Male Guppies Attacking Tank Mates
Weíre looking for some help. My boyfriend and I got a 10-gallon fish tank a few days ago. We set it up and let it run for about a day before we added fish to the tank.
We decided to get 2 black mollies, 3 orange/yellow platies, 2 male guppies, and 4 shrimp. They were all living happily in the tank until about an hour ago. We noticed that the two male guppies were picking on our yellow platy. They were both attacking this poor fish at the same time and the poor thing was trying to hide in a corner of the tank behind decorations.
We initially thought that they were hungry and picking off food or debris for the platy. We fed them and continued watching. A few minutes later we noticed that the two male guppies were also picking on our two mollies as well as the other platies. We decided that it was best to remove the two male guppies from the tank, so we put them in a jar with tank water and they seem to be just fine.
Now, all the fish that remain in the tank and very lively and swimming around very happily.
Also, now that we are thinking about it, the two black mollies were sort of hiding under one of the other decorations that we have in the tank. They would always swim out of their decoration with one another to get food or just swim around in the tank.
We read other posts on this site that said male guppies need to have females or they will eventually kill one another competing for dominance (we didnít know this when we were at the pet store). But these two fish havenít been aggressive toward one another as the other posts have mentioned. Instead these two fish have teamed up and are aggressive toward all the other fish in the tank.
Can anyone offer any other advice on what to do? As I mentioned, we removed the two guppies from the 10-gallon tank and everyone seems happy. We just arenít sure what to do with these two guppiesÖ
Thank you very much!