My guppies are fighting

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Hey guys, so I'm a new fish owner and only got 2 male guppies yesterday (1 x cobra guppy, 1 x blue guppy). They were both fine and dandy all of yesterday swimming around in their new tank. However I have just come home today and the red one is just sitting at the top of the water hardly moving. After watching them for a while, it's become clear that the blue one keeps going after him and nipping his tail. I can't remember if his tail was like it yesterday, but I've enclosed a picture of it currently. Can anyone tell me whether this will just blow over, or should I separate them?

Many thanks!

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What size tank do you have?
Males will nip at each other to establish a pecking order.
And will continue to nip if you do not have 2-3 females per male or at least six males in the tank.
They are trying to become "king of the tank".
 

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What tank size are they in?
 
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They're in a 3 gallon tank. So are you suggesting to get some females?
 

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That's too small for guppies. I wouldn't house them in anything smaller than a ten gallon tank.
I would suggest taking the fish back to the pet store until you have a bigger, cycled tank.

Edit: I am so done with you two, lol. Dom90 & ClearEyes
 

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Well now that we know what tank size, first suggestion would be to get a bigger tank. 3 gallons is way too small for 2 fish, let alone 1 fish.

Edit: ninja'd twice in a row by babynemo
 

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3 gallons is way too small. Even for just 2 guppies, you need at least a 10 gallon. That is probably why the one guppy is getting super aggressive.

EDIT: double ninja'd!
 

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Yep I'd say upgrade to a 10 gallon asap. I kept 5 male fancy guppies in a 10 gallon and it seemed to keep them in good spirits. There was occasional chasing, but none ever hurt each other. The 3 gallon is just way too small for them, so they're crowded, stressed, and one is taking it out on the other.


 

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I have 3 males (1 cobra 1 tuxedo and 1 fancy) in my 36 gallon bowfront. They do not nip each other. Some chasing but they seem to hang out with each other constantly and get along well. Looks like your issue, like everyone else has said, is you have too small of a tank.
 
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