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PenninInk 08-17-2009 11:22 PM

Help Me Fill My Tank!
After losing my dear Bianco, I realized two things,

1. Bettas are beautiful, but made of heartache


2. I love having fish

So while I'm swearing off Bettas for the time being, at least until I have more experience and the loss of Bianco isn't so fresh, I do have a brand new 10 gallon tank to stock.

Right now it's depressing to look at, nothing but brown and tan gravel and a hand-me-down castle from my mom which I don't much like, tell you the truth. On Wednesday I'm going to the local aquarium store to get two beautiful fancy guppies.

So, any suggestions what else to get? I'm going to stick with the guppies for now, but I think we all know they're not going to have the tank to themselves for long.

Krinedawg 08-18-2009 12:02 AM

I have some albino catfish in with mine, fun to watch them swim around the tank. They are a shoaling fish and don't like to be alone, I have 5 in my tank, and it's like they are playing tag with each other. I like having them because of them being white, sets off the contrast and colors of the other fish. I had a bumble bee catfish at one time, he was not small fish friendly as my LFS said he was. I gave him to a friend with angels.
Just a thought, I'm sure you will enjoy your guppies, all trillion of them.

PenninInk 08-18-2009 12:17 AM


Mom has a bumblebee cat, when she tried to replace all the tank buildings with rocks, it settled into its favorite lighthouse and refused to get out. Even when mom took it out of the water, it refused to budge. She tried to push it out, and it stuck out its spines at her.

The lighthouse stayed.

Krinedawg 08-18-2009 12:23 AM

LOL, Mine was temperamental too, He ate a danio, and 2 guppies before I realized he was eating them. They are a nice looking fish, but stubborn and mean. Just like I want to be when I get

Fishin Pole 08-18-2009 01:20 PM

funny you mentioned bumblebee catfish...............I didnt see mine for about 4 months (thought he was dead and eaten) and then just the other night i noticed him stirring sand up from under his piece of driftwood.................took my flashlight, and low and behold there he was staring back at me.........I have never had any aggression issues with him, but i have rarely seen him in the 2 years i have him, so it might be hard to say.........The only other bottom dwellers are 6 cories who never bother anyone............

PenninInk 08-21-2009 12:26 AM

The Good: I got my guppies! Three of them. Ponyo has a fiery orange tail, Lotus has a flamboyant black-and-red tail, and Plasma is electric blue from the lower half down to her tail fin. I'm considering them all girls until something proves me wrong.

The Bad: My mom's digital camera is evil and won't let me get a clear shot. Thus, no piccies.

FishySuzy 08-21-2009 03:25 PM

Check the Anal Fin. If it's like a fan, then it's a girl, if it's like a pin, a boy.

PenninInk 08-23-2009 12:36 AM

Thanks, but I think I'll wait to see if one of 'em gets knocked up. I kinda like thinking of them as my girls.

Though, I might end up checking anyway, 'cause I'm nosey. ^.^

Oldman47 08-23-2009 11:55 AM

They are very easy to sex and you do want to know. If you have 3 females, you have fry coming and need to be ready for them. I have pictures of a similar fish that is sexed the same way. As FishySuzy said the female has a fan shaped anal fin, the fin right next to where they eliminate waste. This is a female.
The male has an anal fin that is more of a line shape and is called a gonopodium. This is a male of the same species.
Guppies are sexed exactly the same way but the gonopodium on a guppy is not as long as the one on my Heterandria. Same shape though.

PenninInk 08-23-2009 11:41 PM

I did check, and they're not fan-shaped. But I like their names, and I like thinking of them as my girls, even though they all have gonopodia.

So I'm being a bit like a falconer* here. Regardless of sex, my guppies are girls.

...even though they aren't.


*falconers traditionally refer to all their birds as "she", regardless of their actual sex. Random tidbit of the day.

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