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Andarial 03-02-2011 11:48 AM

Guppies harassing one guppy
 
I have four male guppies in my tank, I was planning on getting six and originally had six but two died. But then I got a internal parasite thing that I'm still treating for and right now don't feel comfortable adding anymore to the tank until after the parasites are gone. But I've noticed that three of my four males are harassing my largest one.

My tank is 25 gallons and the water parameters are

Ammonia: 0-0.25 ppm (I know it's a little high but it will be better today)
Nitrite:0 ppm
PH:7.6
Nitrates:40 ppm (I know once again high but once again it will be better today after the pwc)

There are three rainbows in the tank, one pleco, one striped peacock eel and some ghost shrimp and a red claw crab.

The other guppies are making this one really stressed and he's gasping down on the bottom, sometimes, though sometimes they leave him alone. There is no serious nipping at fins or scales just a lot of chasing and displaying, is there any reason and is there anything I can do to stop it? This aquarium is not planted by the way.

froggle1 03-02-2011 07:56 PM

You Need Females!
 
They might be hurting this male because you dont have any females.

Andarial 03-02-2011 08:05 PM

But guppies breed like crazy and I really don't want babies ._. should I not have guppies?

leogtr 03-02-2011 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Andarial (Post 606830)
I have four male guppies in my tank, I was planning on getting six and originally had six but two died. But then I got a internal parasite thing that I'm still treating for and right now don't feel comfortable adding anymore to the tank until after the parasites are gone. But I've noticed that three of my four males are harassing my largest one.

My tank is 25 gallons and the water parameters are

Ammonia: 0-0.25 ppm (I know it's a little high but it will be better today)
Nitrite:0 ppm
PH:7.6
Nitrates:40 ppm (I know once again high but once again it will be better today after the pwc)

There are three rainbows in the tank, one pleco, one striped peacock eel and some ghost shrimp and a red claw crab.

The other guppies are making this one really stressed and he's gasping down on the bottom, sometimes, though sometimes they leave him alone. There is no serious nipping at fins or scales just a lot of chasing and displaying, is there any reason and is there anything I can do to stop it? This aquarium is not planted by the way.

yess you can stop them by blowing bubbles in their faces. I know it sounds weird but if you get the cyphon tube and blow bubble towards them they'll stop. You'll have to do it when their being mean to the other fish and you have to say to them"stop it dont be mean!" once you do that several times they'll know that when they want to bother the other fish that they'll get blown bubbles at for being mean. I have tried this with one of my fish who used to be mean and now she stopped. Once they are conditioned all you have to do is tell them to stop being mean and they'll stop because they will remember the bubbles. You have to make sure to tell them to stop right after you blow the bubbles at them for that to work!

good luck!

froggle1 03-03-2011 07:51 AM

Selling Fry
 
If you have friends that want guppy fry, you can give some to them.You can also sell them to your local pet store if they accept them.


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