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Fancy Guppies Help?
After being told that fancy guppies are perfect for beginners (Im not a beginner BTW) I figured that they would be a nice addition to my 120g community tank. I went ahead and bought 2 because the colours were amazing. Now i'm hearing things like they are known to catch disease? Is this true?
Also any other info would be helpful. Thanks!
The last one has a dedicated forum to which I belong. It's very helpful and some of the members here are also members there.
Guppies for Aquariums
Guppy care | Fancy guppy
guppies - Guppy Diseases
i certainly agree that guppies are very addictive once you start buying and breeding you are hooked :)!!!! as for the hardiness of them it really depends on where you buy them and in turn where they originated... for example almost all big name national pet dealers buy them from Asia. now these guppies are used to a steril environment with daily water changes so they have little to no immune system. however if you buy from the smaller mom and pop type of place they often get thiers from local breeders. this great because not only are the fish healthy and less stressed they are used to our water and general practices for care... if you get lucky and get some from a big dealer that are able to handle the transition then any off spring will be great as they age.... as for disease they are generally very healthy little guys and girls and do well once they make the transition of course....
Thanks for the help! I read this from one of those links
i personally do not use salt in my tanks at all... i have heard of other who do but it is certainly not a requirement...
Ok thanks! I noticed that they sell these at every pet store from LPS, to Petsmart, and none of them mention brackish water for guppies. I was hoping it wasn't the same case as the Fiddler crab that I bought, which needed brackish. Thanks for the help!
To convert to brackish you need to do this slowly, by disolving 1 tbsp of teh salt in some water (about 1 cup), preferably from the aquarium, stir it up and pour it in. NEVER ever put the salt directly into the tank, it burns the scales and recovery is from that is hard and sometimes impossibe. In another few days repeat, repeat until you have the required amount of salt. I've heard some people say don't use kosher or table salt and some say it's ok, so that's a foggy area for me.
Keep in mind also the salt may not be good for certain freshwater plants.
Here's a link to read over explaining all that and the types of salt to use:
The Skeptical Aquarist
Aquriangel....i have read and questioned this in other places and i thank you for your insight..... i do have a question though as it pertains to my own breeding project..... if the fry never have experience with brackish water and then are put into it will that have an adverse effect on the fry? i only ask because as stated i do not use salt but in the future when my little ones are large enough to sell i want to be sure that the LFS or new owner (for privet sales) dont do anything to harm the fish.... i like to think i am a responsible breeder and would like to deal with responsible people as well.... as i am most likely not going to cover cost it certainly is not for the money but more to continue expansion of my tanks and various fish projects...
sorry to have jumped in here with my own questions but, what better way to gain knowlage.... lol
lol jk, I always do that too. Saves from having similar threads over and over again:-)
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