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BlazingAmy 12-27-2012 08:15 AM

Help with my pregnant guppies (pictures)
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I know theres tons of these threads, but none really help me at all, so I'm sorry if its all a bit repetitive :( I haven't had pregnant guppies since I was a kid, so its all a bit new. Over the last few months I've just been slowly adding to my 30 gallon tank (to make sure the water settled ok - which it has :D). I only have guppies in there (3 males, and about.. 8 females?), 2 tiny corys and an albino ruby shark. All are doing fantastic :D Just it seems most of the females are coming to the end of their pregnancies... but if any of you with more experience know by these pictures when for me to expect some fry then that would be fantastic! I've tried leaving them to give birth naturally in the tank but none of the fry have survived - even with plenty of plants and places to hide - they just get eaten and dont stand a chance. So I'd just like to know in advance when to start putting them in a breeding box so that some fry actually survive!

(hope the pics uploaded in the right order!)
So the first fish (orange tail), she's only little, and doesnt have a very big belly, but her gravid spot is now quite orangey... and from what i can see it almost seems like its the fry that you can see (can see the odd little black dot - eyes?), I'd of thought that means shes near? but what would I know!

the second one was one of the first I got! shes starting to look really big and slightly squared off (but I', not convinced I'm a 100% sure on what I define as being "squared off"). Shes been hanging around on her own all of today, hiding by the heater and filter - one of the males keeps pestering her too. sign right?

But on the 4th pic you can see how many of them are pregnant :( (I came into about 4 of them for free the other week off a friend who was having to get rid!), but the one in the top of the picture is huge too, but shes really lively and doesnt look that squared off to me?

But please... give me all the knowledge you know!!

(and by the way I do have more plants - some ground and floating plants, they were just in the breeder box for now as I was giving the tank a good clean and they were in the way!)

Inga 12-27-2012 10:12 AM

If you are wanting the fry to live to adulthood, just add some floating plants. I recommend Pennywort or even Hornwort though the later is a bit messier. Keep in mind that you will soon have a Guppy explosion in your tank as breeding of Guppies is easy and they just keep going and going. Soon you will have a whole tank of inbred Guppies with no end in sight. What are your plans for all the fry?

BlazingAmy 12-27-2012 10:42 AM

I know :) My boyfriend has a few tanks of his own and is going to have some of the fry :) My uncle also owns a pet shop, so he's going to be taking the rest for me! Handy

aemaki09 01-06-2013 05:29 PM

Did they have fry yet!??

For future referance:: Guppies drop fry about every 28-32 days, the one closest to the camera in the 1st pic looked like she was closest to giving birth as well.

BlazingAmy 01-07-2013 05:30 PM

nope still nothing hahaha. which is so frustrating, they all look like they're about to pop. Getting so impatient ;'(

42572 01-17-2013 08:29 PM

java moss works well too, but it grows really fast

jentralala 01-17-2013 09:23 PM

A bit off topic, but I noticed you said albino ruby shark, which I'm pretty sure is an Albino Rainbow Shark from that picture. He's going to be too big for your tank, sorry to be the one to say so :( They're recommended for a minimum of a four foot tank. It'd be best to return him, fish kept in too small spaces have shortened lifespans and physical/physiological problems.

Congrats on your guppies though :)

BlazingAmy 01-20-2013 06:29 AM

He died a couple of weeks ago anyway... just randomly out the blue. nothing was wrong with the water or anything wrong, just one of those things I guess x) So I guess thats that sorted >.> I've upgraded tank too, much bigger and loveelyyy. Also got a few additions because the tank looked so much bigger and so bare it looked like there was nothing in it >.> ALSO. Theres been 2 babies ;) (must of happened overnight when I wasnt here, all the others got eaten, these two only survived by hiding in the plants and gravel by the filter... so lucky to have spot them.

BlazingAmy 01-20-2013 06:37 AM

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Some pictures...
The babies!
+ I couldn't help myself with this pretty boy (or girl?).
Also added a Gold Sucking Loach, and a small shoal of neons. The tanks finally feels complete :D (also added two rams a while back since this post was posted). All are doing fantastic :D ... smug feeling

BlazingAmy 01-28-2013 11:56 AM

So weird stuff happened last night, 2 brand new born fry got into the breeding box of their own accord... there were only the two original fry in there, but now theres another 2 fry in there, tiny little babies. They got in there on their own somehow... I asked EVERYONE in the house, nobody put them in... So confusing... Saves me a job of fishing them up and putting them in myself I guess :S

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