Thin guppy, does it look normal, fish TB? Help

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Does this guppy look normal?
She is the thinnest of all the 3 female guppies i bought but she eats normally and poops a lot and the poop is never stringy. The males don’t go after her as much as the 2 other larger females, she swims normally, she swims around with the other guppies but isn’t the most active one.
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Any thoughts?
 
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Does her belly look sunken in or does it look like a normal guppy who isn’t very pregnant or not pregnant at all?
 
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She’s only active when I am not in the room or when there is food.
 
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I would really like to know if this fish has TB so could someone help?
 
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She is not very active and she is staying at the top of the tank now, what is wrong with her?
 
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She is not very active and she is staying at the top of the tank now, what is wrong with her?
It looks a little stressed but I'm not to sure. Hopefully someone can help you
 
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It looks a little stressed but I'm not to sure. Hopefully someone can help you
I hope so as well, I’ve only had her for 2 days.
 
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Mouska said:
Does this guppy look normal?
She is the thinnest of all the 3 female guppies i bought but she eats normally and poops a lot and the poop is never stringy. The males don’t go after her as much as the 2 other larger females, she swims normally, she swims around with the other guppies but isn’t the most active one.
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Are there other species of fish in the tank? Could be stress if other fish are bothering her.
 
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Are there other species of fish in the tank? Could be stress if other fish are bothering her.
There are 6 other guppies 3 males and 3 other females, the ratio is better at 1:2 male to female but they have a few places to hide and I am getting some more plants. She’s is bothered the least out of all the females.
There are also 5 corydoras but they never interact.
 
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There are 6 other guppies 3 males and 3 other females, the ratio is better at 1:2 male to female but they have a few places to hide and I am getting some more plants. She’s is bothered the least out of all the females.
There are also 5 corydoras but they never interact.
Hmmm, yeah I would have originally said that the 3 males would gang up on 1 or 2 females specifically, but since you said there are no signs of that, I would just watch for any other causes. Have you checked your water? I know that poor water quality can cause some fish to linger at the top of the water column as she is doing in the picture. I hope if its something more someone is able to help.
 
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Hmmm, yeah I would have originally said that the 3 males would gang up on 1 or 2 females specifically, but since you said there are no signs of that, I would just watch for any other causes. Have you checked your water? I know that poor water quality can cause some fish to linger at the top of the water column as she is doing in the picture. I hope if its something more someone is able to help.
I haven’t checked the water, but all other fish are doing really well.
Also if it means anything if any males every come near her she starts tail beating them and if they don’t go away she attacks them and nips them.
 
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I haven’t checked the water, but all other fish are doing really well.
Also if it means anything if any males every come near her she starts tail beating them and if they don’t go away she attacks them and nips them.
For now, I would just label it as stress, but I am not an expert in guppies. I would maybe work on getting that 1:2 ratio, because she could be stressed out from the chasing and fighting you mentioned. With the water, I would make sure you test it. The API Freshwater Master Test Kit works great (tip: if you end up getting it at a chain pet store like PetSmart or Petco definitely price match it to the online price...its much cheaper...and great to have on hand). Some fish are more sensitive than others, even within the same species. You should just check it to be sure. I hope that was semi-helpful.
 
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How long has the tank been set up?
 
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How long has the tank been set up?
The tanks been setup for 1 year, but restocked the tank after rehoming the fish. It’s been without fish for probably 1.5 months, there are two filters one is a hang on the back with fine mesh around it to prevent fry from getting sucked up, and one sponge filter which both have beneficial bacteria built up. There are a few plants and I will be getting more this week. It’s a 29 gallon.
 
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For now, I would just label it as stress, but I am not an expert in guppies. I would maybe work on getting that 1:2 ratio, because she could be stressed out from the chasing and fighting you mentioned. With the water, I would make sure you test it. The API Freshwater Master Test Kit works great (tip: if you end up getting it at a chain pet store like PetSmart or Petco definitely price match it to the online price...its much cheaper...and great to have on hand). Some fish are more sensitive than others, even within the same species. You should just check it to be sure. I hope that was semi-helpful.
I have been wanting an api test kit but they are expensive and correct me if I’m wrong but I thought they were one time uses. Also would they be cheaper on amazon?
 
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I have been wanting an api test kit but they are expensive and correct me if I’m wrong but I thought they were one time uses. Also would they be cheaper on amazon?
No each kit has over 600 tests. Its worth it because honestly your problem could just be high ammonia, nitrite or nitrate and you don't know it.
 
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I also swung in to add: she looks healthy from that angle. Fish TB can only be diagnosed via microscope, but she doesn't really look thin - which can be TB, or even internal parasites. I've lost fish that had TB-like symptoms. She just looks stressed. You've had her for a few days, so she's adjusting to your parameters.

API kits are $20; I just use test strips for most maintenance and use my API kit when absolutely needed.
 
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No each kit has over 600 tests. Its worth it because honestly your problem could just be high ammonia, nitrite or nitrate and you don't know it.
That’s good to know, I will be sure to get one.
 
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zorianak said:
I also swung in to add: she looks healthy from that angle. Fish TB can only be diagnosed via microscope, but she doesn't really look thin - which can be TB, or even internal parasites. I've lost fish that had TB-like symptoms. She just looks stressed. You've had her for a few days, so she's adjusting to your parameters.

API kits are $20; I just use test strips for most maintenance and use my API kit when absolutely needed.
So you would say she has a low chance of having tb? Hopefully she just needs to adjust like you said.
Also would you say the strips are less accurate? And why do you use the api test kits on emergencies only?
I’ll try to get a few more female guppies as well.
 
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Mouska said:
I have been wanting an api test kit but they are expensive and correct me if I’m wrong but I thought they were one time uses. Also would they be cheaper on amazon?
I got mine at PetSmart and price matched it to the Petco website. It ended up costing me $22.99 I believe? It’s almost $40 in the store so it saved me a lot of money.
 
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So you would say she has a low chance of having tb? Hopefully she just needs to adjust like you said.
Also would you say the strips are less accurate? And why do you use the api test kits on emergencies only?
I’ll try to get a few more female guppies as well.
My tank parameters are stable is why. I use the API kit maybe once or twice a year if something from the test strip looks off or my fish seem off. It's just much more involved and time-consuming.
 
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zorianak said:
My tank parameters are stable is why. I use the API kit maybe once or twice a year if something from the test strip looks off or my fish seem off. It's just much more involved and time-consuming.
Same, I only test every few months now. But if any problems occur with my fish and I’m not sure what it is, the first thing I do is test. It’s really good to have.
 
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Thankyou for all the suggestions, I will be getting a test kit soon and the strips and test if there are any problems or every month or so.
 
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She is a lot more active today but still hides whenever I get close to the tank, she did flash once but maybe she just had an itch.
 
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She is a lot more active today but still hides whenever I get close to the tank, she did flash once but maybe she just had an itch.
That sounds like stress to me. She's going to be more susceptible to infection; just keep her water clean. Add aquarium salt if you have any - follow the directions on it - that'll help her fight off infections.
 
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zorianak said:
That sounds like stress to me. She's going to be more susceptible to infection; just keep her water clean. Add aquarium salt if you have any - follow the directions on it - that'll help her fight off infections.
I don’t have any aquarium salt right now. Is there any other things that could help her.
Right now she’s following all the other guppies around and I just fed them, she ate about half the food and spit out the other half.
 
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did she get any better?
 
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did she get any better?
She was doing really good, but she never gained any weight and died last week, I’m guessing it was old age since she never had any fry
 
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