No Luck With Petco/petsmart Guppies!

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Hello, so I'm really starting to feel like a failure here I have glotetras who have done great so far. Have a 10 gallon planted tank and all and any guppies I have put in here keep dieing! I do a 25% water change every week and stay on top of maintenance.
Ammonia-0
Nirtrie-0
Nitrate-very low probably 10
Temp 79F
Ph-7.5
Gh-180
Kh-40 (I think)

Not sure if I just need to stock from else where or what to do we have only 1 other local fish store and I've heard they all get from the same breeder so I'm just tired of throwing away money and doing all the work.
 

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Likely getting sick fish to begin with if they are dying so quickly. But a 10 gallon is too small for tetras and guppies (or either honestly). They could be dying from the stress of overcrowding or no space to swim around.
 
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Ops forgot to specify my tetras are in a 29 gallon and my 10 gallon was to be for just guppies and 1 frog I have. I got the Tetras from petco and just dont get how they are doing good yet guppies I keep failing with :/
 

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Generally, Petco fish aren't a good stock.

Also, guppies are so inbred nowadays that they are extremely fragile.

Try buying fish from a trusted LFS.
 
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Blanca R

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Any recommendations on places to purchase a guppy from since I have nowhere local really except that 1 store. I love guppies and honestly feel very disappointed.
 
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Mifuluhu said:
Likely getting sick fish to begin with if they are dying so quickly. But a 10 gallon is too small for tetras and guppies (or either honestly). They could be dying from the stress of overcrowding or no space to swim around.
What fish would you recommend for a 10 gallon?
 

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Try online. I don't buy guppies, but there are some people here that have good places to buy them. Hopefully, they can give you some recommendations.
 
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Yeah I was hoping to even just breed them and see if the fish born in my tank would be stronger and not so weak.
 

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Are your parameters for the 10g? If the tetras are I the 29g is the 10 cycled? Also, the fish store will refund your money if they die within 10 or 14 days, don't recall.. I think you have to bring back the corpse.
 
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TexasGuppy said:
Are your parameters for the 10g? If the tetras are I the 29g is the 10 cycled? Also, the fish store will refund your money if they die within 10 or 14 days, don't recall.. I think you have to bring back the corpse.
Yes they were for the 10 gallon the 29 is similar but with slightly softer water. Both are cycled as well. I have done this many times and honestly just so tired of wasting my time and money having to drive there and back.
 
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No idea I have a frog who's been doing fine in the tank and all I have left of the guppies is 2 so we will see if they make it I've had 3 die all back to back
 

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Maybe this can help: double check your temperature.

I'm also maintaining a 10-gal guppy tank. I stocked the tank with 2 guppies from PetSmart 5 months ago, and they are doing very well. HOWEVER, this wasn't the case initially.

The problem for me was my stick-on-the-outside thermometer was reading 2.5 degrees low (I verified it with a very accurate meat thermometer and also purchased an accurate in-tank thermometer).

That combined with my initial target temp of 78-degrees, I think I was over heating my guppies (there are temp swings due to heater hysteresis and sunshine).

After accurately targeting a temp 76-degrees, my guppies are doing extremely well.

My tank only has the 2 guppies and tiny anacharis plants (I transferred plants from my goldfish tank, but I think the water in the guppy tank is just too warm without supplements. Only the anacharis is still there; and I've snipped a lot of it away already. I promptly remove plants showing any hint of decay to maintain water quality).
 
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jack22 said:
Maybe this can help: double check your temperature.

I'm also maintaining a 10-gal guppy tank. I stocked the tank with 2 guppies from PetSmart 5 months ago, and they are doing very well. HOWEVER, this wasn't the case initially.

The problem for me was my stick-on-the-outside thermometer was reading 2.5 degrees low (I verified it with a very accurate meat thermometer and also purchased an accurate in-tank thermometer).

That combined with my initial target temp of 78-degrees, I think I was over heating my guppies (there are temp swings due to heater hysteresis and sunshine).

After accurately targeting a temp 76-degrees, my guppies are doing extremely well.

My tank only has the 2 guppies and tiny anacharis plants (I transferred plants from my goldfish tank, but I think the water in the guppy tank is just too warm without supplements. Only the anacharis is still there; and I've snipped a lot of it away already. I promptly remove plants showing any hint of decay to maintain water quality).
I think I will definitely try that and see how they do I got a new batch so far 2 look very well and 1 has died but wasn't showing many symptoms so I'll give that a try
 

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Good luck.

Does Petco exchange defective/sick/dead fish? : )
(Yes, I know killing fish sucks; but maybe they are just bad stock. I'm been lucky with my Petsmart and Petco fish -- so far none has died. Oh no, now I'm cursed.)


--> I was just at Petco and Petsmart today (5/9/18); and I asked about dead fish policy. Both places will replace any dead fish within 2 weeks.
 

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I think that guppies are fine for a ten gallon aquarium. If all you have near you is petco, and you are Looking or different options, they might be able to order you in some scarlet gem Badis. I became friendly with the aquatic specialist, and he showed me a 14 page list of what he could get , and there was actually some decently cool stuff on there, like Peacock Gudgeons, which I believe can go into a ten gallon aquarium.
 

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I buy my guppies from Quinn’s Fins on EBay . Reasonable shipping and all my guppies have been healthy. Also, you may want to drop your temp to 74F. Guppies and tetras don’t like the water as warm as other tropicals do.
 
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