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  1. Some of you remember us posting pics of this tank with a totally different plan (Zebras, Dwarf Gouramis, Pygmy Corys), but thanks to Co-Op's vids and some others, @TheCzarista and I are totally smitten with Guppies, and eventually want to try breeding them. The plan has now changed to 5-6 mutt guppies with 6 pygmy corys. We want to learn how to keep guppies healthy, watch them breed on their own, and learn a bit before we try actual strains and deliberate breeding for traits. We're still pretty new, so even the small achievement of properly cycling a new tank with no rough spots made us both excited! We didn't give in to impatience so now we can happily add fish. Guppy lovers, I'm going to have TONS of questions, so any tips you can provide a newbie would be greatly appreciated. Attached are my parameters, and the tank is staying between 78-80F.
  2. I have never kept a journal so I am not sure if I am going to enjoy doing this or not. I am that… I want to try things at least once type person. I spend a lot of time reading all the fantastic journals on here. Two weeks ago my bearded dragon BOOP’s suddenly passed from a stomach tumor he was diagnosed with last year. Boop’s spent nearly every minute of the day with me including the fish room. He had a shelf in front of each tank he liked to watch his fish and chase shrimp. He was probably a better plant guru than me 🤣 (you have no idea how hard it was finding info on which aquarium plants are dragon toxic) He always tried to eat them when we worked on them. For the two weeks it took me to process the worst of my grief reading everyone’s journals and posts kept me sane and filled the time I normally spent with my dragon. Thank you everyone for sharing your journey. I have had fish since around 7. All whatever I could catch with mom’s kitchen strainer in the creek when I was younger (her rule was no snakes all else I can have) and keep alive using creek water and bugs. This is how I learned anything in nature that fits in something else’s mouth is food. I also developed a weird fascination with all the nifty critters and hitchhikers that end up in aquariums. I’m the weird old lady that even finds value and cool snooping entertainment in hydra. I have been hooked ever since. went through job demands of travel so way more up and down with tanks than I want to think about I watched every video and livestream (although never in live time) the coop had. I wanted more. So I joined the forum. It’s really great as I have no one to talk fish to. Hubby only likes my giant mystery snail but loves that fish make me happy since I rarely leave the house (it’s my garden of eden why would I venture into societies current chaos) I’m new to the internet in the past few years since I retired. I used email but mostly fax before I retired but that’s it outside of works dedicated computer programs. I have never done any other social media so I feel awkward and was and I guess still am a bit intimidated most of the time trying to convey things to others in a way that seems friendly and helpful as typing seems so blunt and impersonal. I try and use a lot of the cute face cartoons. I hate offending others so I hope the cartoon faces convey niceness. Most of my fish keeping knowledge (if you want to call it that and not just ok this worked for me and this distinctly did not) comes strictly from Observations of my tanks over my life, trial error heartbreak National Geographic magazines learning about fish not aquariums and other assorted magazines in the mail. Finding the internet fish keeping prescribed guidelines baffled me and I still wonder if some of the people doing the articles ever actually kept the fish they were writing the article on. Seems fish are supposedly super delicate??? 🤣 I never knew that I always loved fish because they were so amazingly resilient. Silly me. That’s why I got hooked on Cory’s videos he seems to go with what he has seen with his own eyes and learned instead of what the internet spews and is willing to try things just to see what happens. (He also finds benefit in hitchhiking micro fauna and snails 😁) So enough about who I am…just an eccentric old lady who loves fish ….here we go…. My multi tank syndrome has taken a drastic turn since my health declined 6 years ago. Getting old stinks but is also the greatest. I cannot physically take care of large tanks anymore so now it is how many fish and different things can I keep in each tank and healthy. My current tanks that I have up and not in storage are standard 29 gal, 20long, 2 x 10g 8.75 gallon shrimp tank I got on sale and hate but guppies and snails have too many babies and it’s handy for a dozen or more things, 5G QT 2.5G QT i do not ever actually plant plants i float them tie them to something or suction cup them on the wall. Even root feeders do great that way for me. I don’t use fertilizers or chemicals I am afraid of them. I tried easy green half dose in 2 tanks and panicked after 6 hours and did late evening water changes so I could sleep. I admire the fabulous aquascapers I’m not one of them I love plants they keep my fish happy and healthy and grow well for me i stuff every tank to the gills because our water is miserable even in tanks years old with so many plants I can barely see my fish brown diatoms live on. I tried recently using jugged spring water from the store for wc and it all went away … came right back when I used hose water 🤷‍♀️ over the years I’ve come to appreciate the benefits of it though 🤪 the fish and assorted critters like it YUMMY 😋 29 g stock 11 panda corydora, 6f/1m guppy(the wolf pack and Little Boy, Nemo the nerite snail, 3 female magenta mystery snails (the wonder twins and microdot) bladder snails and some stray shrimp that migrated on a coop large sponge filter. I stopped there because my 2 longfin lemon blue eye bristlenose plecos are trying a second time he has not left the cave in 3 days other than to get a quick nibble of the green bean I put outside his door. I’m hoping it’s a fruitful spawn and may need to rehome the pandas and set up another 20 long for them? This is a newer tank set up with established filters gravel plants from other tanks and such so we are waiting for the micro fauna to establish. I think the Pandas and guppies are eating most of it so I may not get much. 20 long is my pleco pair (sweet pea and baby girl) 4 huge male mystery snails 2 magenta (the baby boys) 2 chestnut (chestnut and bandit) 10 celestial pearl danio(only one has a name she is huge and eats everything Meg as in megalodon) more neocaridina shrimp of every color than I can count. Some bladder snails (someone keeps eating them I do believe 😕) many random assorted micro fauna and a gorgeous little colony of tiny green hydra in one corner that never seems to travel or grow bigger even though I feed cpd bbs. I may actually like this journal thing. I’ll detail the rest another day and add more pictures. my pointer/typing finger is cramping at this point 🤣
  3. It's about time I started a journal. Thank you to @Streetwise for the help of starting this. Im gonna start this off with my favorite fish of all time: (Mini) Bob the spotted congo puffer Named after Mr. Bob Steenfott. From this point forward, Bob is the pufferfish and Mr. Steenfott is Mr. Steenfott. When I broke my leg, Mr. Steenfott and my friend/coach/teacher Hutch planned a day where we all went to the co-op for fun. At the end, Mr. Steenfott got me this fish under one condition, it had to be named Bob. This was in 2018. You might think it is weird that a teacher took me on this trip, but Hutch is more of a family member because my entire family has known him for a very long time even before this trip. In the photo of the yellow background is the very first time I saw Bob, I sent a picture to my family because this was my dream fish and had never seen one in person before. He was such a skinny lad. After a couple months from the start of the pandemic (June 2020) I upgraded him from an anubias only 20g with a hang on the back filter to a 40g with a canister filter, sand, multiple drift wood pieces, and a plethora of different plant species. On December 16, 2020 Hutch passed away unexpectedly which broke my community's hearts and still leaves a scar. But I have Bob to remind me of all the good times and one of the best days of my life. Today, Bob lives happily in the 40g where he gets to hunt guppies, shrimp, earthworms, bloodworms, snails, clams, and pogostemon stellatus stems.
  4. One of my girls dropped her fry yesterday. She just reached 2 1/4 inches. She looked like a balloon my girls are usually sleeker than that even at term pregnancy. She recovered almost immediately and is totally herself happy interactive with me and other fish. She is still a touch pudgy but a rawish seam showed up straight down the middle? I only ever saw this once but a guppy was struggling to birth and passed before dropping fry. She had this seam only 10x more pronounced. I don’t think she needs treatment at this point I am concerned though as it unusual. The seam doesn’t show real great in the pic I couldn’t get a better one she is very active. before drop today
  5. My LFS cannot seem to keep the Guppies from fish farms alive more than a week. When we breed ours and sell them to the store, they do much better. Local water… what not… So, instead of paying a fortune on Aquabid, or paying for special orders, I got a batch of random female guppies that were still alive from our LFS. I stuck them in a 10-gallon Quarantine tank in the closet… They’re not super impressive, but I’m planning to wait out the Med trio and then move them to a planted 20-gal long for mutt-guppy breeding I’ve got a few males to add in to start off the mutt-strain… I’ll probably add a couple other colored males. Here’s my thinking: I can sell these for $1 / each as often as I have them available. So, with a few tanks free to breed guppies… I’m going to have fun trying to breed some decent ones.
  6. my girl has been swimming like this since this morning I got her yesterday, I think it’s an issue with giving birth. You can see the baby’s eyes. Anything I can do for her?
  7. In my nano desk tank I kept 2 endlers, one male dumbo guppy, and 3 female endlers. The point of this was to get off spring that look like the males, went great for awhile until one day I woke up and my dumbo has been torn to shreds. His tail was missing chunks, his dorsal fin had a hole, and it looks like the top half of the base on his right side was torn as well. He is now in the tank with a scarlet badis (have had it for a very long time, for sure not the culprit ), shrimps, and snails. He is healing very well, only a small bit turned black from rot but I cleared that up in a day. But his pectoral fin doesn't seem to be improving. Though it has only been 2 days. He is plenty active, still uses the fin but not as much as left side. Still eating good, practically healthy except his fin. He's super hardy and will put up a good fight against anything so... really any treatment would be good. Does anybody know if it will reconnect with the fin? or regrow? or heal back to what it once was?
  8. LFS had great looking mutt guppy tanks to look through. I brought home 3 females with nice red tails who appear to be from the same stock. Also grabbed one lucky male too keep them company. He’s nothing high end just good health initially. I’ve had the fish in my care for 2 days. Water is moderately hard, 0 ammonia and nitrite. Temp 74~. All four guppy’s look kinda washed out but in great health otherwise. Eat like voracious pigs. I haven’t brought home fish in awhile so I’m a little jumpy. Should I be concerned? Do some guppies take a length of time to color back up? Pardon my ignorance, I don’t typically keep guppies! This is a particularly bad photo they are squirmy buggers.
  9. My aquarium faces a seemingly endless wave of struggles. My guppies (mostly males, though I don't know if this has much relevance) seem to be dying one by one. Every guppy that dies is very thin and moves lethargically, up until the point where they die. I believe this has a connection with the introduction of three Otocinclus from a chain store of which I (unwisely) did not quarantine. Two of said otos died in the first two days, and the third one survived. This has led me to believe that the otos had internal parasites of some sort before they were introduced. Could this be the case? If so, I have API General Cure which I will start treating promptly. Water Parameters: 150 GH 75 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 Chlorine 0 KH 6.4 pH Temperature is kept around 72-74. Would raising it help? Thanks for the help.
  10. Hello everyone I'm looking for any ideas of what might be happening Ph 7 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate .25 Kh 4 GH 8 Water Temp 79 I've had 2 guppies suddenly die and water parameters have been good, really confused.
  11. I was thinking about doing a 20 gallon with shell dwellers at the bottom and guppies at the top. Is it possible to combine African Cichlids with Community Fish like that? Would they still be able to breed? Has anyone tried out a similar combo?
  12. Hi, I’m new to guppy breeding. I’ve had success breeding them but I’d like to get more into creating different strains/color patterns. One of my questions about Guppy and Endler breeding. I was fairly new to it so I was under the impression Endlers are considered fairly close to guppies in terms of genetics. I ended up having a black bar endler male breed with a black Moscow female guppy. I will add pictures to show the fry grown up now. I have multiple of this same color now. My question is whether the babies of this breeding will be sterile. I’ve been getting mixed answers online about endler/guppy mixes being potentially sterile. Another question is whether you can only have endler males breed with female guppies as the endler female supposedly can’t push out the guppy male fry as efficiently. Is this a true thing? If this is the case, I will no longer breed endlers and guppies together as it was a first time breeding. I do like the color of the mixed black bar and Moscow black guppy though. In the future I’ll stick to same species breeding if this is a problem. My last question is about breeding new variations/colors. Is is mainly about culling what colors you want? How do you get the males and females to be the same without having incest within the breeding? Do you have to mix the colors but buy from different sellers? So for example you buy 1 black bar endler from 1 seller as well as a female, and then buy another black bar endler from a different seller as well as a female? I’m not huge intI biology so I’m unsure how to label and prevent incest and to preserve the desired color you want. Thank you! I hope the post makes sense as I’m fairly new to guppy breeding. I’m more so trying to learn how to create different colors and how to preserve those colors once desired.
  13. Is this dropsy? Seemed to happen very quickly, just yesterday he was showing off and going after the females like his life depended on it. Already had a qt tank going for some new fish that has med trio going so I put him in there.
  14. I bred guppies before as a teenager (20ish years ago), but only for a few years before I moved to other species. I decided about a year ago to keep one of the designer strands of guppies (Red Dragon, Dumbo Ear). They've been thriving, as guppies do. This morning, I found one of my oldest females dead. I saw the body in a big bolbitis heudelotii that my amanos always hang out in. I decided to leave it in for half a day or so just in case anyone wanted a little extra protein in their diet. Tank is heavy planted, established, balanced. It can easily handle a small dead fishs' bioload. Anyway, long story short, one of my younger, just fully matured male guppies became territorial around the body of the dead female. I watched over the course of a few hours, as I worked on my computer next to the tank, as he chased off any other guppy that came near the corpse while he continuously nibbled on it. I've never seen territorial "food aggression" in guppies before. I've seen them be voracious eaters in large groups, but never territorial in this way. THE KICKER: it was conspecific aggression; he was only aggressive towards other guppies. I have a school of coryadoras in there, and he was fine with them to cruise by in their derpy little way, with no aggression towards them at all. Anyway, I know this is a bit of a long post --just curious if anyone has experienced behavior like this before. I found it fascinating.
  15. I saw @Guppy Guy’s avatar and it got me thinking about blue guppies or Endlers. What’s your favorite? Pics would be great!
  16. In my 10 gallon tank I have shrimp and 6 male guppies I bought back in March from Petsmart, 5 out of the 6 have grown a lot and have big bellies and fins. This one guppy hasn't grown at all in size, except his belly, fins are still short. I was wondering if there are dwarf guppies or if he just got bad genes and is small.
  17. Long story short, I bought a mixed batch of fancy guppies to add some activity to the upper portion of the water column, and a couple of them gave birth, although none of the original batch survived past a few months. Should have quarantined and treated them first it seems, since the rest of my stock is bulletproof and water parameters are perfectly fine (and plenty hard enough for livebearers)... anywho, with the fry reaching maturity, I'm seeing some very bizarre combinations. Most of the males look like endlers, with much smaller bodies and the characteristic colors and patterns, but some of the females actually came out kinda cool. First time I've ever seen a tuxedo guppy with an orange tail! Kinda makes me want to set up another tank and play around with breeding to get more intense coloration. Don't mind the water level, it's a bit low since water changes this time of year are sketchy, as water comes out of my tap 84+ degrees. Not that it needs changing, since the plants demolish all traces of nitrates, and I EI dose as well as having crushed coral in my filter to keep KH healthy. Couldn't get a great pic, but wanted to share this oddball in my tank.
  18. Can I put ricefish and guppies in a 10 gallon tank and have them both breed?
  19. So around two years ago I got some endlers that have the orange lyertail and not too long ago I got some common guppies as food for my bichir. But the bichir choked on one and died so I moved the rest of the guppies with the endlers in my 40 breeder with a puffer. And by chance I was lucky enough to able to get a hybrid between the two where the top of the lyertail is white and the bottom is orange. I kind of wish that the common guppy's spots were on the body but the whole point was the tail. Hope you like it.
  20. Hi there 🙂 I had a male and 2 female guppies in the tank and recently the favourite female of the male died. Now i am noticing that the male guppy is not interested in mating with the other females in the tank. I also added 2 more females but nothing. He stays wondering alone at the top of the tank. Could it be that he still "misses" her or waiting for her? She died about 2 weeks ago. Should i wait more or maybe i can do something to help him snap out of it like moving him out of the tank and placing him back in a few days? Thanks 🙂
  21. Alright, so here's what happened. I bought 5 guppies from a store, one male and four females. I put them in the quarantine tank, all levels seem to be fine, I leave them alone after putting in the medicine. Fast forward the next day, three have died, including the male, leaving me with two females. I check the water, everything seems fine. I go to my local store, not the store I bought the originals from, and get two males and two females so I can have an even group of two trios. I stick those in quarantine, fast forward to today and one of the original females dies so now I'm left with two males and three females. This is a few days into the quarantine so the meds that were in there are now weaker than at the beginning. I do have enough meds to start over if need be. Here's my questions. Should I return the female that died and get another female and put her into the same quarantine tank so that there's two trios again, should I get extra females if they have them so that if one dies I won't have to go back and get another, should I just leave the group I have alone, should I do a big water change and start the med cycle over, what should I do in this situation? I don't want to end up stressing out the group, especially the females, but I don't have the space to set up another quarantine tank at the moment.
  22. Set up my first simple outdoor mini pond a couple months ago. I had some fry in my tank that I believe are a mix of a male endler I accidentally got with my plants from the LFS and some asst female guppies. I can't see in the water very good cause of all the vegetation, but during feeding I got this picture. I thought they looked amazing and wanted to share. Can't wait to scoop some out at the end of the season to get a better look at them.
  23. I have poked around on this forum and online and have not been able to find a list of which strains of guppies have non-plain females. I know some (like Cory's "best guppies in the world") have very fancy females with large fins and lots of color and I've run across others (HB blues, albino ) with at least some color on their tails and large-ish tails at that. Does anyone know if there is a comprehensive list somewhere? Or, if you know of a strain with females that aren't plain gray/brown, add it here and I'll make a list myself 🙂 TIA
  24. Sunday Fun Day😄 10g hospital/quarantine tank: Current home to 10-ish? ghost shrimp (the shrimp shenanigan's as they're starting to be known) that were gifted to me Friday as well as a mass of java moss. Oh! and a newly found bladder snail. 20% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Filter is hob that came with the larger tank (marked whisper 20-40 on spill edge) that I fitted with a nylon to help keep out the java moss. Pruned back some of the devil's ivy (pothos) in the filter hopper and rinsed filter 'bag' in dirty tank water. Replaced the charcoal in filter bag as I kept the bag since the ivy has started root in it. [Note: will cut apart the bag material before replacing to keep some in tank and reposition to keep roots in place.] Brushed off java moss from nylon and moved some into 3d printed floating pot. Lastly, rock with moss on it to the spill edge to slow down flow. Added pvc tubes to add hide spots/exploration places for the shrimps. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. Nylon is holding up better than anticipated. -Research ghost shrimp care and breeding. Pretty sure there are a couple females with eggs. -Research calcium supplements. We have r/o well water here so any such minerals will need to be added. -Put in fancy substrate? Did pick up Fluval Stratum but realize after some more videos that it might be more muss than its worth for the shrimps? -Add more plants. Will clip some water sprite and pennywort from large tank to move into this one. 39g Goldfish Community tank: Current home to one shubunkin (Shu), two fancy fantails (Pooh & Tail), red cap oranda (Baby) and one surprise koi (yet unnamed) gifted to me on Friday. (the koi was supposed to be another shubunkin - was a surprise when I saw the little whiskers😄) 10% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Slight gravel vac done to get up excess food and poop. Reburied plants that had been disrupted during the week. Brushed moss off from filter intake and added to a floating pot. Starting to see some aggression from Shu (shubunkin) towards Baby (oranda). No tail or fin nipping as I was kind of expecting, instead Shu is nipping at Baby's face. I don't see any marks or wounds but am starting to see a bit of a red streak starting in Baby's tail. Seems to do it mostly around feeding time. All fish except koi are handfed pieces of Repashy super gold in addition to a larger chunk being dropped in the tank (all together it equals out to about .25tsp). May try moving to 3 feedings per day from current 2. Shu's color seems to have stabilized again though I'm still keeping tabs of spots that I think may be or have been ammonia burn. Baby's tail is still a bit bent from where it has started growing back in. Concerned about possible stress from Shu causing the red streak in tail Koi seems to be settling in fine. Kept overnight in 10g and then given a paraguard bath before moving to tank. Having koi and Shu has moved up pond plans for this year. Thankfully craigslist to the rescue and I have a couple messages out for larger tank and stock tank/pond. Originally I was hoping to set up the pond in a greenhouse to run it year 'round but that may have to wait. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. -Keep monitoring Shu and Baby -Start work with koi in a couple weeks to get him comfortable with hands; point work -Track down larger tank/pond for Shu & koi -Research greenhouses; heating in particular
  25. Hi i got one of my guppy is skinny and i see a baby guppy have white poop is that internal parsec?
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