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#1 plakatsrule

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:21 AM

Hello I was given about 12 guppies and then bought 12 more but the seller gave me about 50 ish..... anyways they live happily in a 20 gallon tank with 2 nitrite snails. They were lack luster and lazy ,and I NEVER got any young, in 100% fresh so I put 2 tbsp of marine salt per gallon into the tank.... they are now active and BRIGHT . Oh and having young like crazy.... I have more babies then I do adults at this point! They are fed flakes brine shrimp thawed bloodworms and algae tabs... My Hydrometer broke so I dont know the salinity at this moment I am buying one today though.

My question is I was told they are a fresh water fish... :S

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 12:09 PM

Lots of people keep guppies in slightly brackish water with success.

If you were told they were strictly freshwater, how'd you decide to try the marine salt? Just curious.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 12:13 PM

Guppies do much, much better with some salt in their water as you've discovered. I always recommend people preparing to keep them USE SALT if you want success. Brackish tanks need marine salt, so good choice! They will now breed for you like mad. :D

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 02:26 PM

Uh...isnt that a bit tad little amount of OVERSTOCK?

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 02:29 PM

Nah, those guppies are probably all different sizes and they are tiny fish with a tiny bioload to begin with. I've seen that many fish crammed into a 5 gallon and thrive if you can believe it.... D:

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 06:19 PM

The tank is over filtered with a 45gallon filter on it. Yes it is over stocked but they dont seem to mind!!

So your saying that they are techincally brackish?!?!?!!?!?! And how do I STOP the breeding now? I decided to use the marine salt as I read that aquarium salt isnt the same and wouldnt work well for a brackish tank! I decided to put them in the brackish water because they were listless lack lustre and not breeding!

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 06:26 PM

If guppies are anything like platies... you can't O.o unless you separate males and females. Good news is, they'll eat the fry if you don't give the fry too many hiding spots. My platies ate most of their babies, and now we only have a few survivors each batch. It helped with population control a lot.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 08:44 PM

You can't stop the breeding except by separating the genders and waiting for the females to finish giving birth (which can take a really long time, since they can have several batches before they need to mate again).

Overfiltration doesn't compensate for overstocking; instead of reducing waste, it just puts it where you can't see it.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:33 AM

the water tests good every time I test it... PH is 7-7.5 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 0 temp 80. Salinity is unknown as I forgot the hydrometer thing again duh.
I really like the endlers. They just confuse me they are in brackish water and thriving in fresh they were simply surviving!! Mollies and Guppies do this to me too though.

Oh are Endlers a type of guppy or are they thier own species, I know that they can interbreed but that doesnt mean they are the same.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 09:01 AM

Sorry just tested the tank Nirate is 8 everything else 0. and there are more BABIES anyone want endlers lol nevermind I dont know how to ship fish and its winter now anyways :P




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