KaitieG Posted December 23, 2020 Share Posted December 23, 2020 (edited) There are lots of questions here, but I'm really just looking for ideas. I'd love thoughts on any/all of these. I'm looking at setting up my first big tank--a 75 or 90 gallon depending on the best deal I can find. I'd like to do a mix of livebearers--guppies for sure and then thinking of adding in a few platys or mollies. We have the hard water for it, I think guppies are some of the prettiest fish out there, and I'll have a perpetual supply of fish that's always changing. I like that the platies/mollies get a somewhat larger and can add some variety, but guppies are definitely my favorites. I started out with 5 community guppies from Twin City Guppies and ended up with the 2nd generation of males all being dark blue/black delta tails and very pretty females with large yellow and black tales. I'm planning to move some of these over out of the smaller tanks, but I'd also like to end up with some more color. The females are virgin at this point and could be mixed with anything. Right now everyone's pretty but also all the same. So here are my questions: 1. Do I just get the cheap assorted guppies at my LFS this time and pick out the colors I want? Throw one each in with a female in a breeding box for an hour and see what I end up with? 2. Do I spend A LOT more money on higher end breeding pairs the colors I want when I'm not planning on trying to breed true--just wanting variety? Will they end up imparting better genetics and make better fish? Anyone have a good source suggestion for these if that's the case? I honestly don't think I'm prepared to spend $50 plus shipping for 2 fish from Twin City, and I can't pick anything out for the community selection. I could see swinging $20-$25 a pair if it would lead to better fish down the road. 3. How many guppies/platties/mollies would you recommend starting with in a 75/90 gallon tank? My thought is to start out "slowly" with livebearers--I know the population will EXPLODE after about a month--and then add a single angel to manage fry population and because I've always wanted one. I'm hoping if the tank is planted up a FEW fry will make it but not enough to overrun everything. People with lots more experience--think that will work? My LFS is an hour away and only accepts guppies for donation at this point, so there's not a big market for fry, and I'd like to keep my water changes down to about weekly--not daily! 4. Unrelated to the fish--does anyone have suggestions on substrate/plants that would look particularly good with this kind of setup? Edited December 23, 2020 by KaitieG Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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