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MBilyeu 04-05-2009 05:50 PM

Problems breeding guppies
I know this may sound weird, but I am having quite a bit of trouble breeding guppies. I have two females in my 10 gallon and awhile ago I put a male in there to impregnate them. The first go through, I had both females pregnant and kept a close eye on them when the fourth week was coming up. It must have been overnight, but both females(at different times) were pregnant and the next morning skinny with no fry in sight. I assumed that they must have eaten them. This second time I transferred one of the females to my 3gal with a breeding box and checked on her every few hours. About three weeks after the last birth she all of a sudden was skinny overnight again with no fry in sight. Am I doing something wrong or are they just eating them as soon as they come out? 3 weeks seemed like it was too quick as well. Do others have problems like this, with not being able to save the fry on time. I don't even see one fry the next morning....

willow 04-06-2009 03:19 AM

i wonder if by adding moss of some kind and or hornwort,will be a help to you,
i am thnking that they are getting eaten as soon as they are born,
providing thick vegitation should give them the chance they need.

MBilyeu 04-06-2009 04:19 AM

That was actually what my next planned step was. Do you think that it should be some floating plants, or some of those fry bushes that they sell in the store. It has to be fake plants since I am not trying to plant my 10 gallon right now.

1077 04-06-2009 04:41 AM

Fry bushes work very well. When I kept livebearers, I would place several of these in the tank, some,, upside down after observing the others hovering over the top of them waiting.for fry to emerge. I also placed small pieces of slate with just enough room under them,to allow babies to get under but not the adults. Ph plays a role with livebearers as well. 7.4 being the minimum in my view. Many livebearers prefer slightly alkaline water. Somtimes give birth prematurely if water isn't to their liking and fish are still born and gobbled up.

willow 04-06-2009 02:08 PM


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