Guppy gets a good look at Rigel and jumps out of tank! - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
 
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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-26-2019, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Guppy gets a good look at Rigel and jumps out of tank!

So this previously mellow and shy betta goes into his new tank and the first thing he does is start flaring and stalking the guppy in there, as if to say "phasers on stun".

First the Guppy tried to hide, then he launched himself out of the tank and landed on the counter. I never knew guppies could jump that high. He rocketed straight up from the bottom.

He's being re-homed today.

So I wonder if Chilli Rasboras are a bad idea?

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Now that's funny. I do hope the guppy has settled down and gotten over his fright. From the looks of your very pretty boy I don't blame the guppy for making a bee line out of the tank. I think he believes it would be better to take a chance out in the open air.

My one VT (Morry) was placed in a 5.5 gallon tank that was home to Gilford the guppy. Gilford was there to start the cycle of a new tank when Morry was unexpected and rescued from Walmart. I introduced Morry to this tank in the dark and released him in the dark so he never knew Gilford was there. (and like wise for Gilford). The next morning I turned the light on to feed and these two seemed like best buds. The swam everywhere together and it seemed like Gilford was showing his new pal around.

A few months want by and one day I notices Gilford was missing some tail. So I kept an eye on both of them. a few weeks went by and Gilford's tail was healing and they were best buds again. Then I needed Gilford to cycle a new tank for me and I transferred him to the new tank. With tank cycled and a new Delta Tail moving in I decided to put Gilford and Morry back together again. The next morning I found Gilford had taken a really good beating from Morry. He was missing 1/2 to 3/4 of his tail and was hiding on the bottom under a leaf. I don't have any where else to put Gilford right now so I've divided the tank and I'm hoping he will get better.

I don't want to loose Gilford since he is my go to guy for cycling new tanks. After Christmas he will have a new job and new home in a 37 gal community tank that will be started. and he will have other friends that will treat him right.
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Oh my. No the guppy went to the LFS because it was safer for him. The betta was flaring and stalking in a menacing way. It didn't look like ol Sparky was gonna give up the ghost and I don't have time to babysit them. And I was sure that guppy would have jumped again or been hurt. He went into hiding immediately that wasn't a good sign.

That's funny about Gilford but it just goes to show even the most trusted Betta can show his true colors. I'm glad he's going to a nice community environment after his cycling career:)

OT but I've been meaning to tell you I see what you mean about those snails. Out of only two adults (well I think they were adults) we now have an army of babies. I put a snail trap in the tank with an algea wafer as bait and it's loaded up with so many snails every 24 hours it's getting kind of gross.

At this rate you'd think the numbers would be slowing down? There's nothing extra in the tank for them bcs it's only a few weeks old and doesn't have any algea that I can see. What can I say those are some prolific little mofos but even the tiniest ones go right into the trap


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However the guppy also swam right into the snail trap on the first night LoL

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Pest snails like pond snails are the worst kind of life form in a tank. Not only do they breed and make an entire mess of the tank they take up valuable space that fish need for their existence. Snails require 1/4 gallon of space in a tank per snail. They take away the O2 the fish need and they poop all over the place and that has to be cleaned up by vac. or by tearing down the tank and cleaning the substrate. They are a menace. I detest seeing these type of snails in a tank when I go looking for fish or plants. I will not buy anything out of a tank containing these snails. Pond snails are Asexual and lay millions of eggs on plants and anywhere thy can. not many fish will eat them or their eggs and if the tank heat and the food they require are there there is no way to control them.

The best Idea in control of the little menace is every time you see one on the glass is to squish it. Trapping them is another story. When you trap them on a piece of lettuce or a wafer you have to make sure tha when you pull the trap that none fall off back into the tank.

Every time I see one in my tanks they are killed right off. I'm not going through the problem I had several years back. I ended up having to tear down 3 tanks and get all new substrate. The plants were all dipped in bleach. I should have dipped them before I put them in my tanks but I knew I bot snail free plants. (right) After I got rid of the problem in those community tanks I made sure every time I got new plants they were dipped and quarantined before they were added to any tank (and I still do) I bought loaches for the community tanks (I have 4 in each community even though They are not needed. they make a great addition to any community tank you have. they are fun to watch and they are a peaceful fish.

Any one here who says Oh I don't see anything wrong with them they are so cute, is asking for trouble in the worst way. Where there is one there are millions if you let them live.
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