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Discussion in 'Livebearers' started by Here There be Dragons, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Here There be Dragons

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    Hi. This is my first post here, or on any forum. I was considering getting a group of guppies and was wondering if they would do well in a five gallon tank along with one nerite snail. If so, how many? The snail is already established in the tank. Would they become aggressive if there were only males? If I had males and females, would the fry overpopulate and crowd the tank? The tank is pretty bare right now but I would change the decor and such to suit thier needs. Thanks.
     
  2. seangee

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    I'm afraid a 5G tank is not suitable for guppies. Its too small, in fact its too small for any fish except a single betta.
     
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    Okay. Thank you very much. I have a betta in a seperate tank. What about in a 10 gallon? Would the fry over populate it?
     
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    I would suggest a 20 gallon long if you plan to keep some of the fry. Eventually you will have to find a local fish store to them off your hands though. They have babies about once a month.
     
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    Since guppies are out for the five gallon, would a betta be the only suitable fish?
     
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    Yeah, a betta is pretty much the only fish that would fit in a 5 gallon. Some nano fish such as ember tetras and chilli rasboras may be able to fit in a 5 gallon, but I don't know much about nano fish so I could be wrong.
     
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    It also depends on the hardness of your water. Guppies need hard water while most of the so-called nano species are soft water fish.
     
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    Nope - most of the nano species need a 15G. Some people keep them in a 10 but no way in a 5.
     
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    I agree, no way possible to keep guppies in a 5 gallon, as @Deanasue mentioned above, ^, it would be a lot more reasonable to keep guppies in a 20 gallon long. They are very active, and they need a lot of swimming space. I hope this was helpful! :)
     
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    Thank you all. I do have a 20 gallon long set up and vacant, but it is being reserved for an axolotl. I guess guppies will have to wait.
     
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    Do you have a chiller for your Axolotl? I'm no expert, but I have heard that if their water gets to high in temperature, they will die. :)
     
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    I do not have a chiller. I am 13 so I don't have a job. They are incredibly expensive. I do have an airconditioned room (My room is tiny and is being taken over by tanks) and an aquarim fan along with a mesh lid. That's going to be the hardest thing about keeping Lizzy.(it's name) when I get her in a couple months, I will do my best to keep it cool. I have heard of insulating the tank to help with tempurature. Do you know how I could do that?
     
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    Ok, thanks for correcting me. Like I said, I wasn't sure. :)
     

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