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    1 Not allowed!
    I'd disagree, they're active and need more room long term, so 10g is the minimum in my opinion. If your on a limited budget, maybe you can put money aside and upgrade in a few months? You probably wouldn't need to buy a filter and the heater might be able to keep a 10 at a good enough temp for awhile. Until then I'd do as stated above about adding more coverage to break line of sight and allow for them to get away. Make sure that none of the decor is sharp as that could contribute to the torn fins.
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    2 Not allowed!
    I agree with Slap that 3 male guppies should be OK in a 5g, but you may have one that's just not playing nice. Add a couple of plants and see if you can pinpoint an aggressor.

    Don't do this...but years ago when I had crazy breeding guppies I was separating males from females as soon as I could tell them apart. The females were breeding in a 10g and I was moving the males to a 5g because that's all I had available at the time. Here's the male 5g tank at one point. I didn't have issues with aggression or torn fins, just way too many guppies.
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    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by LittleFox View Post
    Okay, so if it really is because they are in a too-small tank, would putting them in a 10 gallon help?

    **Edit: I really should note that I'm on a limited budget, which is why I got the 5-gallon to begin with.
    I wish I could promise you that. A larger tank in the future isn't a bad idea but a 10G is no guarantee. I currently have seven tanks/tub ponds that are dedicated to guppies. From 5.5G to 50G. I rarely have aggression problems that result in any damage. None in recent memory. When I do have any aggression it is usually in the smallest tanks I keep. All I can tell you is that IMO it is more likely to be a peaceful community in a it larger tank. All that said, it is entirely possible they will suddenly start getting along sometime soon. And I do think plants or decor is not a bad idea in a guppy tank.

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    1 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    5.5G is not too small of a tank for only 3 guppies.

    The dominant male is probably establishing territory...try adding a few plants or more deco to break up the areas and line of sight...can you provide a pic of the tank?
    This photo is what I had when I posted the question:


    And then this is what I have today:


    Adding more plants hasn't seemed to help. As far as I can tell, two of them seem to be taking turns being the bully. :(
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    0 Not allowed!
    What kind of "theme" would you like in this tank, if any?

    There are ALL kinds of neat decorations you can by for aquariums...caves, castles, skulls, the sky is the limit, have a look here, for example

    http://www.thatpetplace.com/aquarium...rium-ornaments

    Hiding places will make fish feel more secure, and give them something to explore...it will give them cover, and time to get used to each other

    Just a suggestion...you could still add more plants, get some that float, fill in the tank a bit

    Other than that, my only other suggestion would be to rehome the bullied fish, and let the bullies be bullies with each other
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    Since your on a budget you can also use terricotta pots, you'll have to do some things to get them prepared, but that's one of the cheapest decor. Lots of fish enjoy the caves they can make as well.
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    1 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    What kind of "theme" would you like in this tank, if any?

    There are ALL kinds of neat decorations you can by for aquariums...caves, castles, skulls, the sky is the limit, have a look here, for example

    http://www.thatpetplace.com/aquarium...rium-ornaments

    Hiding places will make fish feel more secure, and give them something to explore...it will give them cover, and time to get used to each other

    Just a suggestion...you could still add more plants, get some that float, fill in the tank a bit

    Other than that, my only other suggestion would be to rehome the bullied fish, and let the bullies be bullies with each other
    I definitely do want to add more decor. I still want to add live plants and I'd love to get some driftwood. I just can't believe how much wood seem to go for even before s/h.

    Speaking of live plants... I'm a little confused by the use of CO2 and plant food. Do you need to have both for all types of plants?
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    2 Not allowed!
    Nope, CO2 is generally for higher tech set ups. You can do lowlight plants and still have a lovely tank. Hornwort is usually cheap and grows quickly, Anubis is always a great additions, and java ferns are very nice. You can look up low light plants and should be able to find some more too. I know there's some places that do wedding wood but it works fine for aquariums, although I can't think of any right now. I got mine from manzanita driftwood and it wasn't overly expensive. For what you'd need it'd probably be around or under $20.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Platylover View Post
    Nope, CO2 is generally for higher tech set ups. You can do lowlight plants and still have a lovely tank. Hornwort is usually cheap and grows quickly, Anubis is always a great additions, and java ferns are very nice. You can look up low light plants and should be able to find some more too. I know there's some places that do wedding wood but it works fine for aquariums, although I can't think of any right now. I got mine from manzanita driftwood and it wasn't overly expensive. For what you'd need it'd probably be around or under $20.
    So with the low-light plants I would still need to add some sort of supplement right?
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    1 Not allowed!
    Not really, you can and it can help boost growth, but usually the very beginner plants(the ones mentioned), it's not needed. I should add, some of the rarer low lights may need it.
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