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froggle1 03-03-2011 08:13 AM

Female Guppy Problem
I know female guppies give birth every month or so,but thats not my case.Sometimes my females have fry in two weeks. Other times its two months! I can't save my fry because they could be born any time. Is there a way I can stop this?

Lupin 03-03-2011 08:40 AM

Leave the fry to fend for themselves. The others will eventually eat them up. There's no other way to stop them from reproducing once they start. Just hire a few fish that could help consume the fry.

froggle1 03-03-2011 08:47 AM

The Problem
The problem is that I want to keep my fry so I can start a new strain.

redchigh 03-03-2011 10:37 AM

Guppies are called 'millions fish' for a reason. If you add plants to the tank (either real or fake) and add a dark substrate (ideally a mixed bag of browns, blacks, and reds) and feed the tank daily you'll have more fish than you know what to do with in a couple months.

I started with 3 guppies a little over a year ago, and now have given away about 50, and have a chronically overstocked 10 gallon with over 80 guppies in it. (water parameters are fine, but kids, don't try this at home. I've been keeping fish for over a decade.)

Once the density got that high, I started fasting the fish two days a week so they'd slow down reproduction and hunt down their young. My tanks are all well planted, and that's my show tank.

froggle1 03-03-2011 12:20 PM

I have about 11 guppies in my 20 gallon tank. I do have some dark gravel, and I have 2 tanks to keep my fry in.

Inga 03-03-2011 01:39 PM

Yeah, I regularly have to take big batches of Guppies to the fish store because they reproduce so fast. I never scoop out the fry, they live and grow up happily in the tank. I do separate the boys out as soon as I notice they are boys. They get to grow up in the Gourami tank. I was originally hoping she would eat them but nope. I just scoop them out as they get big enough for re-homing and take a batch of them to the store. I too have a moderate to heavily planted tank.

Christople 03-03-2011 07:52 PM

again with the plants, I to have a moderately planted tank but have a abf and he eats the babies like it is his soul purpose... currently I have 2 left and the are starting to show yellow

froggle1 03-04-2011 06:22 PM

I have a lot of hiding places, and I am starting another tank for my females. I hope this works!

Christople 03-06-2011 01:17 PM

good luck

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