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post #1 of 7 Old 08-06-2011, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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guppy birth spanning over multiple days?

hi, I have a guppy who gave birth to about 15 fry two nights ago. she still looks completely pregnant, with a big black gravid spot. she still exhibits some behaviors as if she is in labor, like staying in one spot still, shimmying, sometimes pushing a little. but still no more fry.
is she still pregnant, maybe a fry is stuck or something
I cannot find answers anywhere about this, has anyone seen this before? she is still eating and pooping fine, i just don't get it.

here's the only decent pic i could get of her, it doesn't show her gravid spot but it shows how big she still is. her gravid spot is big and black, and square.

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-07-2011, 03:53 PM
I recently had a guppy that gave birth too. I however didn't know about any of the warning signs (and still dont) but I believe they give birth in multiple batches over the course of a month. I was netting newer "little ones" swimming around my tank for a good solid month, and putting them in a breeder net.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-08-2011, 06:50 PM
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Guppies can birth over a 48 hour period. Yours is still completely squared off, so yes, i would say she's got some left in her. Be sure she has plenty to eat. If she refuses she is very close to having more of her fry. Is this your first time with guppy birthing? Best of luck to you.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-08-2011, 07:02 PM
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I'd love to take some of those guppies off your hands!
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-10-2011, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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I ended up finding one fry in the tank the next day. I wasn't able to catch her in labor to move her to the breeder trap so all the babies got eaten. kind of sad but she'll have more next month. the tank is heavily planted but she is one of those gals who eats them as soon as they are born, even if she is given a lot of food before and during birth. going to try a breeder trap next time if i can catch her in time. she will have such pretty babies.
not exactly my first time breeding guppies, my father used to breed them as a child, and i was an avid watcher and helper. but now as an adult this is my first time breeding by myself.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-10-2011, 05:03 PM
I just net the baby guppies after birth and drop them into a breeder net. I never catch the signs of my guppy bring pregnant until it's to late. I usually find them honding in one spot all the time, usually dug in-between the gravel substrate or under a plant.

BTW if you don't have a breeder net (and are buying one) definitely get the net type and not the plastic brands. The plastic one I got didn't define what kind of fry but my guppies swam straight out the side slots for water flow.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-10-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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I use one with slots, but the babies go right into the fry tank. I have no luck catching them after birth as she eats them practically as they come out and if she misses some she frantically hunts them down and eats them.
she's a horrible mother. I can easily tell when she is pregnant and can tell when labor has begun, but at the time she first had her fry I didn't expect for her to eat all of them so i didn't have a breeder trap, now i do, so next time she wont be able to.

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