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friaxh 02-25-2010 11:48 PM

We have fry! But I need some advice NOW!
 
I don't know which female guppy theyre coming from! I have at least three that are big and boxy...

The second baby gup I found dug itself into the gravel. I don't want them all doing that!

What should I do?!

Austin 02-26-2010 01:25 AM

Well look on the back of their body... right above where they poop should be kinda pushed out if it's giving birth. Also, feed your fish, a female in labor shouldn't have a huge appetite though she might still eat. Sorry I'm not able to help much without seeing them. And sorry for being late.

Watch them carefully! You'll be able to pick out the odd acting one...

Or if you want put one in a breeder box for 20 minutes... if it doesn't give birth, put the other one, etc. That might help you figure it out...

If you're worried about being able to tell after they give birth... the female will be way skinnier, even if she doesn't appear so right now.

friaxh 02-26-2010 03:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Austin (Post 332798)
Well look on the back of their body... right above where they poop should be kinda pushed out if it's giving birth. Also, feed your fish, a female in labor shouldn't have a huge appetite though she might still eat. Sorry I'm not able to help much without seeing them. And sorry for being late.

Watch them carefully! You'll be able to pick out the odd acting one...

Or if you want put one in a breeder box for 20 minutes... if it doesn't give birth, put the other one, etc. That might help you figure it out...

If you're worried about being able to tell after they give birth... the female will be way skinnier, even if she doesn't appear so right now.

I know it was probably a bad idea, but I moved the three female to the breeder TANK. It's a ten gallon set up with a bunch of floating plants, no gravel.
The fish seem to be doing good so far. And before you said anything, I noticed the "pushed" out part on one of the female. She's still pretty big. I assume she still has more fry. I will check on her more tomorrow because it's a little past my bed time tonight.


So far I have four babies. And I don't think there are any more in the main tank.. Hopefully.
What should I feed them? They're kind of just sitting on the bottom of the breeder box inside of the main tank.. is that normal? I crushed up some flakes ..its now all sitting on the bottom too.

I'll update with pictures tomorrow.
Thanks! :-)

Austin 02-26-2010 12:21 PM

Fry seem to sit around for ~12 hours after they are born. It's normal. :]

Be careful when handling the females who are close to giving birth (but aren't the one giving birth)... you could stress them into giving birth prematurely to unhealthy babies.

As long as that tank is cycled you should be fine... if not as long as it has lots of real plants in it to consume the ammonia the fish produce.

friaxh 02-26-2010 01:40 PM

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Fry seem to sit around for ~12 hours after they are born. It's normal. :]

Be careful when handling the females who are close to giving birth (but aren't the one giving birth)... you could stress them into giving birth prematurely to unhealthy babies.

As long as that tank is cycled you should be fine... if not as long as it has lots of real plants in it to consume the ammonia the fish produce.

Before switching I checked the levels of ph, alkalinity ? nitrates, ammonia ...all that. All numbers were good!
Before setting up the breeding tank, I set the filter system in the main tank to let the water run through it and all that.. and when I set it up, I put that filter in and I filled up half of the tank with the main tanks water.

I'm not sure if how they're acting is normal now. They're not doing a whole not. They don't seem sick, but kinda staying atop by the plants. Maybe there's just not much in the tank for them to enjoy?
None have had any more fry, and there aren't any more in the main tank. I don't see any dead fry, or eggs. Or whatever it is that happens when they miscarry or have premature fry.

I'm checking the water temperature.. it's getting a little too low for my liking, but I'm going out and buying a heater for it today. I will also be buying some real plants.

Here are some pictures.

friaxh 02-26-2010 01:47 PM

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Before switching I checked the levels of ph, alkalinity ? nitrates, ammonia ...all that. All numbers were good!
Before setting up the breeding tank, I set the filter system in the main tank to let the water run through it and all that.. and when I set it up, I put that filter in and I filled up half of the tank with the main tanks water.

I'm not sure if how they're acting is normal now. They're not doing a whole not. They don't seem sick, but kinda staying atop by the plants. Maybe there's just not much in the tank for them to enjoy?
None have had any more fry, and there aren't any more in the main tank. I don't see any dead fry, or eggs. Or whatever it is that happens when they miscarry or have premature fry.

I'm checking the water temperature.. it's getting a little too low for my liking, but I'm going out and buying a heater for it today. I will also be buying some real plants.

Here are some pictures.

Here are some more pictures.

biokid101 02-26-2010 02:01 PM

wow very nice pics. i hope u get more fry if u want more.

friaxh 02-26-2010 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by biokid101 (Post 333088)
wow very nice pics. i hope u get more fry if u want more.

I do! :)

I'm hoping they turn into some pretty nice looking fish, too.

biokid101 02-26-2010 06:18 PM

where r ur males so i can get an idea of how they might look?

friaxh 02-26-2010 09:15 PM

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where r ur males so i can get an idea of how they might look?

I'm pretty positive the two yellow female were pregnant when I bought them. I tried picking out the biggest looking female. So who knows with them.

My spotted female, the one in with the two yellow.. was the first female put in the tank. She was first with the blue and red guppies.. who were the first two male ever in the tank.

I still have a yellow and black female in the main tank along with a black tailed female, and a black and white spotted tailed female, who are all still pretty early along.

I also added more plants and decorations, along with a heater.. to the "birthing tank".

Here are some pictures.


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