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I have a five gallon tank. I am thinking about getting 2 guppies because they are easy to care for and they are so pretty looking. However, I am NOT interested in breeding them. I also only want two fish and I heard that if you have one female and one male, then the male will harass the female.

So I was wondering, since the males are generally prettier could I get two males? Would they live peacefully together?
 

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I keep male guppies together in a species tank. My first three got along great, but RuarI harassed two of them and I believe had something to do with their death's. He gets along fine with Fionn, though. My advice: get two males, and when you bring them home observe them closely. If one is harassing the other, isolate that one for several hours and then re-release it into the tank. If it continues to be a problem, exchange it for a different one.
 
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So I guess each fish is different, just like people! Thanks!
 

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Yep just like people. Just so you know, I tried the isolation trick on my black molly who was picking on my new red dalmation molly - not believing it would work, which is why I'm telling you I've tried it - and when I released him back into the tank, he was perfectly fine with it.
 

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emilai333 said:
I keep male guppies together in a species tank.  My first three got along great, but RuarI harassed two of them and I believe had something to do with their death's.  He gets along fine with Fionn, though.  My advice: get two males, and when you bring them home observe them closely.  If one is harassing the other, isolate that one for several hours and then re-release it into the tank.  If it continues to be a problem, exchange it for a different one. 
You could also just get 3 guppies. The dominant male will usually become unaggressive. It's kinda hard to explain but...yeah.
 

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I have 3 male guppies in a ten gallon and they all get along great. I started with one male 3 mos. ago, then added 2 more after a month, and had no problems
 

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emilai333 said:
Yep just like people. Just so you know, I tried the isolation trick on my black molly who was picking on my new red dalmation molly - not believing it would work, which is why I'm telling you I've tried it - and when I released him back into the tank, he was perfectly fine with it.
 

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emilai333 said:
Yep just like people. Just so you know, I tried the isolation trick on my black molly who was picking on my new red dalmation molly - not believing it would work, which is why I'm telling you I've tried it - and when I released him back into the tank, he was perfectly fine with it.
So you isolated the aggressive male, right? What did you isolate him in? A new tank or just a birthing unit in the same tank? I was going to try that with my molly male, but reckoned he wouldn't have enough room to move around if in the same tank, and reckoned another tank was perhaps too drastic.

How long did you keep him in isolation for?

Sorry for all the questions, but this is really interesting.
 

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sorry for the lag time, I've been out of state for three months and am just catching up now. I actually floated the aggressive molly in an old betta cup (I made sure to exchange water every hour or so so that toxins wouldn't build up on him) for about a day. A separate tank might work just as well, I just didn't have a separate tank. Since it was only one day I figured he'd be OK with no room to move around.
 

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