July 21, 2001 - 10:27 am
First of all, if you want your fry to live, you will need to remove
the goldfish and the algae eater. If you don't want to mess
with breeder nets, etc., the tank needs to be densely planted so
the babes have a place to hide from the other guppies in the tank,
and, I don't have much problems with keeping my fry in my guppy
species tank by having the plants. I don't bother with removing
them from the parents.
It usually takes about 6 weeks for the first fry to appear, but
guppies "hold" sperm so after the first brood, you can see
fry at just about any time. The dark spot you are seeing definitely
tells me they should be pregnant. I am concerned about the redness
you mention, however, as this is "not" normal.
Just be patient, remove the bigger fish, and I would assume that
before too long you are going to see fry. Make sure you have "dry"
fry food or very finely crushed flakes to feed them. Stay away from
liquid fry food as this will foul the water very quickly.
July 23, 2001 - 06:16 pm
i think i might as well remove both of my guppy that's pregnant
to a different tank and also... as far as the temp of the tank goes,
should i just leave it at a certain temp 24/7 ? or should i just
leave it up and down... for ex: the place where i live is pretty
cold so i have to turn on heater constantly but my tank temp is
around 75-80 and thats when all my fishes are active so should i
just leave the heater on all day and all night to make it constant
or i should turn it off at night? when i wake up.. my tank temp
is around 70-72... so.. what should i do????
ok thank you
btw... how big could a pregnant female guppy stomach get? is it
ok thank you
July 23, 2001 - 06:28 pm
Anony, yes the temp of the tank should be as constant as possible.
Fluctuating temps will cause stress to the fish which can result
in ick or other maladies. Temps of 72 to 76 is about right so set
your heater at this temp and leave it alone. If the water becomes
too warm, it just won't come on, but if the temp lowers below
what it is set for, it will automatically heat to the degrees it
is set. Guppies are not really all that particular about water temps.,
but I do feel they do better with the water at the above range I
The only problem with "removing" the pregnant ones is that
they may not really be pregnant yet, and the males can't fertilize
them. Just make sure you have plants in your main tank, and there
should be not problems with the fry surviving.
A pregnant guppy will display a swollen belly, and you can see a
dark spot at the rear of this. As the time grows closer on some
guppies, you can even sometimes see the fry's eyes. It "should"
be noticeable, however, sometimes, it is not. I have a whole tank
full and most of the time when I see new ones, I am not absoluely
sure who the momma is. Let nature take its course, and when the
time is right, you will see some babes.
July 24, 2001 - 03:57 am
cool thank you one thing though that i kinda hate about having a
lot of plant is when i feed them... the food get rotten on the fake
plants and its hard to clean! well but now i start to feed them
with brine shrimp more than flakes so... i guess i should give it
another try and which plants do you preferred? real or fake? if
real what type?
once again thank you for all your help
July 24, 2001 - 07:45 am
Anonymous with my platies the 'real' floating water lettuce
worked well for me. I also had a ball of some light/tiny plants
that floated around like tumbleweed (I don't know what it
was) that they loved hiding in the center of.
July 24, 2001 - 08:30 am
If you see too much food left on the plants (and I would advise
fake ones as the live plants open up lots of other issues for you)
then you may be feeding too much. Just a very little bit once a
day should be sufficient until the fry arrive. Then 3 to 4 "real
small" feedings are required for their growth. It could be that
what you are seeing on the plants is not food but an algae growth.
IMO, any of the "fine leafed" fake plants work well, and
you don't need the whole tank full of them. Just enough so the
little ones can swim into and around the leaves for cover.
July 25, 2001 - 04:45 pm
today i just went to this place around my house
called pet club i found some very cool stuff there but what struck
me the most was this
live rocks... i read about those couple of time and i find them
really cool. one question though... should i get it? i know there
are a lot of draw back to it... but what do you guys think? will
it danger my guppys or my other fishes? will it carry any diseases
or will it be any other problems at all? and if i should get it,
which one is the best?
and i will do try all those method that u guys mention
July 26, 2001 - 08:47 am
I believe you are talking about the marine substrate. There is also
live sand. These do not belong in a tropical fish tank and yes there
may be parasites and/or bacteria that will endanger your fish. It
should only be in a reef or marine tank! Also if it is not cured
properly it can decay and polute your tank. This is not for beginners!
July 26, 2001 - 09:59 pm
Joyce is right. Live rock is needed "only" in a reef tank
and you cannot supply it with the nutrients and salinity it needs
in a freshwater tank. I cannot believe the LPS person did not tell
you that, but it stands to reason. She probably didn't know
either. Sorry to disappoint you. And you are no where near ready
to try a reef tank. These take a lot of know-how plus they are very
expensive to start up and operate. Just keep after your guppies
for now, get a few plants in there and watch the fun begin when
you start seeing those fry! Good luck!!
July 28, 2001 - 06:20 pm
something terrible happened!
it seem like, one of my male guppy die
and i cant seem to find the cause of it!
because 2 days ago it seem like everything is
ok, my 4 m and 3 f live happy and yesterday
when i count my fishes, one of them is missing
which i tried to look for it but it seem useless...
and this afternoon when i came home, i found my male guppy thats
missing die floting and it seem like the other fish try to eat it
because all of his fin and tail were gone but his body still remain!
is it me? or is it natural because i did everything right! my other
fish seem healthy but how come this one die. how long is there lifespan
anyway? i cant seem to find what was wrong and now im really confuse
and stress out!
July 28, 2001 - 08:19 pm
You have to give more info. How large is your tank? How often do
you change the water? How much water do you change 10-15-20-25%???
What kind of filter do you have? How long did you have the fish...was
it a recent addition? What are your water parameters...ammonia,
nitrate, ph, etc?Livebearers don't live as long as some Cichlids,
but they should last a couple of years anyways!
July 29, 2001 - 07:06 pm
hmmm something interesting is happening
2 of my female guppy is laying on the bottom
of the aquarium and one of my male is on the top circling around
them! are they pragnent?
but their stomach doesn't seem big and they dont seem to have
black spot, but instead, its red!
what is wrong or going on with my guppy
July 29, 2001 - 07:48 pm
Back up Anonymous (and by the way, can you give us a name here.
Too many folks go by anonymous and we don't know if we we are
talking to one person or several). If you are the same one as
above where the fish died, yes, it is normal for other fish to feed
off of dead ones. What happened to cause the death is unknown to
all of us. Sometimes it just happens. However, the above things
Joyce has asked you is pertinent if you are the Anonymous that posted
again which I assume you are. Usually guppies, either male or female,
don't lie on the bottom of the tank. They may be pregnant, but
you will see swelling of their tummies and also a black spot right
before the pelvic fin, but this may not be obvious at first. I am
unsure of what the red spot could be unless some type of infection
has gotten into the fish. It really sounds to me like your water
quality is very poor and the fish are suffereing from it. You need
to tell us your water perimeters as Joyce mentioned before we can
help you. We also need to know what type of filtration you have,
and if there is none then this is your biggest problem. Guppies
need filtration and aeration in the tank for survival. If you don't
test your water for any of the above, then you need to get some
test kits and start immediately. If you have several in this tank/bowl,
etc., they may be suffereing from ammonia poisoning. Let us hear
from you and we will see what we can come up with.
July 30, 2001 - 03:24 am
ok my tank size is 10 g. my filter is pretty much undergravel combine
with powerhead. i also have some fake plants and around my tank.
I pretty much change water once a week, about 15%. the only problem
right now that i have is the female! all my male are fine, 3 of
them. but 2 of mine female are kinda... weak! one of them seem to
be hiding alot and she hardly move and it seem like shes having
hard time breathing. another one is always on top of them water,
not to get some air but just like hanging out on top of the plant
and my third female just swiming around sometimes up sometimes down,
but most of the time just hanging out with the rest!... and thats
about it. i think its maybe of indigestion because she seem like
shes having hard time moving. Tomorrow i will try to pick up some
more supplies for my tank.
July 30, 2001 - 09:24 am
Welcome Art! Good to know you have a name!!!
Okay, first I need to know how long this tank has been up and running?
And the first think you need to do is get some test kits for ammonia/nitrite
(most important) and pH. From what you are telling us, I
tend to lean that one or two things may be happening. If you have
variations of pH from your tap to the tank, it could be the water
changes every week are causing the problem. If this is a new tank,
it could be it is in the middle of the cycle and either the ammonia
or nitrites are too high. It doesn't sound like the tank is
overstocked with the 6 (??) fish that you have in there
unless you put them all in at one time. Give me a little more information
about this tank and I will try my best to help you.
July 30, 2001 - 08:21 pm
ok, i just tested my water and my ammonia is at 0 and my ph is around
this tank been there for about a little less than a month. and actually,
i also have 1 goldfish, one of those algea eater and angel fish,
im trying to move the angel fish out but i also have another tank
that have my other big goldfish which he acted really violent toward
my other fish so i have to keep him seperated. the funny thing is,
all of them seem fine. Other than the sick one (which he is
now hinding under all my plants for some reason, i saw him came
out hour ago but he seem to be back in there.. ) i find this
really weird because how come the rest is fine but that one isn't
because if there is something actually wrong with my water, how
come the rest of them aren't like that?
anyway i didn't buy the nitrite test kit i only bought the ammonia
and ph. i guess i might as well go back there and pick one up later
but is there anything else you need to know?
and yes, first i bought 4 guppy then i added 3 more in.
July 30, 2001 - 08:40 pm
Art a 10 gallon tank is way too small for an angelfish. They grow
to about six inches and from what fish you are keeping I suggest
you try to return it to the LFS store. You just cannot put it in
your other tank with goldfish. You should not keep goldfish with
ANY tropical fish. Goldfish need cooler water and also are pretty
messy fish. If your tank has been up less than a month I think you
are adding the fish too fast. If you would have just put the guppys
in it might have been okay, but adding a goldfish to the rest was
a bad idea. Also sometimes new additions just don't make it.
They may be stressed due to a move to the LFS and then to your tank
over a short time span.Please give Kick your nitrite test kit readings
she needs to know that your tank is cycled to help you out.By the
way what kind of those algae eater fish do you mean?
July 31, 2001 - 01:34 am
my reading are below .1 of nitrite... i know that angel fish will
grow pretty big that's why im trying to remove it to the other
tank that i got. and btw how many of the guppy do you think is appropriate
for 10g. tank?
July 31, 2001 - 07:20 am
Art you said you had goldfish in the other tank you have. Goldfish
are just not appropriate tankmates for angelfish. If you keep mixing
the two types you are going to have very unhealthy fish and problems
in the long run. You have to keep a heater in a tropical fish tank
and the water is just too warm for goldfish. If you don't keep
the tropicals heated they stand a good chance of getting ich or
just dying eventually from improper water conditions. Also since
goldfish are messy they cause a lot of fish waste and you shouldn't
keep a lot of fish with them. I would say if you ONLY have guppies
in your 10 you could probably keep at least 8-10 guppies. Do not
put a buch in at once! When your tank has been up for a month,add
a pair wait a couple of weeks and add another pair. Also you do
realize that these guppies will eventually start breeding and you
will need more and more tanks!! Maybe keeping to four or five and
leaving room for babies is a better idea. To keep babies from being
eaten you need lots of plants or plastic plants for them to hide.
July 31, 2001 - 08:31 am
You can have several more guppies in a 10 gallon if that is the
only thing you keep in there. I have a 5 gallon and right now have
about 20 (some are fry) and things are fine. But the tank
must be cycled, and you must be religious on your water changes.
Just leave what guppies you have in the l0 gallon tank, remove the
angelfish to another tank, minus the goldfish, and if you have females,
which you do, you won't have to buy any more guppies. In fact,
you will looking for someone to take some of them shortly. And my
tiny babies swim right along with the adults. As Joyce said, goldfish
and tropicals do not really go well together as they are coldwater
fish and produce quite a bit more waste, but you can keep them together
if you are very careful about your water changes and set the heater
at about 72. It will work as I have done it. It is just not a great