05-29-2007, 03:23 AM
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i have noticed that some strains of guppies appear to be bred this way. Especially ones with large tails, i think the weight of their huge abnormal tail seems to make their body curve as if it is weighing them down.
Personally i think breeding them that way is a bad idea, i don't see how that can be healthy for them and probly causes pain and poor swimming.
If that is not the case, then it could be as others have suggested that it is a inbreeding defect. I know it sounds cruel, but you really should cull ( kill or get rid of ) the babies that display those traits.
Keeping your guppies healthy will be worth it. Besides, your guppies will make PLENTY of babies to replace the ones you have to cull. And it will keep the guppy as a whole species from decaying to the point where people cant enjoy them anymore.
One idea if you cant seem to put up with just killing them, get a bigger fish that will eat them. That way they aren't wasted, they are giving your big fish a tasty snack. Just be sure your guppies are healthy, never feed a diseased fish to any other fish as you may pass on the disease.
Hope that helps =)