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MsNaFew 04-21-2011 02:17 PM

Midwifing 3 reluctant preggo guppies
So it goes like this. I have 3 vastly preggo guppies ( squared off and ready to explode ) in a densely planted ( artificial) 10 gal, with a netted intake to ensure the fry don't get sucked up, tank. I gave up on the breeding trap as it stressed one gupp pretty badly. All 3 were moved a week ago to ensure any stress would be gone before they download, so to speak. With me so far?

Anyway, the temp is right ( 78 degrees ) and so is the pH and ammonia and all the myriad other water parameters, so....WHY THE HECK ARE THEY HOLDING OFF? Argh! They are still humungous and look exceedingly uncomfortable and while there have been a few fry prior to my moving them, they haven't proceeded with getting on with the drops.

My main worry is the obvious one-this one eating that one's fry and trying to find the fry ( I kinda really went overboard with the floating and weighted plants ) once they arrive. I'm brand spankin' new at this and figure I MUST be going about this all wrong. It's GOT to be easier than I'm making it, so I'm open to suggestions and ideas, as I've exhausted all of mine.

I don't know nuthin' bout birthin' no babies! Help, help! :-?

Inga 04-21-2011 02:23 PM

Step one, RELAX! ha ha

Soon your tank will be over flowing with Guppy young and you will be saying "now what?" Once they start to birth they just keep right on going. It is not unusual for a female to die having babies sadly. Obviously not all die but it does happen. I would have been alright with the mamas eating the babies after I had so many but, no go there. I have live plants and have a large amount of Pennywort floating for the little ones to hide in.

MsNaFew 04-21-2011 02:32 PM

I figured that if I THINK it to death ( I am obviously ) that I'll only complicate things, just frustrated I suppose. These 3 females are loaded with fry I WANT, you see, now if it were females with fry from unknown fathers, I'd be up to my ears in them! I am, I've decided, Murphy's Law personified, as nothing in my world ever happens quite the way it was anticipated! LOL

sigh Back to reading, researching and dealing with a smirking guy who happily points out to me, " Hun? I think they....haha! Made ya look!" grr...Gorgeous pics of the family you have for your profile. I would post some of my son but he is usually caught with a finger up his nose, sticking out his tongue, etc!

Thank you, for replying and your patience with me!

Inga 04-21-2011 02:39 PM

Here are a few pics of my Guppies

and Guppy fry (so you don't explode while waiting for yours to show) ;)

It iis fun to wait for things. Once that "excitement" is over we must figure out something else to be excited over again. :)

How quickly your tank will look like this

MsNaFew 04-21-2011 02:43 PM

Ah....true-er words never spoken.....and having said that, my compliments on the both the quality of the guppies ( gorgeous! ) as well as the quality of the oics! topic I suppose, but how in the world do you get pics on these fast li'l critters? I tried this morning and it didn't go well! LOL

Inga 04-21-2011 03:16 PM

I sit in the dark and shoot into the light. I change the ISO setting of the camera to have faster speed. Also, I have used flash for some photos but I get close to the glass and shoot at an angle. There are several options but it comes down to shooting dozens of pictures and hoping to get one decent one. The one of the single baby and the mama's face is my little "Junior" that I still have when she was a fry. ha ha She is such a sweet little fish and my very first fry. I love her.

The live plants make for a nice backdrop too and let more light through them.

Oh, and make sure your tank glass is clean. Clean with a soft cloth and windex but do not spray windex in the same room as your tank. Rather spritz a little on a rag in another room and then go clean the outer glass.

MsNaFew 04-21-2011 03:22 PM

Indeed they are beautiful, both pics and fish. I hope my females produce the quality that is close to what I've seen in yours and I hope they do it SOON, if nothing else, to finally get rid of the chesire cat grin that appears stamped on my oh so loving and supporting, guy's face!

Photography....hmmmm....Well....guess I know what hobby to next try my hand at! LOL

Thanks for the advice, I guess trying to get my fish on film and show the true colour is as worthwhile a way to pass the time as twiddling my thumbs and waiting on these unruly females!

Inga 04-21-2011 03:45 PM

I re-read your original post here and you said you have a thick layer of floating plants. Have you got down and looked up toward the light? The fry when first born zip around up on top like mosquitoes. If you have a heavily planted top, they will be more difficult to see. Junior hid for a week once and I thought for sure she had passed on but nope... all of a sudden there she was again only a little bigger. I was sure it was her because she was the only one in the tank. It was another month before I got any more babies but then all heck broke loose and the population blew up. Once the females are bred they can continue to produce for several times even with no new daddy.

Also, What are you feeding the babies?

MsNaFew 04-22-2011 11:33 AM

Patience is a virtue I've missed somewhere along the line....;) As for fry food, I have first food, a egg yolk based liquid food to drop in, if they ever appear. I tried the light trick last night-turning out the light and using a flash light. So far, no go. argh!

Inga 04-22-2011 12:47 PM

Well you know what they say "A watched pot never boils?" Maybe you can concentrate your efforts on something else. Another new tank perhaps? That should wipe the grin right off of your hubbies face. lol

I fed my babies Daphnia and Tubiflex worms. The Daphnia is 66 % protein Tubiflex 46% They grow quickly and color up lovely. Also, it didn't seem to mess the tank much either which is always a plus. :)

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