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jschristian44 03-30-2011 01:50 PM

red tail guppy dead
 
so last night i was looking in my tank and found my oldest and only full grown guppy was limping on the bottom and like turning upside down like he couldn't swim. it was like he was stumbling. then a few moments later i saw a snail like sucking on his body and keeping him down. i took him out and put him in ice cold water than froze him and killed him. i didnt want him to suffer because it looks like he was and it was inevitable he was gonna die. i am pretty sure it was a male and wasnt a female that was giving birth or anything like that. i am just curious why he did that. there was no real change in anything at all. did i do the right thing? how long do grown guppies live?

LasColinasCichlids 03-30-2011 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by jschristian44 (Post 633893)
so last night i was looking in my tank and found my oldest and only full grown guppy was limping on the bottom and like turning upside down like he couldn't swim. it was like he was stumbling. then a few moments later i saw a snail like sucking on his body and keeping him down. i took him out and put him in ice cold water than froze him and killed him. i didnt want him to suffer because it looks like he was and it was inevitable he was gonna die. i am pretty sure it was a male and wasnt a female that was giving birth or anything like that. i am just curious why he did that. there was no real change in anything at all. did i do the right thing? how long do grown guppies live?


The guppy lifespan average is 3 years. Some live it out in 1.5 years, and others as long as 5 years with amazing care from owners.

If as a youngster tank water is kept warmer, they will grow faster, but will have a shorter lifespan in water temps warmer than 76F-ish. However in cooler waters (72-76F) they grow slower but tend to live longer.

Their lifespan is also based on their pH and water hardness they are kept in and how they were acclimated to it. Guppies prefer a higher pH and med-hard water.

How long have you had your guppy? Can you tell if there was any ammonia, nitrites, or anything else that could have killed him? Were any other fish acting different? Could it have been a parasite?

jschristian44 03-30-2011 03:13 PM

i was just starting to feed my fish bananaworms. could parasites live on those? should i just forget them?

LasColinasCichlids 03-30-2011 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by jschristian44 (Post 633962)
i was just starting to feed my fish bananaworms. could parasites live on those? should i just forget them?

Good question. I suppose so, as banana worms are nematodes. We would have to see if anyone more familiar with parasites and banana worms can comfirm this or not, as it isnt something I am exactly familiar with.

You can try posting a new thread asking if banana worms can cause or become a parasite, or you can try and PM some of the more knowledgable members such as BettaBaby, Byron, or Lupin...I would hope they wouldnt mind me referring you to them, as I know they are very knowledgable.


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