies for the time being. I have a few questions about them that i could not find answered anywhere online, at least on with any assurance. For one, what makes them different from other guppies? Is it just that they are not as 'fancy' and because they are so prolific there are so many of them it is cheap to make them feeders? Also are they just adolescent guppies that will grow to the size of regular guppies or are they normally just a smaller fish than other guppies? Either way, at about what size should I expect them to reach sexual maturity?

Thanks for all the help!

Correct. They're not selectively bred to obtain the flamboyant fins. They were only bred as feeders for predatory fish. All guppies are actually prolific. Only difference is appearance but still same species. Depending on the conditions provided, size varies, so does sexual maturity although expect several to be sexually matured in as early as a month. I loathe livebearers to be honest unless the other fish can really control the number of fry.:lol:

Oldman47 05-17-2008 05:25 AM

Unlike Lupin I really like livebearers but he is very right about population control. If you are not careful your guppies will breed themselves out of tank space.
As far as what are feeders, they breed so readily that they are cheap to produce as food for predators, but they are normal guppies that will grow larger and stay healthy if they are given good water conditions to live in.

fish_4_all 05-17-2008 04:56 PM

Breed them yourself and save more money. It will also result in a healthier feeder for your predators.

Make sure to gte new adults every 6 months or so and make sure to get them from different sources if possible. This will help keep the gene pool diverse and keep the generations healthier.

beweeb 05-20-2008 04:26 PM

fancy guppies breed slower than wild guppies

GuppyColorMaker 11-18-2008 07:41 PM

I love fancy guppies. Colors are amazing!


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