Originally Posted by KristinM
I only got them last weekend but I got them all at the same time. I had 2 male and 2 female guppies but I came home to find the one male guppy dead the other day. I looked it up and apparently male guppies can be very aggressive towards each other especially over females and i had noticed this one was hiding a lot and being chased. The other male guppy has a very large bright orange tail and he has been fine and i have not seen my Betta be aggressive towards them at all. This male is very active with the females and im sure it's only a matter of time before the fry arrive.
To be honest they dont really worry each other. The guppies stay out of his way at meal times and if they get in his space I have noticed he sort of turns towards them and they move away. But I have never seen him chase them aggressively. The shop I bought them from said i should be careful that the Betta does not nip their fins because of the bright colours, i thought it would be the other way around!
In the past I had the same mix of a Betta with guppies and the fry didnt last long! I planned on removing him if there are fry but i have also read that the guppies will also eat their own fry. My tank is too small for a breeding net :( I plan on an upgrade soon! Only had them a week and im already wanting a bigger set up! I have missed having fish!
Haha, sounds like you've done your research.
It's good, I think your betta is a more docile type. There are some bettas who won't tolerate anyone in their tank, no matter what it is. They'll even attack snails and ghost shrimp.
You could always put Java Moss in there - the fry can hide in it. Another option is a homemade spawning mop. Get some acrylic yarn that you know to be absolutely colorfast and tie it into a long tassel. Hang that in the tank so the ends are in the water. The fry can hide in that as well. Google "spawning mop" and you can find pics and info on them.