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shadow23 01-04-2011 08:13 PM

Can some one tell me!!!!!
 
how can i stop my guppies from dying???

is it cus my tank is not heated??? or need help of how take care of feeder guppies..

Kazzy 01-04-2011 08:15 PM

Ok, first off I do believe you need a heater for guppies. What's the temp in the tank?

Secondly, is the tank cycled? How big is it? How many guppies? What are the water parameters (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, etc.)?

shadow23 01-04-2011 08:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kazzy (Post 551059)
Ok, first off I do believe you need a heater for guppies. What's the temp in the tank?

Secondly, is the tank cycled? How big is it? How many guppies? What are the water parameters (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, etc.)?

the tank is cold, i am getting a heater for it. what does cycled mean? its about 1 gallon tank lol. rite now 1, which he is freezing. ph is around 7.5 -7.8.

Kazzy 01-04-2011 08:28 PM

Cycling is basically the process of accumulating beneficial bacteria that break down ammonia and nitrites which are poisonous to fish.Does the tank have a filter?
Here is a link about cycling: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/
And here is the profile for guppies: Guppy (Poecilia reticulata) Profile

Read carefully through both of those as it will greatly help your situation!

DanMarion 01-04-2011 08:41 PM

You should think about getting a betta or some shrimp or a couple dwarf frogs instead... I don't think 1 gallon is acceptable for guppies.

shadow23 01-05-2011 05:27 PM

Thanks for the post Kazzy.i know what cycling was but didnt know what to call it. when i use to do it in my other tank not this one. btw i learned a lot from that link.

Kazzy 01-05-2011 05:44 PM

Good deal

Maceman121 01-06-2011 10:35 AM

Dan, while I would agree with you, he did call them feeder guppies. I doubt he plans them living past a few meal times as such.

But yes, even with feeders, I would recommend dishing out $50 and get a five to ten gallon tank (PETCO is doing their $1 per gallon special again), and set up the guppy tank properly, with heater, levels tested and proper filtration. After all, even with feeder's, if they get sick and weak, whatever they have will be turned over to whoever ends up eating them.

Kazzy 01-06-2011 11:10 AM

What Maceman said...

Stress can induce a plethora of different diseases and illnesses to the fish, which in turn, if you are feeding the guppies to other fish, will be transferred over to them. Why not set up a little planted 10 gallon and maybe have a go at breeding the guppies yourself? Would be a pretty little tank to look at, and would produce free food for your other fish.

shadow23 01-06-2011 04:26 PM

sorry to respond late... actually i dont like the idea having feeder guppies as acutaly feeding them. you know i can feed them dead, so why would it matter? i dont want to feed them, just want them to grow and breed. i never really actually bread a fish before so yea.. i would agree with kazzy in this situation.


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