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post #11 of 18 Old 10-26-2012, 04:24 PM
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If it is a female I would say that perhaps she's getting ready to give birth? How long has he/she been doing this?

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post #12 of 18 Old 10-26-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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i got them all around four days back. she's been doing this ever since. i thought they were all males as the females i had seen were all dull coloured. so this is a she ? my partner's gonna be extremely pleased

do i have to keep her separately ? or wait till the fry arrive and then shift them to a new place?

if this is a male then why would he behave like this?

in India the aquarium owners/retailers are usually idiots who just want their fish sold. so half of them would happily keep all the fish together in bad conditions until its rescued by sensible owners. there are a few rare people who know their background very well. the guy i bought these from knew a little more than most but unfortunately my cichlid knowledge is zero. *sigh*

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post #13 of 18 Old 10-27-2012, 11:37 AM
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From the picture I would say it is likely that it is a she. some females can have some nice coloring (although the males are typically much brighter colored.) I can't say for sure since I can't see the fins. Here are some pictures that show what to look for
The top one is a female. Notice her slightly bigger size and the fins along her belly. Here is a female

The bottom is a male. Notice the different fins along his bottom along with his gonopodium. which look like this (the arrow points to the gonopodium)


Now if it is a female, you might want to seperate her. simply because so many males will stress her out to the point that she may die. I would say (especially if you wish to save some fry) to move her now.
If it is a male, I'm not sure I can really help as to why he's doing this.
Well even some of the good pet stores I've been to have sometimes put female guppies with all the males on accident.
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post #14 of 18 Old 10-28-2012, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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i had checked a few messages but thank you so much for the detailed info. so m guessing there's one or two males and the rest four are females.

i also asked my mentor who knows a lot about these things. he said if its a male he'll have red spots under his belly (he also asked to check the fins like you did) and in this case might have an infection or some defect in his swim bladder.

will be separating her today.

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I've found it's rather hard to check for the spots. (I can't actually confirm that they are present on any of my males.) It's much easier (and IMO more accurate) to check the fins.

Looking back at your picture, I know I spot two guppies that I am almost positive are males. The rest of them, it is very possible that they are females. In which case... Expect babies.
I would recommend feeding her/him a little bit of pea. (crush it up in pieces small enough for her to eat). This will help if she/he does have swim bladder (or even constipation).
I would also suggest adding some aquarium salt to your tank. It can be beneficial to guppies. It also helps with parasites/infections. I believe your cichlids would tolerate the salt, but you might want to look that up to be sure.

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post #16 of 18 Old 10-29-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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just added salt. i was planning on it from some time.

btw, a guppy died :( he/she was circling around in a dizzying speed. there's another one doing the same !!!!

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Aww. I'm sorry about your guppy. Does your other guppy do it all the time? or is it just after you turn the lights on? I suspect it could be damage to his/her nervous system... in which case I think it's kind of a coincidence that more than one fish has.

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post #18 of 18 Old 10-31-2012, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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the guppy is getting worse and one of my cichlid died as well. the guppy is bent horribly now. i transferred the rest to my bigger tank and the other cichlid as well.

the aquarium dealers here or atleast the ones i've seen in this city are all idiots. the way they handle fish is really bad. i'm just hoping the cichlid will survive. he doesn seem happy.
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