Well, today 4 of my female guppies, decided to give birth. I was woken up by children yelling, Daddy there's babies....So I jump out of bed, run downstairs and sure enough there's babies coming out. Then I notice the momma eating them upon arrival, so much for snuggling. I mean they didn't even have a chance to get on her nerves yet. I think 2 of them missed the parenting classes, where you are supposed to give your little ones a chance first and then tell them " I brought you into this world I'll take you out". Nope no lectures here. So now my kids are yelling daddy catch, them you can do it. So I grab my little net and the breeder box, and off to save the fry I go....or so I thought. I soon find myself chasing little fry around the tank, and almost every time they swim back towards momma and in one swell gulp they were gone. The kids now think that it's the same fry that's coming out the back, and going in the front like it's a fry through guppy. This lasts for about a half hour of me chasing the fry around and the kids yelling daddy there's that baby again. Well now momma number 2 and 3 decided to do the same thing. So the first fry comes out and here's daddy to the rescue, only this time the fry was coming out of one momma and going into the other and vice versa. (the kids still think it's the same one fry).
So I thought I'll just put momma 2 in the the breeder tank and let her have her fry there. This turned out to be a buffet for her. give birth eat...repeat. Well now the kids realize that each momma is giving birth but they fry keep swimming through them. Then my wife comes in and and now there are 4 faces pressed up to the tank looking for fry, I take momma 2 out of the breeder tank and put her back in near the vegetation. Momma 2 and 3 and are done with their snack, Daddy saves 0. Then my wife sees momma # 4 at the end of the spray bar, behind a plant. My last attempt to save a fry, it's an intense stand off between momma and my net, I don't know how many she had already but the kids see a fry swim into her mouth, and they say daddy just wait it's gonna come back out get ready, My wife at this point realizes what the kids are thinking and now stares at me, ( because I haven't told them otherwise I'm assuming) Well we wait, and watch then it happens, the momma moves out just in front of the spray bar and sure enough the fry swims out, gets caught in the turbulence of the spray bar and into my waiting net. My cheer squad goes crazy, and I place the fry safely into the breeder box. So out of I don't know how many fry, I saved 1 ( I don't normally name fish, I call this fry, Houdini).
I'm sorry for the long post, but i'm sure some of you have had the same or even better attempt at saving fry, I thought you would enjoy my story. No I still haven't told the kids (they think he's the only fry that was born today he just kept swimming through each fish). Houdini is doing fine, my wife is still laughing at me.