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revmattchoo 01-05-2009 10:14 AM

Guppies dying
I have 2 otocinclus in a 5 gallon tank that are doing well. I had 3 male guppies in too, but 2 of them have died already in a 2 day period. I added salt to the aquarium some time before I put them in. Why would 2 out of 3 die? I'm keeping an eye on the last one to see what he does.

fishman09 01-05-2009 10:25 AM

could be to stressed, also if you have that many fish you should definetly think about upgrading to a ten gallon because that is the minumum for guppys, here is a good site to look at the tank size for fish, how big they get so you will know next time,,,

1077 01-05-2009 10:27 AM

First off, Otocinclus don't do well with salt. I would test the water or have it tested at fish store to see if parameters are within safe levels.

revmattchoo 01-05-2009 01:13 PM

What would be a good collection of fish for a 5 gallon aquarium?

1077 01-06-2009 02:36 AM

Were it me . I would put no more than five male guppies or no more than six neon tetras, or no more than six sparkling gouramis,no more than five forktail rainbows, no more than six Endlers livebearers or no more than one betta.

Little-Fizz 01-15-2009 07:38 AM

A betta is perfect for a 5 gallon... I don't know about 5 guppies in a 5 gallon though, thats a little packed IMO.

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