Letting guppies give birth in community tank?
So I enjoy having guppies, however my local fish stores haven't had very nice males lately but they had some really pretty females. I got four and took them home. I'm not surprised, but I'm pretty sure they're pregnant. :roll:
Right now they're in a 30 gallon with diamond tetras, neon tetras, panda garras and some ghost shrimp. My question is if I can just leave the females in the tank and what happens to the fry happens. I'm not really looking to keep any fry, but if some survive, that's cool too.
Is this cruel of me?
If you let them give birth in the community tank the chances are most fry will probably get eaten. But if you have lots of hiding spaces you may find a short amount will survive. Personally i don't think its cruel as sometimes its for the best to let them give berth in a community tank to stop them multiplying to fast and becoming a problem. Unless you have spare tanks and equipment that you could use to raise all the fry and then re home them. The best option IMO would be to let them give berth in the tank
Agree entirely with stetez in that I don't consider this cruel at all. The fact that the fry are prone to being eaten is a major contributor to so many fry being produced. In the wild only a very small proportion of the fry would survive. We don't consider it cruel to feed live daphnia, brine shrimp etc. Personally I would let them take their chances in the tank and the stronger/wiser/luckier ones will survive, depending what else you have in the tank you may still find that you start to get swamped by guppy fry.
Thank you for your replies! This makes me feel better. I have a decent amount of plants and some hiding spots, so we'll see what happens. Thanks again! :-D
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