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post #11 of 22 Old 11-28-2011, 04:59 PM
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how fast a guppy will grow depends on a few factors including diet and tank size; a good indicator of when they're sexually mature would be when they start to get the color in them to attract the other sex, & make their sex more announced
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post #12 of 22 Old 11-28-2011, 07:32 PM
Are they both one inch or is one smaller then the other?

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post #13 of 22 Old 11-29-2011, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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they are both approx 1in. it is hard to tell because they never stay still!


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post #14 of 22 Old 11-29-2011, 06:45 PM
Females usually grow larger then males but their full size can range from 1-2 inches but they are probably plenty old enough to have babies.

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post #15 of 22 Old 11-30-2011, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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the female is definitely fatter than the male, i just cannot tell if she is longer


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post #16 of 22 Old 11-30-2011, 07:15 PM
Okay can you see any black spots on the end of them. You should see them on one and not the other. This is called her gravid spot, it is only found on females. Look towards the back of the fish before the tail and there should be a cluster of either pink, black, or gray.

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post #17 of 22 Old 11-30-2011, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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i see what you mean, but it looks orange?


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post #18 of 22 Old 12-02-2011, 08:41 AM
Thats okay it will turn black when the eggs are fertilized.

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post #19 of 22 Old 12-03-2011, 10:57 AM
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Yeah, you can tell by the gravid spot you have one male and one female. Very pretty fish! As already suggested I'd get another female. As long as your tank is heavily planted, and your filter intake tube isn't overly powerful and capable of sucking up the fry, many of the fry will find places to hide. If you try and save every last fry born you will be overcome with guppies. Trust me, I've been there.

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post #20 of 22 Old 12-03-2011, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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I understand that some fry will have birth defects and must be culled. Do you think a Red Tailed Shark or a Three Spot Gourami will eat them? they are the biggest fish i have and i would rather they eat the fry rather than me kill them. At least if they eat them it will contribute to the circle of life and whatnot. lol.


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