Accidental feeder guppy

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My boyfriend and I went out and bought long finned danios and we had a tiny feeder guppy tag-a-long in the bag. The fish store said to just toss him down the drain but I can't imagine doing that so we're going to try to keep him. Does anyone have experience with feeder guppies? He's in a 20g with six zebra and leopard danios. They've been bumping him around but it doesn't look like they're trying to eat him. We are planning on adding neon tetras and MM platys in the coming weeks. He seems to be doing fine I was just wondering if anyone had any tips. Thanks
 

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I keep feeder guppies, they are basically guppy endler hybrids. Same care as guppies, but they don't get as big. It really isn't that hard to keep them, I would just watch the danios bumping him around. I couldn't imagine dumping a fish down the drain either, good for you trying to save him He should be fine with the other fish, but the MM might need a little bit cooler water.

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I was shocked when he mentioned throwing it down the drain. It looks like he's fast enough to escape when the danios get too pushy, and we've added a couple of hiding places for him. Do you think we should get him some guppy friends? We weren't planning on adding guppies but if he's happier with his own species we can rearrange our plans. Thank you so much for the welcome and the help!
 

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you could either get a couple more "feeder guppies" or if you are sure its a male, then add one or two more male guppies. they will be more colorful, but he would appreciate some friends.
 

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I couldn't imagine throwing a fish down the drain
I'm not sure about the guppies. I saw your other thread and it looks like he is actually a she. What's your planned stock? I think she'll be fine alone, but if you feel the need to get more, I would get 2 more females.


 
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Eventually the plan was to add 10 neon tetras and about 5 mickey mouse platys. Boyfriend also wants a tiny crawfish but we'll see about that haha. I ask about friends because guppy isn't swimming with the danios (understandably) and I wondered if he'd (she'd?) be safer in a group as well as less lonely. I would probably just go back to the fish store and ask for a few more feeder guppies
 

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All live bearer fry look female when they're small, it takes a few months before the males start developing usually. Good luck with your stowaway! I'm glad you decided to keep her.

 

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I know Bijou88, I guess I neglected to ask how large this guppy is. Until you know the gender, I would wait on the other guppies. Also, I wouldn't do the crayfish, they can be vicious little buggers. A mexican dwarf orange crayfish might be an option though.
 
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The guppy is very very small, only about half an inch long and maybe a centimeter tall. I assumed it was a baby but I'm a beginner and I haven't looked into guppies so I might be wrong. Guppy seems to be doing very well. It's figured out to let the bigger fish fight for food at the top and catch the droppings down on the bottom. It's not hiding or anything but swimming around with the danios. Boyfriend has taken to calling it Napoleon because of how tiny it is haha
 
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