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minpiner 09-08-2008 01:49 PM

guppy babies?
how many babies do guppies have at one time? and is there anything special that they need besides a breeders net to live in till they get bigger i know i need to crumble up there food is there and thing I'm missing?[/b]

Steelerpet 09-09-2008 06:37 AM

Awhile back I breed guppies to feed my arawona. I didn't even remove them from my arawona tank and they still were over populating the tank which I had to give them away to friends etc. They can give birth anywhere from 12-30. If I'm wrong others will advise you better but I think I'm fairly close to the number.

willow 09-09-2008 10:18 AM

they don't really need anything special,unless you want to keep
them all.
if they are in a comunity tank,unless it's pretty heavily planted
they will probably be picked out and eaten,one way to keep
the population down,if you're lucky or like
steelerpet says you may get to the stage where you give/sell
them to the LFS or your friend/family.

okiemavis 09-09-2008 03:15 PM

Steelerpet underestimated a bit. Guppies can give birth to over 100 fry at one time! However, he's probably pretty accurate for the first birth, they will have progressively more fry per pregnancy as they mature.

Guppies are pretty darn easy to breed. Personally, I wouldn't do anything for the fry, except make sure there are plenty of plants to hide in, particularly floating plants (like water lettuce) and java moss (which harbors lots of microscopic foods for the fry to eat). Guppies are so good at reproducing that they can take over a tank in no time. I prefer to only let the smartest/strongest survive, as you'll inevitably be overpopulated in no time anyway.

minpiner 09-10-2008 10:30 AM

do they have them all at once or is it one by one like how many minutes dose it take?

okiemavis 09-10-2008 05:03 PM

Well, it generally takes a few hours. Also, guppies can have several different pregnancies at one time- so they may give birth to some fry, but still be gravid with younger fry.

minpiner 09-10-2008 07:44 PM

the reason i ask is that two of them only had two babys each and i though that they had more

onefish2fish 09-10-2008 10:05 PM

as for only having 2 babies each, the rest could have been eaten with out you realizing or it could have been the guppies first time being pregnant .. if that is the case they wont have such a large drop of fry, or the female could be stressed and is holding out on dropping the fry, they are also capable of holding sperm to be pregnant all over again, and holding in the tiny fry and releasing some of the larger ones to make room for them...

minpiner 09-11-2008 02:02 PM

she was in a tank to let the babys fall to the bottom so she couldnt get to them

minpiner 09-11-2008 02:06 PM

also how long dose it take for them to get big as they can so the so the mom cant eat them

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