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View Poll Results: how many guppy fry did your female release in one drop?
less than 10 2 25.00%
more than 10 but less than 20 1 12.50%
more than 20 but less than 30 1 12.50%
more than 30 5 62.50%
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post #11 of 85 Old 01-09-2010, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
ok i got enough guppies lol i fell in love with 3 pregnant females and this beautiful male. so now i have 3 males and 5 females. one is very close to birthing because i think its in its box shaped.its back by the anal fin and gravid spot is lowered not high and its bottom is straight.it still doesnt look like a box but its getting there. WHAT I NEED TO KNOW IS WHAT R SOME SIGNS OF A GUPPY GIVING BIRTH!!??
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post #12 of 85 Old 01-09-2010, 05:07 PM
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She would be dropping young.

I strongly reccomend going to your local library and doing some serious research on your guppies.
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post #13 of 85 Old 01-09-2010, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
well all i know is she will be boxed shaped, gravid spot will be dark,and would be ready to pop at any minute! but i need more cause i think my one female is gonna give birth soon.
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post #14 of 85 Old 01-10-2010, 02:50 PM
When my females are going to give birth I can usually tell because (aside from looking like they couldn't possibly get any fatter!) they are quite still and tend to hang around near the heater, or at a corner of the tank near the surface or gravel. The gravid spot tends to be dark all the time, due to them always being pregnant! I've never thought mine look particularly box-shaped when ready to drop though a lot of people do say this.
I think your tank is probably overcrowded now, you will need to do frequent water changes and monitor the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels carefully. How long has your tank been running now? I only ask because I made this mistake recently and put too many fish in a newly set up tank and the result was not good! Two of my fish died (one instantly, one over a couple of days which was awful to watch), others got poisoned by the toxins in the water and now have red gills and probably long term health problems which I am yet to discover.
:( Besides, bigger tanks are much more fun, and also actually easier to maintain as well!
Also, if female guppies get stressed they can actually abort their own young (I think mine have done this due to the tank disaster and all the moving about I've had to do with the poor things, plus living in a 7 gallon tank for a while with the 3 males has meant they have nowhere to escape to when the males are constantly harrassing them).
Are you planning on moving them to a partition or something before they give birth? I just let mine give birth in the tank then fish out the fry if I want to keep them, and put them in a separate tank or breeding net, I think it's less stressful for the mothers.
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post #15 of 85 Old 01-10-2010, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
i have a section of my tank for the females. i just put in a divider and let her give birth there and i have a breeders net but i might not use that unless a couple give birth at a time. my tank has been running for 2 weeks almost 3 and i had bettas in it before but got into guppies cause they r much easier to breed and not as aggressive and i dont need live food for the fry. the bottom of their bellys are in a straight line.their bellys arnt U shaped anymore.
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post #16 of 85 Old 01-16-2010, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
omg guys! when i got off of here from my last post i saw 2 baby fish in the main tank. i was like WHOA!!so ive been watching her since this morning.but u know what was wierd the wobbly fat one didnt give birth, my two other girls gave birth!! not her!! they werent even fat.
so i captured those 2 babies and put em in a container till she was done. i needed to find out who was giving birth so i can seperate her so i saw an egg it was deformed and i thot sone of my girls had it and i took her out and put her in the 5 gallon and it turns out it wasnt her who had the egg it was another girl and they were both giving birth!!. one just kept ahaving eggs and the other was giving birth to live babies. so i think they r done and right now i have about 20 babies maybe more they r to hard to count. and there r plants so idk.IM SO HAPPY THIS IS MY FIRST EVER GUPPY DROP!! sadly there were some eggs and there is this one baby that is conjoined with another one by their stomaches im planning on culling it if i could find it!!
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post #17 of 85 Old 01-20-2010, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
ok so my fry are 4 days old and one of them has this wierd color to it. i noticed this last night. i guess it was hiding alot and i didnt see it. it came out to eat and i observed it and i looked at the rest. it is more darker than the rest of the fry. it has these black spots around its body and its stomach is a little dark. does this happen to some ppl?
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post #18 of 85 Old 01-21-2010, 12:47 PM
It could be just its colouring showing quite early?
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post #19 of 85 Old 01-21-2010, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
idk maybe but its just wierd cause noone else has it. i lost one of my beautiful males last night :( i was so upset. now im down to my original 4. its wierd because i got them first and the ones that died came a week later.
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post #20 of 85 Old 01-21-2010, 02:48 PM
Aww sorry to hear that. I have lost two of my big females this week to ich :(
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