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emmers 11-11-2009 12:49 PM

Pregnant guppy
 
I bought guppies from the store about 2.5 weeks ago. There is a picture of one of the guppies below. The guppy has continued growing and the "gravid spots" have been getting darker and darker. I am looking for advice. I have a friend willing to to take at least some of the fry if they live but I do not really know what to do. I wasn't planning on having fry and have been trying to figure out more information about what to do. Unfortunately I do not really have the money to buy a whole lot of stuff for her. I have a 5.5 gallon tank with a filter and bubbler. I do not have another tank to put the fry in. I do not have anything for breeding either. I wanted to do it some day when I had the money and time but I don't really have either right now. I have 2 other of the 4 guppies that might also be pregnant but they are not getting as big as this one is.

I am fairly handy so if I can make some of the stuff I need if that is at all possible. I made a sort of container to hang in the tank from a Milk Jug and I can use that if I need to to keep the fry in.

anyways...if you can give any advice it would be appreciated.

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bearwithfish 11-11-2009 09:26 PM

well you are on the right path.... i would recoment making a breeders net you could use some plastic canvas (about $1) and stretch some pantyhose over it to keep the fry from escaping untill they are to big to fit through the holes. a milk jug is a good idea but you would have to make a ton of little holes so that the water would stay fresh and waist would get out.... and not teh little ones LOL.... i breed guppies so if you need more advice i am more than willing to help out and trust me there are a lot of very experianced and wonderful people her to help along the way .... welcom :)

Highland lake13 11-11-2009 10:27 PM

Congrats on the pregant gup. you said that you had a 5.5 gallon tank, does it have any decorations or places the fry can hide where the female gup can't get to? if not then i have a feeling that you will have a female guppy that is full on its own babies...sorry if its a little harsh. I learned this lesson the when i just started out.

emmers 11-11-2009 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by bearwithfish (Post 272501)
well you are on the right path.... i would recoment making a breeders net you could use some plastic canvas (about $1) and stretch some pantyhose over it to keep the fry from escaping untill they are to big to fit through the holes. a milk jug is a good idea but you would have to make a ton of little holes so that the water would stay fresh and waist would get out.... and not teh little ones LOL.... i breed guppies so if you need more advice i am more than willing to help out and trust me there are a lot of very experianced and wonderful people her to help along the way .... welcom :)

I will try that. I have a feeling she is going to have her babies any day now though...so i do not know if i can get to the store... (I am stuck at college with no vehicle...)

Thanks!

emmers 11-11-2009 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Highland lake13 (Post 272549)
Congrats on the pregant gup. you said that you had a 5.5 gallon tank, does it have any decorations or places the fry can hide where the female gup can't get to? if not then i have a feeling that you will have a female guppy that is full on its own babies...sorry if its a little harsh. I learned this lesson the when i just started out.

I have some plants that the fry could probably hide in (plastic ones) but i do not know if that will work...

I didn't plan on having fry anytime soon but it was pregnant when i got it...i only have 4 females...

Thanks for the help!

Highland lake13 11-11-2009 11:56 PM

plastic will probably work! i haven't used it before but i do known people on this forum have. Try and bunch up the "plants" in the same spot so the fry can hide. Good Luck

Cam

bearwithfish 11-12-2009 08:03 AM

yeah bunching works really good ..... unfortunately you still get a few fry who think they are one of the big ones and try to get out and out run every body LOL... well they make a good high protien meal any how :(!!!!!


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