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To use the nursery or not...HELP?
Old 04-20-2013, 04:30 PM   #71
 
I understand. I have to go today and get another couple females myself. I found 2 males (young juveniles) that I absolutely couldnt do without yesterday and brought them home. Ive still got them in isolation but theyve done so well since yesterday I plan to put them in the tank here in a bit. Theyre BEAUTIFUL. One has the start of a bottom sword tail! And hes a dark metallic blue/green. The other is a deep metallic purple. Will be gorgeous when theyre fully grown. CANT WAIT! And my dot tailed female who recently gave birth? Shes all flat now! Her spot is light colored again and everything. Ive kept my eye on her the whole time but she didnt have any babies. She just stopped being big all of a sudden. I dont know what happened.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:46 PM   #72
 
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Cute. I'm not sure I've ever seen a purple guppy. I usually see guppies in colors like blues, oranges, yellows, and greens.
As for the female are you sure she didn't give birth? The only other possible explanation I can think of would be that she aborted the babies. I think it's unlikely and usually only happens if they are really stressed out or the water quality isn't the best. And from what you've said, I doubt either is true. At least not to the point of causing her to abort the babies.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:59 PM   #73
 
Im still not sure. My water parameters are perfect I just checked them this morning. She just...deflated. And I was watching the tank for quite a while today but didnt see any babies. I dont know what to think. But yeah Im trying to get good pics of my 2 new males now theyre so pretty but you can tell theyre still young. Hoping theyll breed me some quality babies in a few weeks though! :)
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:29 PM   #74
 
I uploaded the pics of my new males btw. With the flash on my camera they looked teal, but without it they are clearly much darker colored, blue-ish and purple. See for yourself :)
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:31 PM   #75
 
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Go check out my new males. With the flash on my camera they looked teal in color, but without it they are obviously much darker, blue and purple as I said :)
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:32 PM   #76
 
Not sure why I replied twice though lol
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:19 PM   #77
 
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They are pretty. It's hard to see from looking at the pictures that they are juveniles simply because there is no way to judge the size against an adult. They are really well proportioned. I'm sure they will breed some really nice bluish purple babies
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:32 AM   #78
 
Theyre about half the size of my big "Carolina Blue Delta" male. Theyve got a ways to go for sure but theyll be amazing once theyre fully matured. I plan to try my hand at some line breeding with them and once I get the gene good and established I want to get a snakeskin female and cross their babies with some snakeskin ones. Make a purple snakeskin. Wouldnt that be freaking awesome?!?!?!?!
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:32 AM   #79
 
BTW how long does it take for guppy babies to grow big enough to sex them? I know how in theory but Ive never done it with real baby fish before. Any estimates?
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:24 AM   #80
 
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Whenever people ask how long I usually estimate about a month. Sometimes if you watch carefully you can pick out some of the males earlier on (I was able to find one of my males a week and a half after he was born). I simply look at the color and if they start showing colors before any of the others chances are its a male. I have some females who are probably about 3 months old and they are just starting to show color.
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