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merey61 08-07-2008 12:43 AM

Guppy Fry
I have one female fish and 5 frys, but a few days ago the female gave birth to one fry and she still looks plump. Is she going to continue to give birth just on another day?

PS: my tank has green cloudy water.[/list]

onefish2fish 08-07-2008 01:14 AM

female guppies can hold sperm for a period of time, this means it will give birth, be pregnant all over again ( without a male present )
the way to tell you have a pregnant guppy besides it being "plump" is to look for a black gravid spot by its anal fin, which will get larger and darker as its pregnancy continues.
keeping adult fish with fry will cause some to get eaten, so if you want them to have a greater chance of survival i suggest removing the fry and putting into a seperate tank, if a seperate tank isnt available provide as many hiding spots as possible ( plants,rocks, ect. ect. ) I personally allow some fry to get eaten (sounds mean but its life) just to keep my population lower and it provides a nutritous free meal as well as darwins theory of the strong survive. :cheers: on becoming a grandparent :wink:

merey61 08-07-2008 02:02 AM

i already knew all that, there are hiding spots in my tank, but why did she give birth to only one fry? my mum saw her give birth.

onefish2fish 08-07-2008 02:07 AM

usually the first "batch" of fry is small the second time around should be larger. it could also be your guppy not being fully mature or it being stressed and holding off its pregnancy. it might have just so happened she released one and is holding the rest inside.

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