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gupgupgirl 06-20-2008 01:45 PM

What a Guppy Surprise!
:shock: Its been a happy, but shocking day. I was sadly removing a sickly female guppy today from my 100 gallon community tank. I keep them there while pregnant, and then slowly acclimate them to my 20 gallon guppy tank.

My community tank has all sorts of fish. 1 HUGE Angelfish, 2 Sail-Tail Platty's, 2 Sunset Platty's, 2 Kissing Fish, 1 Sunset Garami (sp?), 1 Placo, 4 Neons, 1 Korey Cat, 2 Stick Fish, 2 Male Guppies, and 4 Female Guppies.

Whew...ok back on track...So I was removing my sick female, when all the sudden, swimming at the top of my tank was one, single, tiny guppy fry, maybe 1/4th inch long. I started going crazy! My boyfriend was there at the time, and ran to grab me a cup and net. I immediately rescued the fry and put him in the jar, just in time too, because the kissing fish were becoming VERY interested in the tiny fish.

Its a sort of miracle I tell you! I honesty have no idea where this little guy came from. None of my female guppies are anywhere near spawning. I can only assume he was a product of one of the female I removed a few weeks ago. She was very very pregnant, ready to spawn any day. I put her down into my guppy tank, but she didn't acclimate well, regardless of my carefulness, and only lasted a few more days.
Also, how the heck did he survive?? There are some HUGE fish in that tank compared to him, I must have caught him at just the right time and place.
So far, I have not been able to locate any more guppy fry. Right now, "Lucky" is down acclimating slowly to my guppy breeding net down in the tank. I think in another week or so he may be big enough to swim freely in the guppy tank.

Just wanted to share the wonderful joy!


iamntbatman 06-20-2008 02:06 PM

You sure it was a guppy? It could have been a platy fry. Only seeing one makes sense, as you've got other fish in the community tank that would gladly snack on any platy fry in the tank.

gupgupgirl 06-20-2008 03:23 PM

Could be an option...
I did think at first maybe its a platy fry, but then I compared pictures online and I think its definitely a guppy fry. I will try and take a picture with my 'some-what incapable of taking fish pictures' camera and post it up here. I'm just thrilled this little thing survived.

Also, I never noticed any of my platys getting remarkably fat and then thin again...and I watch my fish daily too.


okiemavis 06-20-2008 04:41 PM

Guppies (and other livebearers) are known to carry several pregnancies at once. One of your guppies probably had some fry, but because she was still pregnant, you didn't notice.

As for how the fry survived? Mostly a lot of luck. But some fry are bound to survive if you've got some decorations and places for them to hide.

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