Fancy Tailed Guppy Behavior

TylerKnuthIAJuly 18, 2005

Today I got 3 Fancy Tailed Guppies-2 females and 1 male-and all they do is hang around the top. Is this normal for guppies once you get them for the first time? Or what is normal guppie behavior? Thanks

TK

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woeisme(z7b NC)

Sometimes it takes a while for new fish to adapt. If they haven't allready, they should start to explore a little more and find "favorite" spots. Is there any other fish in the tank? Sometimes fish will stay at the top because of lack of oxygen (usually not the case but has happened). If you have some type of filtration or water movement this is probably not the case.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2005 at 9:56PM
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TylerKnuthIA

I have six neon tetras also right now. I have a Whisper Power Filter 60 for my 55 gallon tank.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2005 at 10:39PM
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sherryazure(6)

I had the same question, as some of mine like to hang at the top, one turned out to have ick, or something that causes him to want to scratch, so have treated entire tank since they all came from same sourse on same day.... I know certain fish like to rest atop the plants and am trying to find more information to see if this behavior is normal for guppies. will post here with information if found. Best Sherry

    Bookmark   July 19, 2005 at 11:59AM
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sherryazure(6)

Seems to be 'normal' behavior, everything else being equal.... I also turned down the water filter, air stone to lower level in case stream is too much and they rest atop plants??? Thoughts? slm

http://www.guppies.com/forums/showthread.php?p=46285

    Bookmark   July 19, 2005 at 12:03PM
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haloxero(7)

Hello all. I'm really new to the guppie care world. I was also wondering why my female was not doing a whole lot but staying at the top. She just breaths, not heavily though. While my male is as frisky as ever. Another question I have is why aren't their colours as vibrant as when I bought them? They both have silver heads and black tails, but the black is not so black anymore, and is it normal for the males eyes to change colour so frequently?

    Bookmark   September 8, 2005 at 8:50AM
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woeisme(z7b NC)

haloxero- Another reason for a fish to stay towards the top is stress. This can be caused by water conditions, illness. Is this a new aquarium? If so has it cycled? In your case it could also be that the female is being endlessly harassed by the male. Guppies, along with other livebearer fish, should be kept at a 1 male to 3 female ratio to prevent this.Or just keep same sex fish. The color loss could be one of 2 things that come to mind. The fish are ill, fadeing color can be a sign of illness. Or the lighting in your tank is different then the petshop. Another thing that comes to mind is age, but you said you where new to guppies so I am assuming the guppies are also new.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2005 at 12:29PM
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haloxero(7)

Thank you, woeisme. I have just bought a 10 gl tank and put them, 3 danios, and a chocolate albino sucker-fish in it. Everything seems ALOT better. I guess they just needed more friends, room and toys. We had watched the female have babies on Halloween!! However none of them lived. They never went up to hide in the plants. We think she is pregnant again, we are worried parents. We want some to live. Any tips?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2005 at 10:57AM
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fairy_toadmother

haloxero, describe your planting, please. is the tank heavily planted or sparse?...any floating plants? java moss or riccia/crystalwort? plastic or live (just for curiousity sake)?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2005 at 6:22PM
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birdinthepalm

Speaking of guppies, and this may sound strange , but I used to buy the somewhat expensive "fancy" veil tail guppies in hopes of having many equally beautiful offspring, but it alwasy seemed the offspring never developed the large colorful tail that the parents have , and I had more problems with diseases and illness with those guppies than any other fish in my tanks except for the discus of course. I sometimes wonder if the fancy ones just require very careful breeding or some special feeding to develope those big colorful tails?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2005 at 7:31AM
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haloxero(7)

I have 2 live plants rooted in the gravel, and plastic ferns I just left floating at the top of the tank. My male is a hungry little fish I guess, he follows her nose-to-belly, when she goes to her spot and delivers. I think he might be the problem also. Any ideas?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 4:27PM
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woeisme(z7b NC)

Guppy's and most livebearers are horrible parents. They eat their young like us Scots. Try a slate tile propped up slightly, very small gap. Better yet a breeding net and a small aquarium with a very low flow sponge filter. Best bet , Yahoo search for- "how to breed guppy's articles" (or is it spelled guppies?) There are alot of well written instructions on the web, take your pick.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 10:04PM
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LoriGreer

I have two guppies that were out in the cold because they were delivered without notice from the website they were ordered from. They, and the other fish in the box, have since been propoerly introduced via their plastic bags, into the cycled tank. The rest of the seem fine, the guppies are staying at the top of the tank. The less colorful one is less active than the other. Neither one seem to be eating much. It has been less than two days since they arrived. There are a few plants, none floating at the top, and an airstone. The temp is reading at 78-80. Any ideas? (The temp is a little to warm for our tetras)

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 3:45PM
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woeisme(z7b NC)

The temp. is a little warm for the guppy's. I read somewhere they do well in 70 degree water. The temp should be OK for most tetras, guess it depends on species. With that said the higher temp. may encourage the guppy's to eat or it could cause them to stay at the top. Keep a watchful eye on them. This is when having a cycled QT tank is handy. New additions should be kept a minimum of a month in QT, I am now doing 1 1/2 to 2 months because I have found that some disease takes a while to show. When fish stay at the top it could also be stress.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 10:09PM
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chowfun1976_yahoo_com

I have a very small 2 gallon heavily planted tank with 2 male and 4 female guppies in it. They have been doing very well (actively courting, browsing on algae growing on the rock, being playful, having babies) until I changed some of the plants (removed the Lysimachia nummularia and added Cabomba aquatica, a few chainswords and hair grass). The other plants in the tank are java fern, a floating ball of riccia, java moss, anubias nana, Limnophila aquatica, and duckweed.
The females began to swim in circles at the surface with their fins tucked against their bodies. A couple days later the males started doing the same thing. I don't know if this is some sort of weird courting thing but it's concerning me. The ammonia and nitrate levels are at 0 and the pH is somewhat alkaline at 7.2. What's going on? Could it be there are allelochemicals from the new plants that the fish are reacting to? Any help is appreciated.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2006 at 6:06PM
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fairy_toadmother

that is definitely not normal behavior. perhaps something was introduced on the plants.

i really can't help except to say, post a new message with a descriptive title. you will probably get more responses that way.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2006 at 8:30PM
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demoh_neo_rr_com

Hi. I just purchased 4 fancy tailed guppies, and the are harassing one of my platies. They follow and nip at him constantly. If he manages to shake one the others will pick up the scent and continue. I have even seen 2 or 3 after him at once. What can I do for my poor platy and why are they doing this?

    Bookmark   March 5, 2006 at 4:14PM
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lexie1397

Breeder attatchments can be added to the tank. Someone I know used one and had success. Once you're sure the mamma guppy is pregnant and pretty close to giving birth you put her in this little plastic box hooked on the tank with vents on the sides. She's still in her tank so nothing is different except her space. There is a grate at the bottom that is small enough for newborn guppies to get through but mamma can't reach them, and they can't escape the box. When they're born, the babies go down under the grate and you can remove the mother. The babies either stay in the same little box or be moved into a new tank with just guppy babies so they don't get eaten. The person I know moved his into a one gallon jar with an airstone (not the most professional setup, but it worked). Of about 15 born, and after a few kid produced disasters, I think three of them survived. Both parents were fancy guppies and all of the surviving babies had a little bit of color, though not as much as the parents.

The funniest part of the whole story is that the person no longer wants to keep up a tank, but can't convince one of the babies he bred to die so he can take down the tank.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2006 at 2:54PM
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gw:guppy-michelle

remove some of your plant for the person with the crazy guppies swimming in circles. Add the cute plastic ones and after rinsing them good, they will never cause problems. Live plants are just a burden and don't always do well with some fish. As for the parents eating the babies, just move the babies into a small tank all to their own when they are born. The mama always gives birth to more than one load. And it is perfectly normal for guppies to swim at the top of the tank when first introduced. If something goes wrong, go to Wal-mart and get some parasite and ick tablets and some aquasafe and aquarium salt and add the right amounts and that should take care of just about everything. i currently have 15 new babies all of which are perfectly fine with no extra fancy expensive just crowding them.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 11:41PM
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hamster4uandme_yahoo_com

yes i am having the same problems with my guppies they are staying at the top of the tank . and my platies are doing the same thing . i've tested the water three days in a row and everything is fine . the only thing wrong is my ammonia is a little high. i've put ammo lock in . and they are still acting like that. so i thought it was the heater.because the water was staying very cool. so i went out and got another one today. i also cleaned my tank the other day . i've done very thing i've always done when cleaning my 29 gallon . haven't changed doing any differnt .very worried please help.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 9:51PM
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woeisme(z7b NC)

Fish staying at the top of the water is from stress or lack of oxygen. This is not uncommon in a new tank. Change the water to bring ammonia below .25 until the tank has cycled. Actually,with ammonia present, cooler water is less toxic then warmer water. As long as the water temp. is above 68F your good enough.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2007 at 9:15PM
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guppy_guy_19

i have 3 fancy tail guppys in my take wit other fish my female is pregnet but i was wondering how long after her gravl spot show will she have her fry ?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2007 at 7:46AM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

Gestaion is about a month. When she has a squared off shape, she is ready. Also, you can see the eyes of the babies.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2007 at 8:46PM
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guppy_guy_19

ok thanks i have 2 neons and 2 glow light tetras how do i breed them i no they lay egg so would i have 2 get another tank as well as my 2 dojo looches who do i breed them ? please help

    Bookmark   August 17, 2007 at 1:22AM
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guppy_guy_19

hello agian. will pink and blue tetras eat my neon's and glow light tetra's. and my new female fancy tail guppy is always bunting my other pregnet guppy why is she doing this and the male wont go near her she always nips at him also how do i know if i have a male or female dojo looch as well as the algae eater has a raw spot on his tail could u tell me what thi is i hope it isnt ick please help im new 2 all of this it was a birthday gift and i want them all 2 live please and thank you

    Bookmark   August 17, 2007 at 5:15AM
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guppy_guy_19

hey nevermind about the algae eater he died so i flushed him but how do i sex pink tetra's

    Bookmark   August 17, 2007 at 3:41PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

What kind of tetra is a pink tetra? Ther has to be another name for it.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2007 at 9:10PM
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guppy_guy_19

im not sure of the name but its seems fine but it will eat the small guppy fry but yea how do i sex glowlight tetra

    Bookmark   August 19, 2007 at 9:44PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

Generally speaking, males will have more pointed fins and more color, while females will have more full stomachs.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 8:26PM
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guppy_guy_19

ok thanks alot will bleeding heart fish get along with guppys , neon tetra glow light tetra and dojo looches ? anddo i have 2 have a sand bed for the tetra 2 lay eggs or is gravel fine? thanks

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 8:45PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

They're fine. Always provide plants and shale as hiding places. Good luck breeding the Bleeding Hearts, though. Tetras generally need soft, acid water and should be conditioned. They need to feel a change in season. You should have a substrate that will allow the eggs to fall through, so that they don't get eaten and I would setup a tank specially for them.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 6:46PM
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guppy_guy_19

ok thanks my female guppy has ick on her tail and onher back and shes a little weak will the treatment kill her babys inside of her ?

    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 9:23PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

That's hard to say. You'll just have to wait it out.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 8:06PM
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guppy_guy_19

dose brime shrimp make fish grow bigger like thinker and healthy and my guppy seems to be doing better after two ick tretments thanks for your help

    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 7:43AM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

Live food helps, but a larger tank and stable conditons would really help.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 7:38PM
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guppy_guy_19

ok thanks i have a 1o gallon tank wit 4 guppys 2 neons 2 glo lights 2 pink tetra , 2 dojo looches and a feeder goldfish go thers lots of room 2 grow

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 3:08PM
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guppy_guy_19

i have now only 2 guppys 2 glow light tetra's 1 gold fish and 2 dojo looches im going 2 buy 2 fighting sish 1 male 1 female will they bother the others if i watch them carfuly ?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2007 at 11:34PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

They should be alright. I wouldn't personally mix goldfish with tropicals. It's also a good idea to provide plants, shale, etc.. for hiding places.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 4:20PM
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guppy_guy_19

today i bought 4 pregnet female guppys a male and female fighting fish that are in togather n the guppys r in with the other fish in the 10 gallon tank but 1 female the fattest 1 like shes square i put her in the guppy breeder floating tank im hopin that every thing goes well this time thanks for all ur help it been very much apreacited

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 12:00AM
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guppy_guy_19

how do i no when my female fighing fish is ready 2 spawn her belly is fat but the male hasnt made a bubble nest
please help!!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 6:51PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

Do you see a white spot on her abdomen?

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 4:55PM
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guppy_guy_19

yea its a little white thing in between her frount fins and shes very fat well fatter then when i bought her
thanks for your help

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 5:53PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

If you can, keep them separated but visible to one another. Conditon them with live food. Before too long the male will build a bubblenest and the female will become more receptive to spawning.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 8:28PM
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guppy_guy_19

ok thanks

    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 3:29PM
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guppy_guy_19

my guppy had babys how long do i leave them in all 2 gether and how much salt do guppys like

    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 5:14PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

If you have adequate plants in the tank, for hiding, the fry and adults can co-exist. They don't need any salt.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 8:59PM
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guppy_guy_19

the internet said they like 1 or 2 table spoons but will skum suckers kill guppys cuz i found my male with all of his fins riped off

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 5:03PM
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guppy_guy_19

will algae eater kill guppys ??

    Bookmark   September 14, 2007 at 4:09PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

If you want to add a little aquarium salt to soothe the wounds, that would be fine. No, algae won't kill the guppys.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2007 at 5:02PM
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guppy_guy_19

oo ok thanks i found my male guppy with all of his fins riped off i was woundering wat would do that 2 him i have gold fish , looches , glo light teras and a female fighting fish

    Bookmark   September 14, 2007 at 10:33PM
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baby_lor

hi. my female guppy is about to give birth in no time, but it looks like she cant keep her balance as if she is doing a head stand. i have a 10 gal. tank. i have her for 3 month and this will be her 2nd time being pregnant.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2007 at 3:02PM
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tnjm33

i have 5 guppies in a self sustaining 10 gallon tank at school. today when i went to check on things i could not find one of them. i looked through the plants and i poked around the top layer of rocks but he was no where to be found. i do not know whether my guppies and male or female, and i was wondering if it is possibole that the other guppies ate the one that i am missing.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 8:38PM
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rebecca_2008

My guppy has a dark color ball growth on his tail. I have tested the water and it is fine. Today he has another really small growth on the other side of his fin and on his top fin. He is still eating and swimming, but I can't figure out what it is. Someone please help!

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 11:52PM
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giorgianap357

I have had the same problem with my guppies. So far 5 guppies had died. Before they died 1-2 days they were just swimming in circles around top of aquarium. At first i figured it was ammonia due to having a medium sized goldfish, so i removed the goldfish and changed water bringing to close to 0 ammonia. Introduced new guppies yesterday and same behavior. If this is similar to the other guppies behavior I expect they will also die. CAN ANYONE HELP? something mu st go wrong and i do not know what. Water temperature is about 80 and ph is about 7.0.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2008 at 12:51AM
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bangme33

hi i have 2 fancy tail guppies and 4 females and iam sure 1 of em is pregnant so about to become a dad again as i also have to unidentified babes in the tank not sure who gave birth to those,if they survive then i will no but until now a guessing game lol i have never had a problem with my guppies but its fun watchin the males doing there courtship dance

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 10:55AM
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littlemette

hello, you guys seem really well informed.. i have two female guppies who are both prego. i have a white female (whity) and a bigger blue female (big mama). Whity, this is her first batch, seems ready to give birth any minute just because i can see the baby eye moving down, square belly, but when i put her in the breeder nothing happens for a 2 days. i let her out between for exceres and she seems still socail and playful. whats her deal? and with Big Mama she is big already and always seem ready to pop lol, but realilitcally she has a black G spot and is hiding from the others, and hasnt quite spuard off yet but its starting to. can you help me figure out what to do

    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 9:57PM
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ponder_ndm

I have a pregnant female that looks like she may be dying.

She is head up, tail down. Still breathing. I separated her.

When I check on her, I talk and she responds. Will she have her babies before dying? What should I do to assist with the birthing process?

I'm at a loss

I hate to see her suffer

Thanks for any help

    Bookmark   March 30, 2009 at 10:16AM
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tettra_fan

i have an male guppy and it seems to flout unwillingly. when it goes to the bottom of the tank it starts to stand on its tail. it will then try to lay back down but float again. it still seems to be helthy otherwise it swims pretty fast i need some help please?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 11:13AM
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