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Calmwaters 09-04-2009 10:29 AM

Very pregnant looking female guppy...
Hi there. I have a very pregnant female guppy and I was wondering how I can tell when she is close to giving birth so I could put her in a breeding net. Thank you.

Kindest Regards,

redlessi 09-04-2009 11:26 AM

Did she square off yet? My guppy did and had babies before I knew it. The only thing I remember in hindsight is that she kind of seperated herself and stopped eating but by the time I realized she had babies she died a day or two after. I never got a chance to put her in a breeder's net and the fry are still in the tank.
Good Luck.

Calmwaters 09-04-2009 12:43 PM

What do you mean by sguare off?

redlessi 09-04-2009 07:41 PM

Her fat stomach will go from really round to kind of square and if you look closely you can see that the babies have dropped position making the stomach look square and boxy.....I hope I explained it so you can get a visual of what I mean.

Oldman47 09-05-2009 04:07 PM

Maybe this will help. In the first picture my molly was very heavy and rounded but in the second she had squared off and was close to her drop.

redlessi 09-05-2009 07:35 PM

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without the red line she just looks pregnant, but this picture shows what a guppy would look like if she squared off and ready to drop.......hope this helps

Calmwaters 09-06-2009 11:05 AM

She has definaltly squared off. Would it be better to put her in a breeder thing that goes inside the tank or should I set up the 2.5 gal tank I have and put her in there with some java moss for the babys to hide in then take her out after she has them.

redlessi 09-06-2009 01:17 PM

I just its a matter of choice and it depends on what other fish you have in the tank. Some people say the breeders box stresses them out. I left mine in the tank and there are 6-7 fry. If the other tank is already cycled than you can consider that. Do you plan on keeping the fry?

Mine are sooo cute, they are growing and starting to show some color on the tails after 2 weeks. I have plenty of hiding spaces in the tank so they are fine.

Calmwaters 09-08-2009 08:27 AM

She has had babys before in the tank and they all got eaten:cry:. I put her in the other tank and with in a few hours she started haveing fry but they were all dead except for 4. One of them is a lot bigger than the rest of them and has some color but the other 3 are itty bitty and clear they look totally different. Any idea what went wrong and why they are so different?

Kindest Regards,

redlessi 09-08-2009 11:24 AM

Not sure as all of mine were clear and tiny. Maybe someone else will come along with different answers.....Good Luck

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