Guppy Breeder tank

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I'm trying to set up a guppy breeder tank. I bought guppies and found out the hard way they are bullied by zebra danio (one male died). I still have 2 males and 1 female. The guppy is a Goleta guppy or Goleta dart. Anyway I quickly bought a medium breeder tank and put them all in there for the past week while I got a 10 gallon tank and there are already fry. Guess I'm a breeder now.
My question is what is the best way to set up this breeder guppy tank. I want it set up today and I'm not trying to spend a lot. Can I just throw the filter on with half water from my established tank and half new water (read this somewhere) and I am also going to throw in instant bacteria that I bought. Are gravel and plants necessary or should I just separate the pregnant females into the breeder tank?

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Bare bottom, 80-85f lots of filtration, your gonna be feeding them 5x a day small meals you need good filtration and lots of (id say 2-3x a week) about 50% water changes. I would use aquarium salt. ALot. Fish "farms" actually mix seawater in with their freshwater guppy fry to ward off diseases and parasites.
Guppy Fry have a tendancie to "pin" up their cadual (back) tails. If you see this you must take out their filter and use methylene blue in their tank for 5-7 days because it WILL kill all your fry except maybe 1 or 2.
 
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What fish do I put in the breeder tank? just the babies or should I put the larger babies and parents in there and keep the fry in the medium hang on the back tank?

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Just the fry. If you put fry with adults, the adults are thought to release a growth restricting hormone and out compete the fry for food, so fry are always seperated and raised seperately, even in the farms, and especially in guppy breeders rooms.
 
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So just an update:
I have a 10 gallon set up with nothing in it except a little java moss. The temp is at 80 and I put 2 tbsp of aquarium salt in. There are 5 fry in there and they are doing well. I am feeling them powdered flakes and I did a half water change yesterday. They seem to be doing well. I'm still looking into baby brine shrimp.
 
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