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about how many fancy guppies can i put in a 20 gal.

Discussion in 'Live-Bearers Forum' started by guppy_girl2004, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. guppy_girl2004

    guppy_girl2004 Small Fish

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    about how many fancy guppies can i put in a 20 gal. tank? would 3 pairs be too much
     


  2. CS_sg

    CS_sg Large Fish

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    I would put just 1 female in there if you can help.

    My 2 guppies which came pregnant are soon invading my 38 gallon after 2 drops each in 2 months.
    I have removed my 2 male guppies for 'birth-control'. :D

    The males are more attractive. How about 4-5 males?
    Is this going to be a guppies only tank?
    You can get a group of 4-5 corydoras (smaller species) as bottom feeders and they'll leave your guppies alone.
     
  3. Firebug

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    Ohh, No...If you don't want the over running your tank..you should just get all males..one female will have the boys fighting...I don't know how many you can have in there..
     
  4. fishdude07

    fishdude07 Superstar Fish

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    id say just keep guppies in the ratio of 1 male to at least 2 females. so you could probably have about 4-5 males and 8-10 females if you want. keep in mind that this is if it would be a guppy only tank.
     
  5. CS_sg

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    If we have 4-5 males and twice as many females for the 20gallon, won't the tank be over populated with guppy frys in a couple of weeks?

    You mean the male guppies will snip on each other and fight over the one female guppy?

    Even if it is a guppies only tank, I forsee a problem with too many frys in no time.

    Just my 2cents.
     
  6. Firebug

    Firebug Large Fish

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    Well, I agree with you on that, Chryl, she will have a problem with fry that way. I just know the one female will be so stressed...and the males will all want to be with her at ALL times. lol.
     
  7. fishdude07

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    well, if the tank was stocked to the limit with guppies, i doubt many of the fry will make it anyways. there will be guppies almost everywhere the fry go, and most of them will probably be eaten unless you have alot of plants and other hiding spaces. if there were less guppies, more of the fry would probably make it and then overpopulation would happen that way...so pretty much, i think overpopulation would happen faster in a less-stocked tank. of course, either way...i think overpopulation of guppies is almost unavoidable. does this make sense, or am i just crazy?
     
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  8. Firebug

    Firebug Large Fish

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    Umm.. Not if you have all males! Besides..never under-estimate guppies! My mom tried that, and ended up with TOO much guppies! I suppose it depends on if she wants to breed them.
     
  9. Lou

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    With livebearers I'd think about planning for fry. Letting them get eaten is an option, but if you get all weepy about the cute little things, then you will need a couple more tanks.

    I'd go light on gups in a 20 and use other fish to fill out the space for interest sake. We have about 4-5 small females with a single male in a 20 long and they seem happy. We capture as many fry as possible and move them on to grow out tanks. Not too heavy maintenance too because it is lightly stocked. I grow weary of cleaning tanks.

    Loading it up with males and one female can make for fights. We have a male 20 high with maybe 20 or more males and there is a dominant one (our first fry--one in the first drop) but it is such confusion with so many that they don't know who to pick on or gang up on, so it is a pretty peaceful tank. Put a female in the crowd and all h would break loose.

    Good luck figuring out why you are interested in gups, etc.
     
  10. guppy_girl2004

    guppy_girl2004 Small Fish

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    well although having one boy and one male gup is not suggested, thats what i have with a goldfish in my 20 until the ich treatment does what its supposed to, im not risking putting other fish in there even if it says you can on the bottle
     
  11. Lou

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    goldfish and gups together? Probably not advised since one is tropical and the other needs cooler water.
     
  12. Biorium

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    Actually some fancy goldfish ... :)
     
  13. guppy_girl2004

    guppy_girl2004 Small Fish

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    nothing fancy about him... just a medium size, 26 cent feeder, scissortail goldfish but he is thriving in that tank and temp. wise though, he's fine and i cant see anything that shows he is having trouble in a warmer tank
     
  14. lucieintheskye

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    Didn't you just say you had ich? I've read in books that goldfish can get ich from being in a tropical aquarium instead of a coldwater. I actually found this out after my own goldfish got ich from being in a tropical community aquarium.
     
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