Restocking After Ich Outbreak

Discussion in 'Guppy' started by kelseysguppies, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. kelseysguppiesNew MemberMember

    Hey everyone,

    I'm new here and hoping I'm posting in the right area. So a brief background... I bought 10 guppies about a month ago, 2 males and 8 females. They were all different colours and patterns and really beautiful. It acclimatised them properly and put them into a well cycled tank and they were doing great, for around 3 weeks. Then out of nowhere the started dying. After a while I began to notice the white spots. I have had guppies before and knew what it was so I began treating then (while doing regular water changes) but it was too late for most. Now I am left with only 2 guppies. 1 male and 1 female. My boy has been hassling the girl a fair amount and I know that I will stress her out considering she is the only female. I am planning on moving my two into a different 40 litre tank at the end on the week, and then using my old tank as a quarantine tank, and possibly getting new guppies as soon as the others have been moved into their new home. My questions are:

    Once my original two are in the new tank, how many fish should I be buying/putting into my display tank at a time so I don't stress out my tank/overwhelm my beneficial bacteria?

    What would be the minimum amount of time for my new guppies to spend in the quarantine tank? I want to get the new females in with my two as soon as possible to take some of the stress off my girl, but I also don't want to cut corners.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated .
    Thank you,

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  2. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    In my personal opinion, you should still quarantine the fish for 3-4 weeks just to make sure you aren't introducing any diseases to the tank. For a 10 gallon aquarium I wouldn't do more than 5-7 guppies either. I also wouldn't do more than double the stock in two weeks.

    If that were my setup, I would re-home the female and go with all males. Going with all males is going to leave you with a lot of babies that will very rapidly overstock your aquarium.
  3. Blk69Valued MemberMember

    My experience with guppies has been something less then stellar. You really need 4 to 6 weeks in quarantine tank to be safe (6 weeks better).

    Can you put a divider in your new tank (separate the male and female) for short term. This would help you out greatly.
  4. kelseysguppiesNew MemberMember

    Thank you for replies! I am aware of overstocking my tank, and am trying to be careful about that. The thing is I want to breed some guppies. I have three more 40 litre tanks ready to go for babies. After I have had a few litters of fry I am planning on separating into male and female tanks.

    Thank you for your advice on the quarantine. I will wait 4 weeks and go from there. I am not planing on re-homing my female, as she is pregnant and I want the babies, plus she is a really pretty red colour and I am in love with her. I might try and make a divider, any tips ?
    Thank you for your answers :)


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  5. Blk69Valued MemberMember

    You can use almost anything as a divider. What works great is if you have a plastic storage container that is cracked (non useable for storage). These are fairly easy to cut into shape.

    Will want to check plastic is fish friendly.

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