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Guppyluver4ever 07-08-2009 02:02 PM

Guppy Fry :-D
I woke up this morning to some guppy fry, they are in there own little tank and since this was unexpected, I have no food for them. This morning i crushed some tetramin tropical flakes (which is what i feed my other fish) and i put that in there and some of them ate it, but others didnt... is this normal, should i go and get specific food for the fry, or are they fine with the crushed flake food.

P.S. They are the cutest things!!!

Guppyluver4ever 07-08-2009 02:03 PM

Oh and how much do i feed them and when do i feed them???

jeaninel 07-08-2009 02:23 PM

I just feed mine crushed flake. I feed them a tiny pinch (just enough for each of them to get a bite) about 3 times a day. They'll also pick at any algae growing on your plants or side of the tank.

Guppyluver4ever 07-08-2009 02:38 PM

thanx, so much and is it normal for the female to still be fat, because when she was pregnant she was HUGE, and then she gave birth to 18 fry and even after giving birth she's still big, is that normal???

Oldman47 07-08-2009 06:24 PM

That is quite normal for most of the common livebearers GuppyLuver. Each of the females will be carrying some sperm packets from previous matings and will start bringing along some fresh eggs to use by the time they actually drop the previous batch. It is not unusual to see a halfway heavy female right after she drops her fry.

I had a molly that I documented heavily. This is her right after a drop.

She was a fair size right after that drop but got a bit bigger by the time she was ready to drop again.

Guppyluver4ever 07-08-2009 07:08 PM


Guppyluver4ever 07-08-2009 07:28 PM

Oh wait, some more questions! Sorry....

1. The tank the fry are in is 78 Degrees Fahrenheit, is that ok?
2. Since the tank is 78 Degrees, when will i see color?
And Last:
3. Will the temperature make them grow faster, slower or at a good pace?

Guppyluver4ever 07-08-2009 07:29 PM

and thank you so much for taking the time to post those pics :-)

Oldman47 07-10-2009 07:48 PM

The warmer than necessary temperature will cause all metabolic processes to go faster. A fish cannot regulate its body temperature the way we can so it is greatly affected by the water that it lives in. Guppies are fine at about 72F but the higher temperature will grow them slightly faster. Much more important to growth rate is the quantity and quality of the food and the quality of the water that they are living in. With lots of high quality food and lots of significant water changes to maintain water quality the fish can grow much faster than with a subsistence diet and a less active water change schedule. Guppies are among the fastest to start showing their eventual coloring but it takes significant time to get the real adult coloring of the fish. They will show splashes of faint colors at 4 to 6 weeks under good conditions but may well be over 6 months old before you can judge properly what your breeding has given you.

kmlatona 07-16-2009 10:03 PM

my guppies have dropped about 20 times and I have always fed the fry the same food as the adults but crushed the flakes into nearly a powder. Also, they seem to do better and mature faster if they are in the main tank as opposed to putting them into their own tank. My adult guppies have never bothered the fry. They chased them at first when they thought they were food, but once the fry moved, they were left alone. Hope that helps!

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