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Highland lake13 11-16-2008 08:49 PM

Breeding Guppies
I have kept tanks for a few years and never have been really successful breeding anything. I have a few tanks but a 10g as become slowly emptied i would love to try and breed some type of fish. it seems like guppies would be the best choice. if anybody can give me some tips on getting started that would be a huge help. Thanks!

Little-Fizz 11-17-2008 06:42 AM

Honestly breeding guppies is probably the easiest thing to do, all you need is one male to every three females. If your fish eat the fry before you notice that your fish have given birth then planting your tank helps hide the fry until they can be removed to a grow out tank or fry net. The baby fish will eat finely crushed fish flakes. It helps to be able to tell how far along your guppies are in their pregnancy and removing them to a breeding trap before the give birth... But I don't have any luck at judging how far along they are.

GuppyColorMaker 11-17-2008 05:17 PM

I know that this isn't my post, but this helped me. Do you really need live plants to keep them alive? I have a 1 gallon bowl and my male and female that I want to breed in it, but they won't breed.

Highland lake13 11-17-2008 09:00 PM

Thanks for the help. I have never heard a clear explation of the plants. What type of plants do you suggest for the guppies?

iamntbatman 11-18-2008 12:34 PM

Anything bushy and fine-leaved works well. Java moss for the lower layers and a floating plant like guppy grass or hornwort would be great. Stands of cabomba for the back of the tank would add even more hiding places.

jr.masterbreeder 11-27-2008 10:49 AM

1 gallon is too small for a breeding tank in my opinion... you could keep the fry in there afterwords with a sponge filter. id use at least a 10 g for the breeding tank. you can use any kind of plant (live or artificial... or both) as long as the fry are somewhat hidden... i've never had problems with cannibalism with guppies.

xDoctor Bob 11-30-2008 01:03 PM

My relatives have close to 100 guppies because they are constantly breeding them. all they do is move the pregnant guppy to their birthing tank, put them in a seperating birthing plastic thingy ( forgot what it is called ) and POOF!! babies

catlinadarkmoon 12-19-2008 11:08 PM

i have been breeding guppies as well i have 4 very strong fry and they swim with the big fish with no problem i have to get a bigger tank but all are doing very well and are very happy i have 3 lng leaf plants and on bushy type plant

WaYA 12-20-2008 09:06 AM

I have guppies and they have babies all the time. I have noticed that when the water temp. is at 72-74, is when they have the most babies. Mollies are the same.
Always have some kind of plants for the fry to hide in.

catlinadarkmoon 12-20-2008 11:14 AM

i have multiple plant in the tank and 5 shrimp to help with the poo lol but i have a question dose anyone know what a pinkie is i think they re a guppie but im not sure anyways my fancie male thats in the pic i think he taged her last night and i wanted to know if that is a good cross and what will i get from them

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