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friaxh 02-16-2010 11:41 PM

Pregnany Guppy? Picture
 
Hello all,

I'm kind of new to the breeding. I've had this fish for a few weeks now, maybe a little less than a month. She's grown a little from when I first got her, but not too much.

Is she pregnant? If so, how far along do you think she is?
When first put into my tank, I believe I had two males.
I then added an extra, that later died. http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/im...milies/sad.gif
I now have four females and two males.

One more question, I have one female Molly, and one female Guppy that like to stay at the top of the tank in the corners, ALWAYS. Why? I just got the Molly tonight, but I got the guppy a few weeks ago.. and has always stayed up there. She's very fast when she does move.. but doesn't seem sick or anything. Is that normal? She also doesn't seem to be pregnant..

Thanks! http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/im...ies/smiley.gif

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redchigh 02-16-2010 11:59 PM

Yep, pregnant guppy. I'd give her less than a week. She actually might be giving birth now.

If there aren't any shelters or plants, I've had guppies go into a corner of the tank to rest before childbirth.
I'd imagine mollies are the same, but not sure.

If you have any plants of moss, look for baby fish!

friaxh 02-17-2010 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 327363)
Yep, pregnant guppy. I'd give her less than a week. She actually might be giving birth now.

If there aren't any shelters or plants, I've had guppies go into a corner of the tank to rest before childbirth.
I'd imagine mollies are the same, but not sure.

If you have any plants of moss, look for baby fish!


I have a breeder net that sits in the tank. Should I put her in that? Whats the longest I should keep her in that if she doesn't have her fry?

redchigh 02-17-2010 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by friaxh (Post 327537)
I have a breeder net that sits in the tank. Should I put her in that? Whats the longest I should keep her in that if she doesn't have her fry?

I wouldn't really know, since I've never used them. I know stress can cause the pregnancy to end badly, so I always let them give birth in the main tank.
It works well for be because:
I only have guppies (since some fish are more persistant when hunting prey- guppies will only chase anything about 2 inches and give up- many cichlids for example will chase something unmtil its caught, even if they means swimming several laps around the tank.
I cover my powerhead intake with some pantyhose to keep them from getting sucked in.
and lastly, I have java moss and a rocky area with nooks and crannies, the fry like to hide in both areas.

maybe someone else can post about the breeder net, or you could google it.

friaxh 02-17-2010 02:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 327559)
I wouldn't really know, since I've never used them. I know stress can cause the pregnancy to end badly, so I always let them give birth in the main tank.
It works well for be because:
I only have guppies (since some fish are more persistant when hunting prey- guppies will only chase anything about 2 inches and give up- many cichlids for example will chase something unmtil its caught, even if they means swimming several laps around the tank.
I cover my powerhead intake with some pantyhose to keep them from getting sucked in.
and lastly, I have java moss and a rocky area with nooks and crannies, the fry like to hide in both areas.

maybe someone else can post about the breeder net, or you could google it.

I'm thinking that what I may do. And maybe put the fry in the breeder net after.. Thanks a lot. =)

fryup 02-18-2010 04:44 AM

how big is your tank and do you have an air pump...i know that fish will sit by the top of the water when theres no air pump.......also dont put the female in the net ....just wait till she has the fry then catch the fry and put them in there, if you put the female in then it could stress her and cause her to mis-carry and she could also just turn around and eat the fry so ...i would just catch the fry then put THEM in the breeder net .good luck :):):)

friaxh 02-25-2010 01:54 AM

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Originally Posted by fryup (Post 327949)
how big is your tank and do you have an air pump...i know that fish will sit by the top of the water when theres no air pump.......also dont put the female in the net ....just wait till she has the fry then catch the fry and put them in there, if you put the female in then it could stress her and cause her to mis-carry and she could also just turn around and eat the fry so ...i would just catch the fry then put THEM in the breeder net .good luck :):):)

I have a 20 gallon high tank. I do have a bubble bar. I only put in on for half the day because my air pump has failed me. I will be purchasing a bigger one tomorrow, and hopefully that will help me out.

I also purchased a 29 gallon tank recently and have the set up but don't have much in it. Initially it was to put the female into, but I since realized that I've put a lot of time, effort and money into my main 20 gallon ..and already have that set up for the fry so it will probably be easier to transfer the male instead of the female. Like you said, I wouldn't want to risk the female getting stressed and miscarrying.

I have some updated pictures of my female guppies. They seem to be the farthest along and are my main concern so far.
One week ago exactly - http://i45.tinypic.com/11aix68.jpg
Today - http://i46.tinypic.com/65v1p3.jpg, http://i48.tinypic.com/xp79kw.jpg, http://i47.tinypic.com/33wo49c.jpg

I'm still not sure what to expect. But I'm ready!


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