When cleaning your
box filters, save 1/3 of the cleanest floss to insert
between the new floss. This will help seed your new floss
with good bacteria.
When cleaning a
confined space such as a breeder box or small tank, use a
turkey baster to vacuum the bottom. A piece of airline
tubing is also excellent for this purpose.
Instead of buying a
breeder box and chancing a stressed female, buy some
inexpensive netting with holes large enough for fry to swim
through. Drape down to the middle of the female's tank
and put plants, etc. in her area.
You can use an
unrolled or shredded plastic scrubber (clean and unused),
which is sold for washing dishes, as a place for fry to
hide in when born.
Java Moss is an
excellent plant for the guppy breeder to have on hand which
provides the perfect cover for fry and food for all. It
thrives in a guppy tank and has low light
Sterilize nets and
other durable fish accessories with boiling
Save your AquaClear
foam inserts! Boil them for 5 minutes on the stove and
squeeze with a potato masher. This will clean and renew
them when they get worn and filthy.
AquaClear charcoal bags with bulk charcoal and fasten with
an elastic band.
Cover your power
filter's intake tube with panty hose attached with an
elastic band to make it fry-friendly.
Paint the bottom of
your bare-bottom tanks with black spray paint. This reduces
much of the reflection which can stress
Buy fish flakes in
bulk and store in the freezer in an air-tight bag to
When your guppies
has a small drop, keep the fry in a floating breeding tank
for the first week or so. This will enable them to find
more food and burn fewer calories for quicker
Clean filter tubes
and slots with a small toothbrush and pipe
Buy thin wall rigid
tubing at your fish supply store to make a smaller version
of a gravel vac. Use 3/16" or 3/8" size and cut
to suit your tank size.
Save your money, do
not buy charcoal/carbon - it is needed only when removing
Take floss and
one-half water from a healthy, cycled tank to create a new
safe tank, instantly cycled.
When going away on
vacation, have a pill dispenser with separate compartments
for each day of the week, hand have your friend simply put
each day's ration in the tank. This will avoid
Guppies can survive
2 weeks or more without being fed. A guppy fry will last at
least a week with no food, especially in cool water, but
it's future growth is permanently stunted.
When catching a
guppy, try to raise the net up to the surface from below
him. Do not chase him around and frighten him. When you
have the guppy in a net, coax him into a container of water
to move him rather than lift him out of the water in the
Try to feed only
live food when medicating a fish in a hospital tank. This
encourages sick fish to eat food, keeps them strong enough
to fight disease, and helps keep the tank water
Vinegar is a safe cleaner for
removing hard water deposits on the tank hood and power
When a guppy jumps
out of the tank, gently ease him onto a wet net and replace
him. Do not pick him up with your fingers, it can cause
Use a Tupperware or
ice cream container if you are short on tanks when fry are
To help "force
feed" a small batch of fry in a tank that seems too
large, put them in a floating breeding trap minus the
bottom slot in the tank.
Above all, always
remember to have a couple of spare tanks on hand for use as quarantine,
hospital, or emergency fry tanks! Nothing can substitute for proper
equipment when breeding guppies.