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Old 01-21-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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Guppy Fry in Community Tank?

So my stocking is this:
6 zebra danios
2 peppered cories(planning on 2 more)
3 male guppies
1 bn pleco
3 baby mystery snails

This is in a 29 gallon. I want to add 6 female guppies. Would any fry survive with lots of hiding places? Would my tank support it?
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So my stocking is this:
6 zebra danios
2 peppered cories(planning on 2 more)
3 male guppies
1 bn pleco
3 baby mystery snails

This is in a 29 gallon. I want to add 6 female guppies. Would any fry survive with lots of hiding places? Would my tank support it?
I would say YES with a lot of hiding places like you said also you can add thing that float so they can hide in there too.
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Okay, what floating plants would you suggest?
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Do you have a plan for fry or do you want to keep them? 9 guppies might be a bit much for that tank with all the other tankmates. And if you want fry, it could be even worse. I am not totally sure about that though.
How are your water parameters holding up?
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I need to check my levels again, but the last time I did, they were fine. The nirite and ammonia were zero, nitrates maybe 5. I'm planning on keeping maybe one or two guppy fry that I really like, and selling the rest or giving them to the lfs.
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Ok. In that case I think it would be ok. Make sure to keep a close eye on the water parameters after you add the girls.
I actually have very few fry survive in my all guppy tank. The other guppies hunt them with gusto sometimes. Is your tank currently planted? I suggest getting a breeder net for fry. You only have to keep them in there until they are bigger than bite sized. Yes, if your tank is well planted, some will live. Buts its honestly easier to just net out fry and put them in a breeder net IMO.
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I just remembered that I have an extra five gallon. Would that work for raising fry? My only issue with that is culling... I know its necessary, but I figured the adult fish would do that with the community tank... I really don't want to use a breeder net, cause I've heard bad things about them.
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Do you have a plan for fry or do you want to keep them? 9 guppies might be a bit much for that tank with all the other tankmates. And if you want fry, it could be even worse. I am not totally sure about that though.
How are your water parameters holding up?
I agree that is a bit much in that tank
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What if I increased water changes? I would keep a very close eye on parameters, and change water whenever. They definitely would have plenty of room to swim. It looks kind of empty right now, actually. The bioload is my main concern, right?
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Yes, the bioload is the main concern IMO. Swimming space shouldn't be a big deal because guppies tend to swim everywhere in the tank and utilize space well. If you ever think swimming space is an issue, it would be a good idea to re-home a couple guppies. I will say though that I have seen guppies reach very different sizes, so if ended up with bigger ones swimming space might be an issue.
Yeah, you will probably have to up your pwc schedule. But of course the best way to figure that out is to just do frequent water testing.
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