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Kathuzada 02-23-2011 04:39 AM

Is my male guppy ok alone?
I have a 10g tank that was bought as a result of my grandmother buying my daughter a goldfish in a very tiny bowl for her birthday without my ok. I was upset, but invested the money to buy a better tank. I understand that 10g is not enough for a goldfish, but seeing as how it was only .5 inch long at the time, I figured I could pull it off for 2 weeks till I got my next paycheck. Long story short, the goldfish died.

My daughter really wanted fish after this, so I bought a heater, cycled the tank and bought 2 male guppies and 5 females. Along with these... I bought 4 ghost shrimp and 1 apple snail.

The snail and shrimp have thrived, but all but one male guppy has died. I have tried introducing both males and females to the tank since, but he harasses them all so much and within a week they die! My guppy is gorgeous and healthy in appearance and attitude (other than being aggressive).

Three weeks ago, I added 7 cardinal tetras. So far he is not having any issues at all with them and they too seem healthy and thriving.

Both my daughter and I are in love with this guppy and do not want to risk losing him. Heck, he even takes frozen brine shrimp treats out of our hands! We have had him for about 8 months now, so he is considerably larger than most I can find at stores and I feel guilty with losing so many already just to lose them due to him being mean.

There are tons of hiding spots on all levels of the tank, so I do not feel that cover is an issue. My real question is this: Should I keep him alone in the tank and keep it as is now, or should I still try to introduce a few females to the tank again? I know that fry will be an issue that will occur with females, but I am prepared for that with someone willing to take them all and many extra tanks laying around ready to be set up.

Lupin 02-23-2011 04:43 AM

Welcome to TFK!

Yes, he'll be fine by himself. No need to add others if they don't work well for him. It's the space that also contributes to this issue. A lot of fish tend to harass their companions constantly when they become distressed from inadequate space.

Kathuzada 02-23-2011 05:00 AM

I have heard that a 10 gallon would be more than enough for well more than 1 and up till a few weeks ago, there were no tetras. Is 10g not enough for him to accept new tankmates of his own kind?

Lupin 02-23-2011 05:08 AM

It doesn't really apply to all guppies. There's always an exception and this one guppy you have seems to be one of You're better off adding other species than another guppy or he'll harass them to death again.

Kathuzada 02-23-2011 05:09 AM

So am I doing right by adding the Cardinals? I am somewhat new to the hobby, even though after my 8 months with this tank I am totally addicted!

Lupin 02-23-2011 05:28 AM

I don't see the issue with that although being sensitive to water parameters, you may need to watch the parameters closely. A heavily planted tank is quite appropriate for them.

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