Male guppy bully :(

Jasminology

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Female
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Jay
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5 to 10 years
Do you know of and understand the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?
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Aquarium Size
55 gallons
Aquarium Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Blue Gourami (female)
Honey Gourami (male)
Five Female Guppies
Two Male Guppies
Four Dalmatian Molly
Nine Neon Tetras
One netrite snail
Three mystery snails
Common pleco
Three False Cory
Ghost shrimps
Aquarium Start Date
December 2020
Temperature
78
Lighting
Dimmer LED
Aquarium #2 Size
15 gallons
Tank #2 Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Tank #2 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Two male guppies
Three Platy
Three African dwarf frogs
Three mystery snails
Tank #2 Start Date
June 2020
Tank #2 Temperature
76
Tank #2 Lighting
LED
Aquarium #3 Size
Five gallon tank
Tank #3 Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Tank #3 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
About forty or so guppy fry
Tank #3 Start Date
June 17 2021
Tank #3 Lighting
LED
Hello, so in my fifteen gallon tank, I recently separated my female guppies to the fifty five tank due to too many fry :(
Well now my two male guppies in my fifteen fight. One chases the other and the one being bullied stays hidden in between the plants.
I placed the bully in “timeout” (a one gallon tank) for about four hrs now. The bullied guppy is now out and about swimming.
I dont know if I should wait longer and then place him back or if there’s a different solution. I have moved the rocks around and plants. Placed a tiny driftwood inside as well.

Thank you!
 
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I never found guppies to be territorial hence moving things around inside the tank might not help much.
The one bullying the other guy might just be making an attempt at mating and with no one else to focus on just ends up pestering the poor guy in question.
Possible you could add a breeding box to separate the two or add a few more male guppies into the tank to diffuse the attention.
Do you have a few bigger sized fry? you could add them to the 10 gallon too.
I have a couple bigger sized fry but not big enough yet I was going to buy some, but I mean, I already have a lot of fry.
Yeah with male guppies sometimes numbers is the solution. You obviously don't want to overpopulate the tank, but if you had say 5 guppies... 1...

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2 Angels, 18 neon tetras, 6 Corries
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10 years to date
Ammonia
0
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29C
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8.2
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80 gallons (Custom made)
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11 assorted Chichlids from lake Malawi
Tank #2 Start Date
August 2012
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0
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0
Tank #2 Nitrate
15
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29C
Tank #2 pH
8.4
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Natural - infront of a window but no direct sunlight, 2 x 40 W T8 Bulbs
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Powerhead 1,600 L/H
Aquarium #3 Size
35 Gallon
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Tank #3 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Grow out tank for my Angel babies
Tank #3 Start Date
March 2012
Tank #3 Ammonia
0
Tank #3 Nitrite
0
Tank #3 Nitrate
15
Tank #3 Temperature
28c
Tank #3 pH
8.2
Tank #3 Lighting
Natural
Tank #3 Filter Type
Air powered sponge filter, HOB
I never found guppies to be territorial hence moving things around inside the tank might not help much.
The one bullying the other guy might just be making an attempt at mating and with no one else to focus on just ends up pestering the poor guy in question.
Possible you could add a breeding box to separate the two or add a few more male guppies into the tank to diffuse the attention.
Do you have a few bigger sized fry? you could add them to the 10 gallon too.
 

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Yeah with male guppies sometimes numbers is the solution. You obviously don't want to overpopulate the tank, but if you had say 5 guppies... 1 bullies 2, 2 bullies 3, 3 bullies 4 and so on... Because there is a pecking order, the guppies are always busy and so one doesn't get constantly harassed by the other.
 
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Aquarium Details  
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Nickname
Jay
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Do you know of and understand the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle?
Yes
Aquarium Size
55 gallons
Aquarium Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Blue Gourami (female)
Honey Gourami (male)
Five Female Guppies
Two Male Guppies
Four Dalmatian Molly
Nine Neon Tetras
One netrite snail
Three mystery snails
Common pleco
Three False Cory
Ghost shrimps
Aquarium Start Date
December 2020
Temperature
78
Lighting
Dimmer LED
Aquarium #2 Size
15 gallons
Tank #2 Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Tank #2 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
Two male guppies
Three Platy
Three African dwarf frogs
Three mystery snails
Tank #2 Start Date
June 2020
Tank #2 Temperature
76
Tank #2 Lighting
LED
Aquarium #3 Size
Five gallon tank
Tank #3 Type
Freshwater Planted Tank
Tank #3 Fish, Plants, Inverts, etc.
About forty or so guppy fry
Tank #3 Start Date
June 17 2021
Tank #3 Lighting
LED
I never found guppies to be territorial hence moving things around inside the tank might not help much.
The one bullying the other guy might just be making an attempt at mating and with no one else to focus on just ends up pestering the poor guy in question.
Possible you could add a breeding box to separate the two or add a few more male guppies into the tank to diffuse the attention.
Do you have a few bigger sized fry? you could add them to the 10 gallon too.
I have a couple bigger sized fry but not big enough yet I was going to buy some, but I mean, I already have a lot of fry.
Yeah with male guppies sometimes numbers is the solution. You obviously don't want to overpopulate the tank, but if you had say 5 guppies... 1 bullies 2, 2 bullies 3, 3 bullies 4 and so on... Because there is a pecking order, the guppies are always busy and so one doesn't get constantly harassed by the other.
Ah that makes sense. Didn’t know that so thank you :(
 
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