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post #1 of 18 Old 04-01-2007, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Guppies help please!!

I am new at breeding guppies.

Actually, i have never bred guppies before in my life.

i have been running and maturing my tank for about 2 weeks, i tested the water at the shop and they said it's a go for the guppies. So i bought them today. They seem to be enjoying the tank, just hanging out and swimming around, doing the fishy stuff.

i bought 2 platinum male and 4 fancy females.

the question is how do i tell if the females are pregnant? all four of the females have that "black gravid spot" everyone is talking about. 2 out of 4 have a bigger size belly than the other one. I don't think i could see the frys in the black spot.

do all females have that black gravid spot?

does anybody have a pictures of pregnant female and non-pregnant female guppies?

i don't want the frys to get eaten by the mommies and daddies


if you care about the future generation of guppies please help me.

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post #2 of 18 Old 04-02-2007, 12:06 AM
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the question is how do i tell if the females are pregnant? all four of the females have that "black gravid spot" everyone is talking about. 2 out of 4 have a bigger size belly than the other one. I don't think i could see the frys in the black spot.

do all females have that black gravid spot?
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Yes, all females have a gravid spot. The darker the gravid spot, the closer the sign of them dropping the fry. It appears all your females are gravid.

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does anybody have a pictures of pregnant female and non-pregnant female guppies?
I wasn't able to obtain pics when I had guppies before. But it is easy to tell the differences. Gravid females have square shape abdomen when viewed on their side part. And as I mentioned, the darker the gravid spot, the closer the sign of them dropping the fry.
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i don't want the frys to get eaten by the mommies and daddies
Provide your tank with plants. Don't use breeding nets, etc which are far too stressful resulting in premature birth. I wouldn't worry about the fry. Well-fed parents do not always try to eat the fry and fry are very agile at hiding and escaping. Furthermore, guppies weren't called 'million fish' for nothing. Guppies are by far one of the most prolific fish so it is easy to overcrowd a tank with guppies. Every batch is resulted with a gap between 2-3 weeks. A female guppy can produce several batches of fry without a male.

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post #3 of 18 Old 04-02-2007, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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here's what they look like





and im not sure if that is processed bbs (poop) or a fry.




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The top two guppies should be ready to give birth anytime until next week perhaps.:) The right one is quite heavy actually. You'll need plants to make them feel more comfortable.:)

The bottom picture does not show anything more than poop to me.:)

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is that sufficient amount of plants for the frys??


and that's one of the males.


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I would suggest adding more plants. Try to get some floating plants. Hornworts and riccia in particularly are your best bets.:)

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post #7 of 18 Old 04-05-2007, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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so i left them for 4 days for school, now they look skinnier. The gravid spot also got less darker.

is it possible that they have dropped and feasted on their frys?

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is it possible that they have dropped and feasted on their frys?
Er..yes.

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post #9 of 18 Old 04-05-2007, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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dang.



i missed some shipment!



ARRGHHH

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I don;t know why they would have eaten them unless they weren't fed for the 4 days. I had guppies before and I never had them eat the babies. Had so many after a month I had to give them to the LFS as feeders. The tank didn't have any plants at the time and more survived than I knew what to do with.

BTW, the one on the left looks like a typical stillborn fry to me. They might not have survived the birthing and that might be why they were eaten.
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