5 is my minimum, have had success with them at that size. I used to keep them in 8's too. All males, of course.aquatickeeper said:10 gallons. Some people say 5 but I don't think that's enough.
Not necessarily for breeding. When I bred, I'd leave them and let them all go at each other if I didn't care what I got. If I was looking for specific parents, I'd move the breeding trio into a 2.5 gal. for 2-3 days. Take them out and return to main tank. I'd then use the 2.5 to either temporarily raise fry, or the fry would be fed to my other fish.clk89 said:For a nice group of them I would say ten gallons. For breeding I would say twenty gallons or more.
Well that is your opinion. Mine is that you need room to breed healthy quality guppies.MattS99 said:Not necessarily for breeding. When I bred, I'd leave them and let them all go at each other if I didn't care what I got. If I was looking for specific parents, I'd move the breeding trio into a 2.5 gal. for 2-3 days. Take them out and return to main tank. I'd then use the 2.5 to either temporarily raise fry, or the fry would be fed to my other fish.
I think he perked up because he got friends. Guppies are not solitary fish at all. They love being with other guppies, even just livebearers in general. I think your case has less to do with size and more to do with having friends.FlutterFish said:I've kept a guppy in a 5 gallon once, and I can say that he was absolutely fine. However, once I moved him to a 10 gallon with two other guppies, the whole group was more active than usual. So 5 is my absolutely bare minimum (kind of like my idea as a 2.5 gallon for a betta) but to have them fully thrive, a 10 is my minimum. If this sounds confusing, I'd be happy to explain.
I consider myself very competent at guppy raising and I still get a similar result from pet store stock. All you can do is make sure you have sufficient minerals in your water and single dose wide spectrum Med them on day one of QT. That cuts my pain literally in half. Once they are healthy, or you get fry you are good. I have pet store guppies living outside subjected to fairly large temp range and they are very healthy. I didn't buy them last week though.bgclarke said:I've gotten my first two groups of three at the LFS. Those were purchased approximately 5 months ago.
Of the six I had, three have died (had to euthanize another one last night).
I've found a local shop that carries pure line guppies and endlers from a breeder in Toronto.
That's where I'll get more guppies in the future, IF I get any more of them.
They are pretty adaptable over time if they have some minerals, but a sudden change really stresses them, and modern stocks seem pretty fragile.bgclarke said:The first death (and possibly the second) was my own fault as I didn't do my research and realize they needed harder water.
I remedied that and things were going well until recently.