Advice column all about aquariums by J. Hotelling
Subject: Fish dying
I found your address on the web and wondered if you could help.
I have recently bought some guppies (3 males and 1 female) and have put
them into a room temperature terracota bowl with some white cloud mountain
minnows, lots of plants & rocks, etc.
One of the males died on the first day but the others are fine and have
been there now for about three or four weeks. After about a week of seeming
quite happy, one of the males starting to spend all its time behind the
rocks, only coming out to feed. Soon both males were doing this, and when
they do come out, they are immediately chased back in again by the female.
What do you think might be wrong? I thought that maybe the female had laid
eggs and they were being fertilised, but this has ben going on for nearly
There are many factors involved that I do not have information for. I will offer a few words.
1) Was the container properly cycled? 2)How many fish are in it? 3)How large is it? 4)How much room do the fish have to swim in this container (with the decorations)? 5)What is your room temperature? 6) What is the ph of the water?
Since guppies are livebearers the fertilization takes place while the
female is still carrying the young (fry). The female may have chosen that
area as the birthing area, but that leads to speculation.
Hopefully this info, and these questions will get us off to a start in
determining the root of the problem.
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