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  1. Default Bully Guppy, What to do?


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    I've got a 20 gallon long that has finished it's cycle and I added fish after a few days of confirming the cycle. 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, ~20 nitrates. I added my 3 male guppies and they seemed fine together. Now it's about 4 days in and I've noticed one likes to bully one of the others and now he's got a nipped fin :( poor little guy.

    Anyways, I was trying to think of a possible solution to this situation. Any suggestions?

    My original stocking plan was to have 3 male guppies, 12 neon tetra, 6 albino cories, and maybe 10 ghost shrimp.

    Would adding the cories or tetra distract him from picking on the other one?

    I added some more plants and a new house (structure) for protection but he hasn't seem to taken notice to them yet. Anything yall would change and what would you do if you were in my situation? Thank you!
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    They are probably establishing their heirarchy and will settle down in a while. You could add another male guppy or two to spread out the aggression until they decide who is boss. Adding the neons might help but I would be afraid the guppy's might turn their attention to them, and they are such a docile fish it may be too much stress for them.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Hmm that does make sense about them establishing themselves. I wish it wasn't at the expense of the poor little guppy! The only thing that is keeping me from adding the neons is that I don't know if my bioload would be too much too fast. My levels have been great since I added the fish but it's only been 6 days since my cycle finished, 4 days with those 3 fish in. Too soon to add the 12 neons?

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    You are amazing! So smart and giving. - SeaLady Can't give you any more rep, but well said! - steeler58 Thank again!! You seem to enjoy your coffee. - steeler58 Thanks for the rep!! - Compass this doesnt look like pie... not the right kind.. - Sandz 
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    I would play it safe and add 6 neons now and 6 more in two weeks. Watch your parameters in between adding the neons, you may need to do some extra water changes.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Fair enough that sounds good, thank you! Should I do a water change now, then in a few hours check the levels and go get the 6 neons? I assume you do a water change before adding fish each time?

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    I usually do a water change right before I go to the fish store. It certainly wouldn't hurt.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    As stated above, get one more male guppy. Male guppies do better when in equal numbers, or there's an odd one out. They will do a pecking order of hierarchy, but it keeps one from getting singled out.
    2 10 gallon tanks, 1 20 gallon tank, 1 Fluval Edge, 1 29 gallon tank, and one backyard pond.

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    Sounds great, I'll be sure to get 1 more male guppy and I'll see how everything goes.

    Any other suggestions for my tank and how it looks? I think I'm going to scratch getting the ghost shrimp, but we'll see.

    Thank yall again!

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    You are amazing! So smart and giving. - SeaLady Can't give you any more rep, but well said! - steeler58 Thank again!! You seem to enjoy your coffee. - steeler58 Thanks for the rep!! - Compass this doesnt look like pie... not the right kind.. - Sandz 
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    Your tank looks nice. Just remember to add new fish slowly. A new cycle can be fragile. Add new fish slowly, buy a few at a time and wait at least two weeks to add any more. This gives the bio filtration time to catch up to the new "load".
    Another thought, do you have a QT tank? It is preferable to quarantine new fish for a month before they go into your main tank to check them for possible diseases. I know you want to add a few fish right away this time to help with aggression issues, but for future adds you may want to get a qt and use it first.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    I do not have a quarantine tank but am looking to buy a cheaper 10 gallon for that purpose. I've got a problem though. In the last 20 hours I've lost 2 neon tetras :( last night I went to sleep and all were well, woke up and one was stuck to the filter intake. I got it, and returned it to the store for another one under warranty. Not 12 hours later I come into my room and another one is dead so now I've got to go to the store again tomorrow.

    Any suggestions on what I can do to prevent this from happening? Could these have been sick tetras that couldn't swim away? They all looked healthy upon close inspection. I've got an Aqueon Quietflow 30 if that helps with a solution.

    Thank you again for all your help :)

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