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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-07-2011, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Sorority plus guppies?

Was thinking of stocking a 29g with 6 females and 5 guppies. I know guppies breed like rabbits but I figured I could stock them with a sorority to keep their population under control. Or would the females not get along with guppies at all? I figure if they got along with the rest of the sorority they wouldn't mind a few guppies.
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your correct any breeding your guppies do will be live food for the bettas unless its densely planted then you may have surviving offspring occasionally.

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You are right maybe I should just start with 1 male and 2 females and see what happens. If I get overstocked I'll have my 10g to toss them in with shrimps, snails and plants.
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lol or bettas to feed them too.

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What is the inch per gallon rule for guppies? I know female bettas are like 1.5 gallon each, what are guppies since they are smaller or do they have a larger bioload than most small fish?
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bettas are usually 2-2.5 gals each. You want to do the full size that the fish can get per gal. So guppies would be 1-2 inch so 1-2 gal per fish.
You could have max of 7 or so guppies with 6 female bettas. If you don't want to have any guppy fry, you could always just get female guppies as well. :)

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Don't female guppies almost always come pregnant and they can store sperm for months? Maybe all female bettas and male guppies.
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Oh I so hate the inch per gallon theory. That's like saying a 10in Dempsey is ok in a 10gal.


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Oh I so hate the inch per gallon theory. That's like saying a 10in Dempsey is ok in a 10gal.
I think its a fine theory for small fish, once it gets to fish over 3-4" it no longer applies. (or i guess for a fish with a huge bioload)

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Yeah, a female guppy can spawn when she's only a few months old or about that, and she can have several spawns from one mating. You could potentially avoid that if you looked carefully at the guppies in the pet store. If the females are large and gravid, they're pregnant already. (they look like bloated) Same rule applies to any livebearer, including mollies and platies and swordtails. I would start with one male and three females or four females and see how the girls react to them before getting any more. Or, if you get one male and four females, you won't need to get anymore, they'll do all the work for you.
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