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DragonFish 04-23-2009 12:31 PM

When should she be moved?
Well, I've recently purchased some female guppies for my males. I'd love to have some little fry =3 One I'm fairly certain came to me pregnant, one is questionable, and the other I'm pretty sure isn't yet. I'm concerned about my Gouramis and my Cichlid eating the fry so I've set up another sort bowel if you will(its all i currently have room for)to put my female(s) so they can give birth and I don't need to worry about my Cichlid eating the babies. My question now is....when do I move her out of the main tank? I was thinking to wait until she blew up like a ballon like my molly had, but then I read some things about them sometimes having smaller batches and not getting as fat. So...perhaps someone might give me another way to tell when she'll be close to giving birth? Ot direct me to a site? ^-^

Oldman47 04-30-2009 09:00 PM

I always err on the side of moving my fish to a birthing tank early rather than late. Unlike a breeding trap, a birth tank won't cause the fish too much stress if she is only in it a few days. It really will depend how small the bowl is that you are considering using. If it is too small, it just becomes a breeding trap with a definite disadvantage. It sounds like you probably don't have a filter running on that tank and becoming cycled. If that is the case, get a small air driven sponge filter for the container and get it going by leaving it in the main tank. When the female starts to look quite big, she can be moved, along with the filter, to the birth tank and have a nicely cycled filter for her and eventually for the fry.
For good information on livebearers, I find that tropical fish forums is a pretty good site. I spend much of my on line time there but there are an abundance of livebearer people on that forum.

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