What to Do With Extra Guppies? (Unwanted Guppy Fry)

what to do with extra guppies

Your first fry drop is always exciting, but what do you do when you find yourself overwhelmed with dozens of fry being born every week or two?

How to Control Guppy Population in Your Aquarium?

If your community tank and breeding tank are overrun with guppies, try one of these strategies to give yourself a more manageable amount of guppies to care for.

8 Quick ways to get rid of extra guppies

  • Sell them offline via advertorial
  • Sell them online Social Networks, Groups, and Marketplaces
  • Donate to an LFS or any petcare organization
  • Let the guppy parents eat the fry
  • Let another predator or fish eat them
  • Trade with Local Breeders
  • Turn Guppies Into Feeders

Sell to a Local Fish Supply Store

You may have luck selling your guppies to a local pet supply store.

The price you can get will depend on the guppies (fancy guppies may fetch a higher price than feeder guppies), the store itself, and the health and appearance of your guppies.

In some cases, you can expect to get $1 per adult guppy.

Some pet stores won’t adopt guppies, particularly large chain stores.

If you don’t have luck at the first pet store, try another one.

You will probably have better luck by requesting a store credit for each fish.

Sell or Trade on Fish Forums

You can also list your guppies for sale or trade on classified sites.

Sell Guppy fry Online

you can sell excess guppies on legal marketplaces like eBay or any similar ones including aquarist community forums

Sell Guppies by Placing An Advertisement In The Newspaper Paper or local magazine

Try advertising your guppies for $1 apiece for pet enthusiast or feeder use.

You will likely get a better price by trading your guppies for fish food or equipment.

Trade with Local Breeders

If you have any friends who are guppy breeders, or a local forum or community,

try trading your adult, juvenile, or fry guppies with local breeders who are willing to take them off your hand. You can trade for anything you like,

whether it’s baby brine shrimp you can breed yourself or another fish that catches your eye.

Turn Guppies Into Feeders

If you have an overabundance of guppies, you can also turn them into feeder fish.

You can feed guppy fry to large fish and predators like large angelfish, turtles, crayfish, tiger salamanders, and leopard cteopoma.

Introduce Bully or Predator Fish

If guppies get out of control in your tank and you find your aquarium flooded with them

Introduce Male Betta Fish they will simply eat the excess fry.

Cichlids, gourami, paradise fish, rainbowfish, or any predator fish with a mouth the size of guppy fry will be an option to control their population.

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