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post #1 of 6 Old 01-09-2011, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Guppy question. Please Help!

one of my guppies has 20 babies about 1 month ago. ever since then her head and tail are beginning to droop. her body is starting to look like a letter U. she is losing color and does not look good. what can i do to help her? vitamins or something? please help because i really want to save her.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-09-2011, 10:45 PM
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I don't know much about guppies, but I tried researching a little for you, the only thing I can find that would cause the bent body is rickets

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A disease caused by a deficiency of calcium or phosphorus or vitamin D; one, two or all three. A crooked spine and the resulting bend in the fish's body is the usual evidence, although the unfortunate humpback can live and even reproduce. It is not a pleasant sight among the fishes of the aquarium.
Proper lighting can prevent D deficiency; the active rays affect ergosterol in the skin of the fish and change it to the irradiated form which is vitamin D. Sometimes whole aquariums will show bent spines but generally only a few of the fishes are affected. There is no treatment; it is all a matter of prevention which is primarily a matter of proper feeding of a complete diet. TOP
I have no idea how common this is, or if its like an episode of house and they think another patient has lupus, but It at least gives you something to read about. Hopefully someone else with more guppy experience will have more to say.

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try changing you food to a more high quality food and that will help :):):)

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one of my guppies has 20 babies about 1 month ago. ever since then her head and tail are beginning to droop. her body is starting to look like a letter U. she is losing color and does not look good. what can i do to help her? vitamins or something? please help because i really want to save her.
Review water parameter's, Ammonia and nitrites must read zero on test kit and nitrates should be no more than 20 ppm which you can achieve with regular weekly water change of 50 percent.
guppies need hard alkaline water with ph between 7.5 and 8.0 and also require a flake food such as Spirulina flake,Omega one Veggie flakes, and occasional brine shrimp.
Temp around 78 to 80 degrees F.
Almost all health issues are tied to tank maint and water quality or lack thereof. Take care of your water,,and way less issues with sick fish.
Don't place females in breeder nets,boxes,and don't move fishes from tank to tank any more than is absolutely needed.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-10-2011, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank all of you for the responses. Its a shame, i wish i could do more for her. All of my other fish are so healthy, and she was as well until having the babies. I went to the store to purchase a food with higher protien/vitamin levels, so maybe that will help. Have a great night!
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Thank all of you for the responses. Its a shame, i wish i could do more for her. All of my other fish are so healthy, and she was as well until having the babies. I went to the store to purchase a food with higher protien/vitamin levels, so maybe that will help. Have a great night!

Spirulina or algae /vegetable based foods are foods needed for the fish as opposed to foods high in protein.
Livebearer's such as guppys,mollies,platy's are largely herbivores in the wild ,feeding on plant matter ,algae,infusoria,and small amounts of animal protein such as shrimp,worms,and insects.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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