wild guppies

not_anerd
not_anerd Member Posts: 3
edited November 2006 in Beginner's Forum
Hey what's the difference with the guppies you find down the creek, and the ones you buy in a shop. (besides the colour of course)

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  • livefish
    livefish Administrator Posts: 278
    Hi not_anerd,

    The fish that you will find in many local creeks looks like a guppy but is most likely a gambusia. They are a really nasty fish that will pick at other fish in your tank and eventually kill them. You should never put them in your fish tank with your other fish!
  • doovas84
    doovas84 Member Posts: 11
    hey guys,
    thats rite about the guppys, i put them with some other fish once and they tore them apart, the only use for them is to be used as feeder fish!
  • Ken Boorman
    Ken Boorman Member Posts: 224
    IMHO using live fish as feeders is a REALLY good way to introduce diseases and parasites into your tank. With the ready availability of a varied range of flake, pellets, frozen foods, freeze-dried foods, etc these days, I can't see the value in risking your expensive fish for the sake of a .50cent feeder guppy/goldfish.

    Ken
  • MissFishLover
    MissFishLover Member Posts: 50
    Hey what's the difference with the guppies you find down the creek, and the ones you buy in a shop. (besides the colour of course)

    I use to catch them when I was a youngin'. I remember they use to bite the hell out of my "shop" fish, and not only that, make them really sick as well, with all sorts of diseases <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( -->

    They're not worth the hassel.
  • BLINKY
    BLINKY Administrator Posts: 95
    Heh Heh I remember a friend of mine had trouble with his aquarium fish. They kept getting fin rot (so he would say). He was buying all sorts of medication from the local aquarium shop to help the fish. But nothing was working. Eventually he asked me for help. I went through the usual water quality question to see if it was environmental, maybe a water quality issue. Eventually in frustration I asked him to get out his camera and send me a picture of the sick fish and a couple of pictures of his tank. Thinking maybe at least seeing the tank and fish I'de have a chance of figuring our what the problem is. Low and behold once I saw those Gambusia in the tank it all made sence. They were picking at the other fish in the tank and ofcourse they were getting a little bit of columaris on the injory. It turns out his mum put them in there after finding them in there creek. So of course I told him to take them out. Then fish then were able to get better on there own and he hasn't had any problems since.
  • IMHO using live fish as feeders is a REALLY good way to introduce diseases and parasites into your tank. With the ready availability of a varied range of flake, pellets, frozen foods, freeze-dried foods, etc these days, I can't see the value in risking your expensive fish for the sake of a .50cent feeder guppy/goldfish.

    Ken

    hahaha IMO you have more chance of getting diseases from shop baught feeders
    but thats becouse most shops dont look after the feeders enough
    if you put the wild caught in to a tank and inspect them before feeding them to your fish
    i ahve done this for years with no problems at all
    but i may be lucky to be getting fish from a healthy waterway with endangered fish
    im doing them a favor trying to fish out the gambusia

    if you are that worried you can allways freeze them first that "should" kill every thing bad (except heavy metals if from a poluted creek)
  • Ken Boorman
    Ken Boorman Member Posts: 224
    im doing them a favor trying to fish out the gambusia

    Do you really think you'll make a dent in the population of Damnbusia? <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: --> <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->

    Ken
  • when collecting a few 1000's at a time can only help
    from an enclosed waterway <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P -->