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    Hello everyone! It's been quite a while since I've been on the forum. Quick update to let you know of my tank situations. I have a small tank with three nerites and some thriving wild form cherry shrimp. And then my 10g, which is the tank I'm gonna be talking about, has my two assassins, my tiger nerite I've had since last May, a limpet snail, my very happy school of ember tetras (and a mystery tetra that got sent with them), and I recently added two 'breeding' pairs of Blue Moscow Guppies.

    Alright. Summary all finished. So I've been having issues with the guppies in the last couple days. One of the males accidentally got sucked into my small whisper filter. The slots were, unfortunately, just big enough for his tail to get sucked in. Now, one of the two females came to me pregnant. And I didn't know it until my friend pointed it out to me. I did research after she told me and learned about how to tell when she was getting ready to have the babies. She was doing really well this afternoon and I noticed she wasn't swimming around as much and mostly staying in one spot. From what I remembered reading, that meant she was going to be going into labor, or already was. I noticed a little bit ago that, I thought, she had gone to hide somewhere in the tank. And a few minutes ago, I found her laying on the gravel being eaten by the aphids (I think that's the name. They're the ones that look like mini shrimp. I read somewhere they're actually good for a tank) in my tank. After doing more research, thinking I caused it by adding water a couple hours ago, I learned that fancy guppies often die while giving birth due to inbreeding.

    So, my question, is this:
    What is the hardiest type of guppy there is? Or is there a list somewhere that I'd be able to find?

    Thanks in advance!


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    Endler's livebearers are hardier than most guppies, particularly the "fancy" types. They don't eat their own young, and if there's nothing else in the tank that will eat their fry they'll eventually severely overcrowd the space.

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    What are the readings for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate in the 10G?

    Can you get a pic of these "aphids"?

    Most guppies are very hardy; if (when) they begin to breed, a 10G tank can be overwhelmed with them very quickly
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    todd, thank you for letting me know about the endlers.
    Slaphppy, here are the params:
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0-.25
    Nitrate 20-40

    I know the nitrates are extremely high which means I need to do another water change. I normally do those/add water once or twice a week. Unfortunately, I probably need to empty out the tank for a short period and completely clean it. I've been kind of reluctant to completely empty it though because I have a pond snail population that feeds my assassins.

    Also, I took the best picture I could but they're so small and my phone camera quality isn't the best.20180226_140619.jpg

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    You should have absolute 0 nitrItes in a cycled tank, and yes, you need to do a large WC to get those trAtes down to 20 or less.

    I'd be doing at least a 50% WC on that tank weekly, until trItes are no longer registering.

    Does the critter look like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    You should have absolute 0 nitrItes in a cycled tank, and yes, you need to do a large WC to get those trAtes down to 20 or less.

    I'd be doing at least a 50% WC on that tank weekly, until trItes are no longer registering.

    Does the critter look like this?

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    My husband just caught a bunch of bass on a beautiful freshwater lake that had gorged themselves with dragon fly nympths. My kids loved looking at them - they look so prehistoric.

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    I did a pretty big wc right after I logged off earlier. I have yet to retest the water at the moment but I don't want to send my critters into shock. And no, it doesn't look like that. Though my shrimp tank had one of those when I first got it set up and I quickly got rid of it because I was worried it would do damage to the shrimp. And after searching around for the article that I used before, I found it. They're amphipods, not aphids.

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    I will always cherish the times when Dad was here that we went bass fishing, super fun fish to catch...it's very popular here (Toledo Bend, Sam Rayburn), and I love the big fat filets from them...largemouth bass, we have here, and crappie were fun and delicious, as well

    Your kids got to see bass that had eaten nymphs...what about the other way around?...damselfly/dragonfly larvae can be hazardous to fish fry, if that is what the OP has, I'd remove it/them

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    Its probably one of these-or maybe both

    Seed shrimp;
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    I will always cherish the times when Dad was here that we went bass fishing, super fun fish to catch...it's very popular here (Toledo Bend, Sam Rayburn), and I love the big fat filets from them...largemouth bass, we have here, and crappie were fun and delicious, as well
    You should still be fishing, there's nothing more fun than nailing a big ole large mouth even if you throw them back.

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