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Steve N 06-16-2008 09:55 PM

It's Guppy Birthing Day
My 1/2 black red, Big Bertha, dropped 3 fry about a month ago. I had placed her in a birthing tank, and after 3 days, thats all she dropped, so I put her back into her display tank. On Friday, she looked like she was getting close to dropping again, so I put her into a breeder box in her display tank. This morning she started dropping, and continued all day. Her tank is in my office, so I got to see her drop a couple of times.

She dropped around 40-50 fry total, but only about 20 lived. The rest died right on the bottom of the breeder. Some never opened from their "ball drop" stage. Others opened up, but died before they could get to the free-swimming stage. On a couple of the drops, I noticed the fry did not open up right away. It took 20-30 minutes for them to open up. All of the dead quickly turned white, and some were covered with a white fungus?, growth? right away. I need to mention that I had a little bit of uneaten food on the bottom of the breeder box, so bacteria from that could have had a harmful effect.

I fed them frozen baby brine shrimp about 20 minutes ago. As I write this, more than half of them are up above the grid in the bottom of the breeder, fair game for Bertha to eat them. But she doesn't seem to be bothering them.

In the mean time, at about 4:30, I was on the phone to a customer and glanced into my other display tank. One of the girls there decided today was a good time to drop. I ended up fishing 15 fry out of that tank. Who knows how many others became a late-day snack.

All in all a good day on the Guppy Puppy Ranch. I'll keep the best looking of each sex, and see what I can breed from them. The rest will be given away, or traded to the LFS for credit.

Steve N 06-17-2008 07:17 AM

More Dead Drops
Since I wrote the first post, she dropped 13 more that died, and about 7 that are alive. I watched one of the drops try to wiggle its way from the ball stage, but its stopped moving so I think it died too.

Last night, after my post, I vacuumed the bottom of the breeder box out, and removed the dead fry and the food waste.

I'll keep her in the breeder box for today, and release her to the display tank tonight, if she stops dropping this morning.

southafrica1001 06-17-2008 07:39 AM

CONGRATULATIONS :D good luck with them. i love watching them grow, you dont always realise their growth though until you see them as adults lol :D

Steve N 06-19-2008 09:05 PM

More Guppy Puppies
This afternoon my daughter spotted fry in our 20 gallon display tank. I pulled out 22 more from there. That makes about 65 fry in 3 days. It will be interesting to see what I get out of these. So far, only one looks like the males in the tanks.

Steve N 06-20-2008 09:47 PM

And Evne More Guppy Puppies!
Pulled another 8 out of the 20 gallon display tank today. They definately weren't in there yesterday. Looks like the girls decided to all drop at once. It gonna be fun seeing what I can breed out of these.

southafrica1001 06-21-2008 12:11 AM

good luck, you'll find more in a month or so :D my best moment was putting my 3 swordtail girls that i had raised into my main tank :D

julem35 01-15-2011 09:56 PM

I used to love coming home to babies in the tank, but now I have a cory and a yoyo loach who are greedy little buggars and eat them, but I have a female about to drop now n a separate tank so I'm excited! I love watching them grow! What kind did you have?

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