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So I set up a tank earlier for my Mum, she wanted a fish tank in her room, it's just an AquaTopia 20l, I have used left over Eco Complete substrate and planted some Blyxa Japonica, also added some Anubias, Bolbitis, narrow leaf Java Fern as well glued to pebbles, but I'm wondering what temp to set the tank too? I read 24c for adults, but thought I'd ask on here though.

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GotCrabs

WOW, this thread is booming with action, haha, also do Guppies like strong or low current in the tank?

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jayc

You talking to your self now Crabs? LOL

 

Anyway, 24-25 sounds right for guppies.

And they aren't the fastest swimmers around, so a med to low flow tank would probably be best for them.

 

 

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GotCrabs

It's OK JayC, I'm used to talking to myself, haha.

Yeah read online 24c but wanted to check with people on here also, so I'm hearing from the keepers themselves.

Thank re: water flow, did wonder if it was better to have a medium/low, will drop the flow down in a tick.

Anubias, Bolbitis, Java Fern and Blyxa all fine to keep in a Guppy tank? Won't be nibbled on? Only have 5 in there.

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jayc

I think @ineke keeps guppies.

Let's call out to her for some insights.

Inekeeeeeee !!

 

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ineke

You called LOL . I used to keep Guppies but the little blighters kept breeding on me and in the end I gave up. I found they liked warm water so 24/25 is OK. They like clean water so regular water changes. Water flow at medium is probably best as they do get caught in the current and those with longer fins can struggle. Well planted tanks are best with some fine foliage for the fry to hide in. I fed a variety of dry foods but I always had at least one feed a week of live food, brine shrimp, daphnia , mosquito larvae and black worms. They loved their live food especially any mosquito larvae . I don't know what the newer generation of guppy breeders do but I went by the maxim of feeding little but often and 20% water changes weekly. Other than that show a boy a girl and we have babies! Goôd luck.

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jayc

HAHAHA.

Yeah guppies can get to be a handful by how prolific they breed.

 

Good luck Crabs, you're gonna need more tanks.

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GotCrabs

Correction, Mum will need more tanks, haha.

 

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Anyway, just a pic of the tank, let me know if this is OK for Guppies, cheers.

 

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Also, is that Blyxa? It feels more solid to touch and doesn't hang like Blyxa I have in other tanks.

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Zorba

Looks good GC

You may want to add a floating plant  , something like hornwort , this will help the fry hide

I found the females also like to hide in it to give birth

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ineke

Tank looks great but for guppies you should have a few more plants as Zorba has mentioned. The males will harass the females - which is why you need more females than males- so the females need some hiding places and the babies also need to hide for a few days/ weeks . 

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GotCrabs

Tank looks great but for guppies you should have a few more plants as Zorba has mentioned. The males will harass the females - which is why you need more females than males- so the females need some hiding places and the babies also need to hide for a few days/ weeks . 

Yeah the tank was a rush job Ineke, Mum decided she wanted a tank in her room so I threw this all together and then she went out and came back with these 5 Guppies, blame Mum, blame Mum! ha.

I'll suss out a floating plant and might see if I can find some stuff to thicken the the bottom half out, cheers.

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shrimpaholich

how are the little fellas doin GC? i keep guppies too. Mum like em so far?

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GotCrabs

Holic, man it's 5:22 am here and I'm wide awake surfing the SKF forum, I have no life, haha.

Yeah Mum loves the Guppies, the colours and patterns are nice, Guppies aren't really my thing but it's what she wanted, man looking back at that photo above is mad, tank looks so different now, so much growth and more plants in there, added AR mini, Anubias, some mosses, all Guppies going well, no breeding though but that doesn't matter, also added Bolbitis as well.

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shrimpaholich

glad shes liking them :) and its OK to be up early surfing fourms lmao. i stay up late doing the same thing, and get up early to do the same thing. haha. my life IS fourms at this point.

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GotCrabs

Yeah I haven't been sleeping too flash the last few months so my pattern is all over the shop, been up since 1:00 am mate.

Hopefully have some plants in the mail today, so a few stems of what I have coming will probably go into this tank and the rest will go towards the projects that the stems were ordered for in the first place, some little projects to keep me busy I guess.

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