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redchigh 03-19-2010 06:09 PM

I WISH something would eat my guppy fry...
 
Is there anything that will go in a 10G, leave adult guppies alone, but eat the occasional guppy fry?

I was thinking the parents would... I thought I was OK- I saw about 10 fry earlier, and thought no biggie.

An hour or two later, I moved my hornwort clump... and TONS of fry swam out (at least 20 more!)

I can sell guppies, but not that many!

Would ghost shrimp be my best bet? I had one that ate fry occasionally... but not enough to really put a dent in the population.

The tank stock:
Pond snails
Ramshorn snails
MTS
Guppies

Anyone have any suggestions?
I know of a few that would work... like there's a tiny pike livebearer I considered.. (3-4 inches) but I'm afraid he might be too effective. I'd like 1 or 2 fry to survive a month, but not 30 like it looks like now.

I do have extra tanks, but I'd rather not spread "the guppy's curse"
(Something that will tolerate a PH of 6.5-7.5 would be best)

LisaC144 03-19-2010 06:29 PM

When the fry get a bit larger, how about just giving them to the LFS instead of finding something to eat them?

redchigh 03-19-2010 06:42 PM

trust me. I would if I could.

If anyone wants me to send them 20 guppies maybe you could reimburse me?

I don't have a LFS anywhere around here that will take them.

redchigh 03-19-2010 06:45 PM

A big chain moved in town a couple years ago and put the two decent LFS out of business...

Oldfishlady 03-19-2010 06:48 PM

Get you a nice male or female Betta splendens, they love guppy fry, I raise guppies just for my bettas....

redchigh 03-19-2010 11:58 PM

I'd like something I can put in the tank with the guppies though... wouldn't a male betta be threatened by the long finnage of the fancy guppies?

Don't want him to massacre all the males :/

Bhack91 03-20-2010 12:05 AM

dwarf gourami? Im not sure just a guess tbh. I know in my 29 i got a oscar and a red devil, not to keep permantely but to wipe out the molly fry so I could revamp my tank. I ended up keeping the oscar for a while in my 55g but got rid of him in the end. Maybe female bettas if your worried about the aggression, Im hard pressed to think of anything else lol.

iamntbatman 03-20-2010 03:53 AM

How big are your adults? I have some Badis badis that make short work of any small fish but you'd want to make sure your adults are above a certain size threshold to avoid being eaten themselves. I'm not sure I'd count on any fry surviving to adulthood though, perhaps unless the tank was very heavily planted.

redchigh 03-20-2010 10:42 AM

well the tank is a moderately to heavily planted 10G.

I'm sure the guppies eat fry- the breeding population is just too high. I only have about 4 males and 10+ females, all pregnant and currently dropping fry every week or so.

So it's a problem.

Maybe about 6 ghost shrimp? but they can't catch them often...
or Long-arm shrimp if I can find some? I have no idea.

Oldfishlady 03-20-2010 11:13 AM

I keep male and female Bettas in with my guppies and have never had problems with either betta or male guppy confusing one species for another, I put my Bettas in my female tank with fry to condition them for spawning and population control, the male guppies are kept in tanks with male bettas for grow out. I have never had trouble....


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