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gmyers0203 05-27-2011 01:46 PM

Guppies not getting along?
My tropical livebearer tank has been set up since the beginning of March and I have had 3 platy, 3 black neon tetra, 1 molly and 1 male guppy in the tank. This week, I moved the 3 black neon tetra into my larger tank as they "fit in" better over there. Today, (not really thinking about it) I went to Petsmart and picked up two more fancy male guppy to add to my 20g. After acclimating them to the water, I placed them in the tank. As soon as they were in there, my first guppy (Tequila) began "dancing" around them and flashing his tail. Tequila and one of the others in particular don't seem to be getting along. Did I make a mistake on getting two more males? Should I have gotten females instead? Or will they get used to each other and hopefully live in harmony?

Thanks for any input! I am perfectly willing to take the two I just got back to Petsmart because I don't want to stress Tequila out too much.

NWfishRescue 05-27-2011 05:25 PM

Hi, I just got guppies too! I have 3 males and 3 females. The males dance around each other all the time when they aren't dancing around the females. I have a couple of hiding places so if any get tired of all the dancing they are able to take a break, and they do at times. I took some pictures today but haven't uploaded them yet.

I don't think there is anything wrong with the males and females being together. I have seen tanks with all males, and with all females. Mixing them will get you a lot of babies, however, so be ready for that! I am looking forward to babies as I want to rediscover the longer tailed fancy guppies of the past.


kris7047th 05-27-2011 06:45 PM

Hello all. I just found this forum :-) I have been out of the hobby for several years. I am now getting back into the hobby .. starting out small, and guppies only. I remember when I was a little girl back in the 1950's, my mom had an aquarium of Guppies .. so I have always held a fondness for them over the years. How the hobby has evolved since then and today's Guppies are gorgeous.

llexpress20 05-27-2011 10:24 PM

I got my first guppy because someone brought him back to the pet store because he was mean to their mollies. He does like to annoy all of the other fish, but he leaves the other male guppy alone. Sometimes I think he's trying to be whatever fish he is annoying---and he tries to mate with anything that moves:-)

kris7047th 05-28-2011 05:37 AM

I would imagine that he is pretty unhappy being the sole guppy in the pond (lol) among strangers.Go back and buy a pair of females for him. That ought to change his attitude.

Inga 05-28-2011 08:38 AM

I got my first Guppies because my very loving nephew thought he was doing me a favor. That turned into about 500 guppies quickly. My males will squabble from time to time but I have never noticed much damage to each other. If you keep both males and females, it won't be long and you will be over run with them. I have sold a few hundred to the pet store here to keep my numbers down. Actually, traded for other fish, fish food etc... Unless you have homes for them, I don't recommend getting both male and female Guppies.

They are beautiful fish with delightful little personalities. Admittedly, I really enjoy them but... I recommend an all female tank. All of my females seem to get along fine and without any males, you won't have the population issue. Females are not quite as bright as males but I do have some very very pretty females as well.

gmyers0203 05-28-2011 01:34 PM

Cool, thanks for the input y'all!

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