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Elle 01-21-2008 12:13 PM

Pregnant guppy! Squared off?
 
I have 6 pregnant guppies, and I really can't wait for them to have babies! I can never tell when they are squared off because I don't really understand what that means. If you have a picture of a squared off guppy, that would be fantastic! I want to save as many babies as I can, so I want to know when to put her in the breeder box. If you would like to share, how many fry do your guppies usually have?

Lupin 01-21-2008 10:38 PM

Welcome to Fishforum.com.:wave:

They should release 30-40 fry and will drop batches of fry at two weeks time interval even without the presence of the males.

Falina 01-21-2008 11:01 PM

Couldn't find a decent photo of a pregnant guppy but found one of a molly. Th squaring off is the same in both anyway.

http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/1206_pgmolly_1.jpg

you can see at th back that she's kinda square rather than round.

One thing that i would advise however is that the breeder boxes are highly stressful for the mum and not good for the babies for more than a day or 2. Placing the mother in the breeding box could cause her to abort the lot.

If the tank is heavily planted then most of the fry should survive and my experience with guppies is that even in a bare tank many of th fry will survive nayway, at least half will avoid being eaten as long as the fish are fed.

Another thing i would mention is about what Lupin said. What will you do with all the babies? You will either need a huge tank or multiple 10g tanks to cater for all the babies if you don't want to risk an amonia spike which could lead to killing off many of the fish, babies and mothers.

fish_4_all 01-21-2008 11:19 PM

Common guppies or fancy?

I had common feeder guppies and they never ate any of the fry so I never used a breeder net. If you want to use one, use one of the large green ones that is a mesh netting instead of a small plastic one. A small amount of anachris/elodea in with the mother will help the babies survive and eleviate some of her stress. When I switched to using them I never had a batch aborted and had a lot more survive and stay healthy.

teh13371 01-22-2008 11:58 AM

how many males do you have?

Elle 01-22-2008 05:45 PM

I decided not to use a breeder box. I also have many families lined up for the fry, so basically I have enough homes for HUNDREDS!! They are fancy, so they will be quite pretty =] I have 5 males and 6 females, and so far everything is good. The most pregnant girl is still round, but she is HUGE! i feel like she is about to pop!

okiemavis 01-22-2008 08:48 PM

Glad to hear you chose against separating your female! The fry a quick little guys and with a few hiding places you'll have bunches of them in no time :)

Just a suggestion, male guppies have a tendency to harass female guppies, so it's usually best to keep a 3-1 female to male ratio. The females will be a *lot* happier and less stressed and the males will like that there are fewer males to compete with. Perhaps you would consider giving away a few of your adult males as well? The females will still end up pregnant pretty much constantly.

Elle 01-23-2008 03:14 PM

I moved a few of my fish, so in my main I have 3 males and 5 females. Still no babies, but they are getting bigger every day! Another question-- will they always look exactly like one of the parents? Or will there be more of a variety?


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