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    Hi everyone. I am looking into getting guppies but the choice is still uncertain. I have read they are very hardy, and would seem to be compatible with my aquarium, but I just had a few questions:

    (1)I will probably get them from Aquarium Outfitters- has anyone had experience with this dealer and if it's reputable or not?
    (2)Will guppies do well in my 10-gallon bare-bottom tank? It has lots of decorations.
    (3)I only have a PH test kit. My first fish was a betta, and due to insufficient information on their care, I didn't get any test kits for ammonia/nitrite/nitrate/etc. Are these kits absolutely necessary? My tank is fully cycled and up and running for almost five months. The fish and snails love it!

    Any advice to prevent avoidable "beginner" mistakes would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
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    How do you judge that the tank is cycled without a test kit? You really should invest in one - they're not too pricey.

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    Okay- well I guess I'll get one then. Thanks!
    It's better to have and not need then to need and not have; this is especially true when you're dealing with fish and you need itch medication.

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    Yep, that's a good idea! If any issues come up in your tank you can quickly do a test instead of watching fish die and not being able to check what is happening.

    I forget the exact stocking for your tank, but guppies would work in a 10g bare bottom. They occupy the middle to upper strata of the tank, so it's not a big deal if there isn't substrate. Watch out they breed like rabbits! They can quickly overstock a tank if you can't keep them in check. Also with live-bearers they suggest having more females then males as the males will relentlessly chase the females.

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    As Nautilus just said, get a plan in place for what you'll do with the babies if you have both male and female. Those babies will start to breed at just 3 months, as the adults keep breeding too. It can really be a nightmare to manage - been there, done that. An all male guppy tank is a very nice colorful option.

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    Well, one of the reasons I wanted to get guppies of both genders was so that they would breed. I was planning on keeping the fry in a 5-gallon flat drum fish bowl, with a high-output sponge filter (HOB) and a betta bowl heater. Would this setup work okay or will I have to make some adjustments? I was planning on ordering a master test kit from amazon in the next couple of days, and I will probably get the guppies on Monday. So since the tank is already cycled and all, would it be all right to just do a PH test until the master kit came?
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    You'll need a plan on what to do with the offspring. You might be surprised at how many there will be.


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    I mean after growing out the fry. You will want sources that will accept your grow outs.
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    Guppies can accept almost any pH that comes out of a tap. Usually you will create more problems trying to get your PH "just right" and end up causing more stress to the fish then if you just let it be.

    You will want to test your water for ammonia, nitrite and nitrates. Your tank should be cycled but until you get the test kit you can't know for sure what you actually have. Plus adding fish could cause a mini cycle and you will want to check those parameters every day for a week or so. That way if you do see ammonia starting to build you can do a water change and save the fish.

    If you get fry and end up with another tank, you can use filter media from your first tank to quick cycle your second tank. This is never a guarantee 100% cycle though, so you will again want to watch your parameters to make sure something isn't wrong.

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    Okay, but would would they be fine for just a couple days till the kit arrives? My PH is about right and I wouldn't have to make any adjustments. Sorry for so many questions.
    It's better to have and not need then to need and not have; this is especially true when you're dealing with fish and you need itch medication.

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