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How do you REALLY tell if a female guppy is near birthing?

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How do you REALLY tell if a female guppy is near birthing?
Old 10-23-2009, 04:40 PM   #11
 
Okay, I did some more research earlier, and I found out that she actually hasn't 'dropped' yet (or squared off). She doesn't really have a square belly, and when I compared a picture of my female who had squared off, to her, they are totally different shaped. She does look like she is getting there though. I agree with you mollyfan, she should probably drop anytime soon.......
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:31 PM   #12
 
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Hi Madilyn, I'm new here but I thought I'd add a little cause I do have a little experience with the livebearers. The Sword and Molly females, in my experience, seek "privacy" once birthing begins. They'll go to obscure corners or between rocks and "chase" away intruders from their "spot" in order to have "privacy" for giving birth. I haven't bred guppies, but believe they're very similar to the Swords and Mollies in this regard. Also any "stress" such as netting, or hands in the tank can bring on birthing. Watching the behavior of the female should give some indications that she's ready. Have fun with it and good luck.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:26 PM   #13
 
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thanks for that info berk, ive been following this thread closley because i have a molly i believe to be pregnant, i know mollys arent guppys but they are both live bearers......good luck madilyn keep us posted
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:02 PM   #14
 
Thanks guys!
Berk, I have noticed that she is chasing the other guppies about the tank. She seems to act more like she is ready to give birth in the evening\night than in the morning or daytime. I'll keep you all updated and let you know when she gives birth. She should anytime now, I can sense it. lol
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:48 PM   #15
 
Hiya :) Not wanting to hijack your thread LOL but I'd like to pose another question in relation to the OP - I have 2f and 1m - one female is about to pop she's so big and I've netted her with a plastic plant for the fry to hide - the male is seriously harrassing the other female.... should I seperate him or her into my quaratine tank untill I can put mumma back in?? Or just let them continue their 20/24 hour bluing!?
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:12 PM   #16
 
Mine wasn't big at all and she had some. Guess it was from stress. She was only in my tank for 2 days.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:57 PM   #17
 
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When I breed my Guppies,I have them in my med. tank(35gal),and I've put a plastic mesh barrier in there too. I've sectioned off about a quarter of the tank for this side. This is where I put the mom,and then her babies. That way,they are still in the same tank. If I miss a mom,then I've got floating baby-grass that the young ones go to to escape,and when I return home,just gather them up with a small disposable drinking cup!This seems to work real well for me,and the barrier works well in smaller tanks too.Get some floating baby-grass(plastic/silk) and that way you can relax a little! The babies seem to know where to go!
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:02 PM   #18
 
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Hiya :) Not wanting to hijack your thread LOL but I'd like to pose another question in relation to the OP - I have 2f and 1m - one female is about to pop she's so big and I've netted her with a plastic plant for the fry to hide - the male is seriously harrassing the other female.... should I seperate him or her into my quaratine tank untill I can put mumma back in?? Or just let them continue their 20/24 hour bluing!?
I think that I would separate them. The male can harass the female to death,or,if she's pregnant,she could abort her young. It won't kill him to be alone for a bit! Are there other fish species in the tank? If so,he'll be fine!
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:26 PM   #19
 
did it ever give birth?
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