Overpopulation: A Worldwide Issue


April 2007:  Three mature guppies.  37 immature baby guppies. 

3 + 37 = 250

Have you ever wondered how Walmart started?  I can tell you all about it.  Sam Walton obviously had guppies of mixed sexes in one tank early in his life.  Soon Sam had two tanks to deal with the overpopulation crisis.  Then ten tanks.  Then he had to start Walmart to sell all the guppies.  Wisely, his stores now house their guppies in two tanks and separate the fish by gender. 

You’d think we would have caught on to this.  But no.  We bought three cute little guppies…. two years ago.  The crowd control problem was worse than the thirteen colonies before westward expansion….  manifest destiny… all that good stuff.  I emailed friends offering free pets for their children…. twenty per bag.  I was saving them $2.49 PER FISH!  That’s $49.80, for those who don’t have a calculator handy (like I do.)  What a nice friend I am!  Only two takers.

Solution #2 came in the disguise of Vacation Bible School at our church.  They unknowingly aided in my guppy distribution by asking me to teach crafts.  I was given a “decorating” budget for the arts and crafts room… heh heh heh.  AND the theme was Under the Sea!!!  Perfect.  I decorated with 6″ glass bowls complete with rocks, water and 5-7 guppies.  Then I gave them away every day as long as the kid had parental approval.  I got rid of more than 75 fish that week…. but that was over 8 months ago.  We are back up to over 100 guppies in our 10 gallon tank. 

I tell you all of this because I can’t sell them on eBay or Craig’s List.  Please help!  Free guppies!  Leave your contact info in the comment box below and I’ll have them delivered to your front door.

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18 Responses to “Overpopulation: A Worldwide Issue”

  1. lavonna Says:

    Okay, I think we have a problem here at the Crosby house. I would say yearly with an over population of guppy inhabitants. There needs to be some intervention here, maybe professional help by Dr. Phil, or even better, maybe re-education of the birds and the bees talk, just maybe? LOL!

    You crack me up! I know there are certain things that I can count on and one is the yearly spawning of guppies at the Crosby home. Ya’ll just make me smile!

  2. Renee Says:

    Hi, I’d like about 6 or 7 female guppies. I don’t mind if they’re pregnant or not. I’ve actually got the opposite problem, my guppies aren’t breeding!!! However, I’d prefer if I could get them for free or at a cheap price since I’m saving up for some sponge filter in my female bettas’ tanks. I have a few questions before I accept any guppies though.

    Are they disease free?

    How much is shipping?

    Are the guppies heavily inbred? Because it kind of sounds like it from your post, (no offense) how you started with 3, then two years later you had 250 of them.

  3. rixgal Says:

    Renee, This is actually a homeschool fish tank gone wild. We don’t sell them. Yes, you are correct, they are heavily inbred. I’m sure most of them are retarded. This week is VBS at church and my favorite guppy time of the year…. I give them all away. I gave away about 25 this morning. Sorry to disappoint you. I wouldn’t have a clue how to ship guppies from AZ…. they’d be cooked before they left the post office.

  4. rixgal Says:

    Update: July 2008… I bought another special “population control” fish at Petco. Now I have only five guppies….. and no babies that live longer than a couple of minutes. It’s the circle of life right in my family room. Makes me want to sing a Lion King song….. The Ciiiiiiiiiiiiir-cle-le-le….

  5. Zac van Wegen Says:

    hi i am very intrested but you wouldnt be able to ship to australia would you? plz get back to me via email ASAP

    Cheers, Zac.

  6. Tyler Says:

    Do you still have free guppies?

  7. Tyler Says:

    Oh, goodness, I just read the other comments…oops. I actually live in Minnesota, and read you don’t ship them, I’m sorry!

  8. My Fishy Destiny « My Sister's Jar Says:

    […] Remember back a year or two ago (and the previous four years before that) when we kept having guppy population explosions in our family fish tank?  If not go here: https://mysistersjar.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/overpopulation-a-worldwide-issue/ […]

  9. ben Says:

    i would but iv got the same problem but iv got about 300 and 3 tanks. 1 20 gallon, 1 30 gallon and 1 5 gallon. im trying to fined a way of geting into the market with them. uv given me some idea’s now so thank you for the inseraton.

  10. Merlin Says:

    i would love up to 20 mixed sexes and breeds

  11. Dreil Says:

    Do you have any Guppies to get rid of. I have 4 of them now and one picos. they havent started to reproduce yet o I have some room for others..

  12. cliff Says:

    i have 3 males 3females and 3 babies i would like to have some.

  13. bob Says:

    Give me about 10 both secessionists

  14. Fiona Nimietz Says:

    My adress is ShadowCrona@yahoo.com
    Email me, I am willing to take many guppies. I specifically want more males than females. ^ ^
    Thanks so much,


  15. Crona Says:

    I can take a few males and females. Email me @ ShadowCrona@yahoo.com if you still want to get rid of some. ^ ^

  16. lazezweb.com Says:

    Thanks a lot for publishing Overpopulation: A Worldwide Issue My
    Sister’s Jar, I was searching for anything comparable and was grateful to find the advice as a result of this blog post.

  17. Vonnie Froiland Says:

    We could use some guppies! Our tank got sick and they all died : (
    We are starting over soon…

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