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Old 11-14-2003, 06:37 AM   #1
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Do you need females?

I have an all fancy guppy tank. I like the colors of the males. Do I need to have females in the tank or will a tank of all males "get along ?"
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I don't know guppies..

but wouldn't alot of males in a tank result in territorial fighting?
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Old 11-14-2003, 08:22 AM   #3
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Welcome to AA, and greetings from a fellow Metro Richmonder!

The thing about guppies is that if you do decide to introduce females, you would need 3-4 (at least) per male because the males will pester the females endlessly, and create a very stressful situation. That would mean you would have a less colorful tank, with only a few males and many females. Then you get babies, and an overstocked tank, in just about no time 8O

I am no guppy expert, but maybe someone will chime in about males together. I certainly see them in the LFS all together, so maybe it can work. I have pondered this very issue myself because I really love the colors of the males.
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It works good for me with just males in a tank. If I have more than one male in with my females, they will fight even with a 3 to 1 ratio.
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Females Neded

Hi. It is not necessary to keep any females in with your male guppies. Just don't be surprised when the perform courtship rituals to one another. - Guppyman
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"Just don't be surprised when the perform courtship rituals to one another."

My males have tried mating with everything in my tank except the Pleco. Multiple times
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Your guppies will not fight with each other just because they are also male. They will however fight each other over a female. 1 tank full of males = no problems. Add one female = big problem.
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Thanks for all the responses.

Tankgirl: I was trying to find a polite way to say "pester the females" but decided that coming from a guy, it was better left unsaid.

Guppyman: I see that every day. Yuk.

I have a 29 gallon for "show" and a 10 gallon for the rest/breeding. The 29 gallon tank really looked good with just the colorful males. But, I thought I had to have females so I added some. Now the males don't stand out as much. I guess all the females are headed for the bottom tank.
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