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post #11 of 18 Old 01-01-2007, 08:52 PM
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it's on when i'm up. before i go to sleep i turn it off.
How many hours is your light on?:) Your tank will need more plants as gravid guppies tend to become stressed as they have little place to hide. On top of that, if your light is on for more than ten hours, your fish are getting more stressed as they cannot rest because of too much activity. Fish don't seem to go inactive until the lights are off.

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post #12 of 18 Old 01-01-2007, 09:25 PM
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After seeing the pictures, I would suggest a lot more plants. That tank is pretty bare still, and fish aren't going to wait for the plants to grow and fill in that much space before they're going to need the territory. Live plants will also help with waste levels if there are enough plants... and with the looks of your tank currently... not enough plants yet to accomplish something like that. I would suggest about triple what is seen in the pictures, and that just to get you started until they grow.

There are other things to add to the tank that will help it from being so bare if you don't wish to add more plants. Build some rock structures. Lace rock is fun to work with because it has a lot of natural caves, and when stacked nicely, it creates a lot of territory and looks good, too. That tank needs decorations of some kind. There are so many kinds of rocks, the trick is to stack them to form caves and hiding places for the fish.

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post #13 of 18 Old 01-01-2007, 09:35 PM
oh and stop listening to the so called "professianal" who said having all those fish is fine. There are a lot more experts here and im sure you can get a better quote here.
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post #14 of 18 Old 01-02-2007, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
honestly, i can't afford anymore plants. i went from all $120 that i had down to the $50 i'm using on something more important. my parents aren't helping out. at all. so i'm sorry if my tanks not up to par, it's what i can afford. and i'd rather go with what my friend says when all of his fish have survived. i dont know anybody on here, i'd rather go with what someone i know says.

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post #15 of 18 Old 01-02-2007, 11:31 AM
lol well your going to have problems. Did you do what dawn said, cut out the full grown fish and see if they will all fit in your tank?

If you do want an over crowded tank, you will need double or even tripple the filtration, and 70-90% water changes every day. Also when there fully grown (if they make it that long) they will attack each other for space, and even end up killing each other for space. I dont thiknk this friend is going to be good for you.

Whats this 50 dollars your spending on something more "important" Unless it can save your fishes or your life then its probably not important.
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post #16 of 18 Old 01-02-2007, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
im saving it for something for my horse. to me, that's a bit more important than fish.

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post #17 of 18 Old 01-02-2007, 01:15 PM
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honestly, i can't afford anymore plants. i went from all $120 that i had down to the $50 i'm using on something more important. my parents aren't helping out. at all. so i'm sorry if my tanks not up to par, it's what i can afford. and i'd rather go with what my friend says when all of his fish have survived. i dont know anybody on here, i'd rather go with what someone i know says.
I understand your dilema, the people here are just trying to give you advice, and be helpful. I am sure no one is saying your tank is "not up to par", your tank, is your tank and what you do with it is up to you. You asked a question and received replies. Unforunately you are not always going to get answers that you agree with, thats part of asking for advice.

My only advice to you is when you have some extra cash try getting a 1 or 2 taller plants for the back. I have always gone with fake plants (my personal preference) they are inexpensive and some look just as real as live plants. Add a small decoration of some sort for the fish to go in and out of such as a small cave or something. They sell fairly cheap at walmart or petsmart stores.
I have a small 10 gallon tank for my daughter and of course I didnt want to spend alot of money on it so I bought things slowly and cheap but ya know what, it is a very cute tank now and her fish are doing wonderful.

I wish you all the best in what ever your decission is.
 
post #18 of 18 Old 01-02-2007, 03:49 PM
Please just consider returning a few of those fish, for the sake of them
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