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#1 ColinW

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:48 AM

One of the girls has a tank in the corner of the living room that I seem to have inherited responsibility for. The "interesting" fish have long since expired and now it contains nothing but hundreds of guppies. What can I put in there to thin them down a bit? Preferably something that will start on the babies and work its way up as it gets bigger in a not too horrifically quick and attention drawing manner (so don't say an oscar!)

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 12:17 PM

Can you not give them to a local fish shop? We've got a similar problem with our canary cichlids, but have arranged to offload some onto our local fish shop guy. Just got to get round to it.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 01:11 PM

One of the girls has a tank in the corner of the living room that I seem to have inherited responsibility for. The "interesting" fish have long since expired and now it contains nothing but hundreds of guppies. What can I put in there to thin them down a bit? Preferably something that will start on the babies and work its way up as it gets bigger in a not too horrifically quick and attention drawing manner (so don't say an oscar!)

Tinfoil barbs.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 02:24 PM

Tinfoil barbs.


Bit of a tankbuster, though, no?

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:36 PM

Bit of a tankbuster, though, no?

Yeah I guess they are. When I was a nipper my Dad had a big tank with half a dozen or so big Tinfoils in it. I used to love feeding them guppies. We had a couple of tanks full of guppies just to feed the fish that liked a bit of real meat from time to time.

I can't really think of anything that will eat all the guppies and not grow to be quite large.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:49 PM

Me neither. Getting something in to eat the fry might be easier, once the adults have been hived off elsewhere. I should think most things eat guppy fry.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:52 PM

Hmm, dwarf pike cichlid? Never kept them, and they might be a bit tricky, but they don't get too big.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 05:19 PM

Hmm, dwarf pike cichlid? Never kept them, and they might be a bit tricky, but they don't get too big.

I was thinking about some cichlids, but they can be a bit expensive and a bit finicky about their water.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 06:04 PM

I should think most things eat guppy fry.

Guppies love 'em ;)

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 06:16 PM

Hmm, dwarf pike cichlid? Never kept them, and they might be a bit tricky, but they don't get too big.

I had never heard of them until your post today. They look like quite a nice fish to keep.
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