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Hi. I've finally got a cycled tank and the 6 male guppies seem insanely happy. They swim around a lot, eat everything I feed them and play in the bubble curtain.

1. Is this as many guppies as I should put in this 6g tank?
2. They chase each other and bump into each other a lot, though I don't see any damaged fins. Is this normal? Is it acceptable?
3. What is Melafix? Why do people mention it when nippers are brought up?
4. Why do stores sell male and females together, and why do people suggest buying them together, knowing they will breed and overstock?
 

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1.6 is about the limit for a 6g i think
2.as long as there not damaging or stressing each other this is fine
3.MELAFIX from API Rapidly repairs open wounds, damaged fins, red ulcers and cloudy eyes (text stolen from site :D )
4.stores dont always seperate them either they came as is from a supplier or out of lack of space i keep breeding guppies and can sell young very easily most people find it more interesting to see there fish reproduce

any help :wink:
 

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Terrainosaur said:
Sorry, didn't have my sig on.
Hi, can you please move your tank description from your signature to your Tank Blurb? We are trying to encourage every member to do it. The Tank Blurb will allow anyone who is interested in seeing the contents of your tank to see it by putting their cursor over the button that says "tank(s)" below each of your posts. It will also make topics much more readable because tank descriptions will not be repeated in everyone's signature.

You can also click that button and create a detailed profile for each of your tanks, complete with parameter logging if you wish, or click the button under other members' posts to see any tanks they've added to the system.

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Terrainosaur said:
How do I tell?
Constant chasing and bullying of larger guppies to their smaller members will simply cause stress to the smaller ones. Fin nipping is frequently seen in a tank occupied only by male guppies hence it is a good idea to keep a Melafix in case of emergencies.
 

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I bought a floating plastic breeding container. I put one of the small ones with a nipped fin in it, and my water changes now contain the recommended amount of Melafix.

1. Is this a good idea?
2. How long will it take to repair?
 

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Terrainosaur said:
I bought a floating plastic breeding container. I put one of the small ones with a nipped fin in it, and my water changes now contain the recommended amount of Melafix.

1. Is this a good idea?
2. How long will it take to repair?
that breeding container isnt a good idea as it stresses the fish. Heavily plant your tank with either live or fake plants to create hiding spots for the wounded fish to hide from the more agressive ones. This also works for raising fry
 

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Terrainosaur said:
Hi. I've finally got a cycled tank and the 6 male guppies seem insanely happy. They swim around a lot, eat everything I feed them and play in the bubble curtain.

1. Is this as many guppies as I should put in this 6g tank?
2. They chase each other and bump into each other a lot, though I don't see any damaged fins. Is this normal? Is it acceptable?
3. What is Melafix? Why do people mention it when nippers are brought up?
4. Why do stores sell male and females together, and why do people suggest buying them together, knowing they will breed and overstock?
1. One fish per gallon- perfect
2. They should be okay, don't let them get stressed though
3. Not sure, sorry
4. Hmm, I did that, big mistake- got some prego females, : The store may want for you to overstock then they all die and you will need to go and buy supplies and more fish to keep them alive. Thats all I can really think of unless they want you to sell the babies back to them.
 

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I have fancy guppies and love them! Some suggestions? Put just a little bit of aquarium salt in the water. 1 tablespoon. Guppies like just a little salt and it will also boost their immune system to repair the fins. Males tend to be more aggressive if they're only with males. See if you can take a few males back to the store for some females. You can tell the difference since females are bigger and less colorful. They're not as pretty but it will bring some peace to your tank. I don't think my males even know that there's other guppies in my tank since they're too busy chasing the females!
 
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