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rosehower 05-20-2010 01:55 PM

platy and "fancy guppy" pregnacy questions
hi there
so i got some platies and a few fancy guppies (or mollys?) for dither fishies for my gld nugget pleco.
I also got a huge snail to help clean things up.

so here is where there are questions.

So one yellow and black "platie" is very big, and it has that "stained glass window" blackish spot by her butt, so i was told the bigger and darker the "spot" the closer to birth.

Also 2 fancy guppies are big too. unfortunately there were originally 3 pregnant guppies, one was small, must have been her first pregnancy. the day she stopped eatign and i was told that was a sign she was going into labor, she died. she was very small tho, and was told some first timers just dont make it.
the other 2 i have in separate nets (breeder nets). they dont like being in the nets, but i am unsure the babies when born would get away from the gold nugget, or the males, or unpregnant fishies.
How long will they take to give birth?
how long should i leave them in the nets if no birth has happened, and they seem unhappy??
how do i know when to re net them if they are in nets too soon?

i will attach photos of the 3.

any help greatly appreciated.
i have never ever had guppies, mollys, or platys before. neither have i had to closely watch for babies.

fryup 05-20-2010 02:17 PM

All the fish in question are usually pregnant for arount 1 month then they have there fry ... It's not always true that the bigger and darker the "gravid spot" the closer to giving birth they are because sone females are just naturally darker .... A good way to tell with guppies if there close tovgiving virth is to look at there "bottom" and iv it's pointed out a bit then there close and I think this is the same for the other pregnant fish... Good luck hope I have helped :):):)
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rosehower 05-20-2010 02:23 PM

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ok well heres what i have so far. these pics are awful. most of them are from inside a ziplock bag since you cant see the "spot" is black except from behind the fish)

well here's what i have. i will try again for better shots.
the yellow fish's spot is big but isnt black completely. it is greyish.

rosehower 05-20-2010 02:24 PM

its rather hard to see the spots.

ok, so should i keep them in these nets for the lenght of time until birth and then take the momys out?

rosehower 05-20-2010 02:29 PM

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this is what the rest of the tank looks like. some oft he other fish are just beautiful.
the mommys are beautiful too, and the big one that has the blacker tail is purpley, she's very pretty.

also theres the big snail , snail-bert. and nugget is on the underside of the driftwood piece

rosehower 05-20-2010 02:34 PM

so these are platys then and the smaller ones are guppies?

rosehower 05-20-2010 03:06 PM

hope i can do this right!
if i catch them in time i hope to watch and then sparate the moms. (how will i know they are done having babies...?)

britnyjackson 05-20-2010 03:12 PM

I wouldn't keep them in the breeder nets. It causes a ton of un needed stress and you seem to have a lot of good hiding spots for the fry. There will be several others comment that have more experience than I do, but I'd definitely let them out of the nets. Gorgeous tank by the way!! Also, your fish are beautiful too!

rosehower 05-20-2010 03:36 PM

ok, it seemed to be they dont like the nets, but the others had been folowing them and i dont have another tank to put them into right now...
i'll see about letting them free again. but i will want to keep them away from the other fish when ts their "due-day" right? idk if i have enough places for fry to hide, i really wonder...
i have a 20g i can set up, but no filter for it anymore... i'll have to move some fishies around.

Mikaila31 05-20-2010 04:15 PM

breeder nets never help IMO. Cover is key. In a breeder net most will abort or give birth to early. In a tank without cover they give birth well, but lots tend to get eaten.

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