Originally Posted by adamfalkofske
Awesome, thanks. I actually do feed them peas once a week like you said. She's just been that size for 40 days now.. I guess she's just fat haha
They do get very fat. She can also be eggbound as well. Sometimes if the male shoots blanks (I dont know how else to put it lol) or if he is not old enough yet then she will have a bunch of eggs in her belly that make her really fat. That was the problem with mine after my male died. I stopped breeding for a while and am now starting again so she is VERY pregnant right now. I will try and get a pic and attach it to this so you can see. Also again it is hard to tell if she is not pregnant at all because in early stages it is hard to tell through pictures you would have to see them in person to really be able to tell. But if she is egg bound as soon as the male can fertilize her that will take care of that...lol.
It's great that you give them peas once a week. When I heard that for the first time a LONG time ago I was like "WHAT" lol. But then one of my fish got dropsy and I lost her then started to give peas weekly to stop it from happening again. I know dropsy is actually a symptom and not the actual disease that has caused it but I have never had it again since I started feeding my fish weekly with peas. Plus they love them...lol. Especially my cichlids I have to throw a few in at one time or they all fight each other to get the one. Learned that the hard way when my Black Convict took a bite out of my other Black Convict. But its a treat and good for them as well so no harm no foul with that one!
Another thing to tell if they have more time to go is that the eyes will be farther away from the anal fin and as she is getting within a few days they all of the sudden all get really close to the anal fin and her weight will shift to more of it being towards the anal fin and less towards the front. That is in my experience. Every fish is different so it is hard to tell you with 100% accuracy how she is going to act or how long she will have. Also best bet is if you are planning on raising the fry and selling them and continuing breeding write down the day she has her first fry. They become pregnant again 4-6 hours after they drop their last fry. Same with all livebearers unless of course she has no male and has already used all of her stored sperm from the male. Then I would say add her into the breeder box at about 26-27 days pregnant depending on how she looks also. Some fish get bullied when they get close to dropping because the others are like oh lunch. So if she is getting bullied you can do that also.
Sounds like you are doing everything right for her though. If you decide you aren't keeping the fry I still let her have them in the breeder box (my girls) bc the males and other fish pic on them during delivery and that can stress them out and cause more problems. Then I just released them all and they would hide under ornaments and also in the gravel. So the tough ones will make it through. I had 32 that made it after I did that so that is why I am breeding again because of having so many and their colors are amazing because the dad is black and yellow with sparkly flecks on him as well. So I have a lot of people that want them. OK I talk so much so I will stop now...lol. Good luck and here is a pic of my girl for you so you can see how she will look with about a week to go give or take a few days but mine has 6 days until 28 day gestation. Good luck and keep me posted and also if you have any questions feel free to pm or message on here and I will answer anything I can help with!!!
I added 3 pictures so you can see. It is kind of hard to see the eyes on camera though but you can. And you can also see what I mean about how her weight is starting to shift from more towards the front to the back!!! Hope these help a little!!!