saw a couple boys at the petstore and they were beautiful.
One was like, neon orange and blue... and some other colors.
Im curious, water other fish are compatible with guppies?
I think I might relieve a few of those neon tetras at the pet store for the poor girls there,
the tank completely swamped with 'em.
List of fish you can put with guppies (make sure to do research on individual fish before buying! ^^):
Barbs and Rasboras
Livebearers (ex Platties and Mollies, careful as they sometimes inter-breed)
Well, they don't breed a lot, but people mistake it for breeding. The females actually store sperm and will fertilize herself from one breeding up to 3 months. Every few weeks dropping fry (sometimes up to 150 per drop!).
Unless you want to be a serious breeder, it's suggested to keep them separated. I definitely kept mine apart XD After my female came pre-hit (aka she already was preggo xD) and gave me around 70 fry (total, that lived).
Then I had an outbreak of dropsy and flat-belly, and all but 2 of my Guppies died =/
just read that they are capable of having around 2-100 fry per drop.
Nice start for a beginning guppy owner -head desk-
I guess Im lucky that shes only had two.
But, as shes pregnant again, Im going to have to learn some stuff. and FAST.
How old are the fry when theyre supposed to be let out of the 'fry box'?
Theyre about a couple millimeters long, as I cant take pictures of them,
and the mom is... Well, pretty big.
I got a filter running, so what should I do?
Should I put the mother in the fry box before she has them, then take her out after?
Fry boxes are actually really bad, they cause stress and mama will sometimes abort her babies because of it. Instead, I suggest a 1 gallon "grow out" tank for the fry. Most likely she is already stressed from everything so I don't doubt she'll probably only give you 20 or so fry. And in reality, a LOT of them end up dying. If you don't want to take care of them or keep them, you can just leave mama in the tank and let the fish eat the babies xD It's a bad thing but, lots of breeders do it P:
Me, when the mom drops I leave the fry in there (until I notice -cough-) and then fish them out and put them in a 1 gallon. They take about 3 or 4 months before they're even big enough to go back into the main tank, and it's a lot of water changes to make sure the tank doesn't get nasty with all those babies. Some breeders have a 10 gallon for their fry, but I didn't have a spare one at the time. I cull all deformed ones and feed them to my goldfish. If she dropped 70 I normally have 20 or less left by time they're big enough to go back into the tank.
By time they're 2 or 3 months old, you can tell gender, generally. :]
Yes, I am very thankful for the two I still have. <3