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Bwaaman 05-24-2011 06:13 PM

Male guppy guarding the babies?
Our guppy just had 7, or so, babies. The male is keeping them under a piece of wood we have in the aquarium. If one or more escapes from under the wood, he herds them back and stays in front of them in a protective stance, only leaving to chase away the female or any of the other occupants of the aquarium. Is this normal??

Christople 05-24-2011 08:12 PM

no that is one of the weirdest things ever

zof 05-24-2011 08:21 PM

We need a video of this behavior this sounds absolutely fascinating

Christople 05-24-2011 10:57 PM

what he said ^^

jeaninel 05-24-2011 11:35 PM

LOL Guppies usually just eat their babies,not guard them. Sounds more like something a Convict cichlid would do. They are great parents.

Bwaaman 05-25-2011 04:04 AM

I'll give it a shot with the video after I get home from work. It might be a bit difficult because he and the babies are kind of tucked way up under the piece of wood. I'm not sure how I would do it without having to submerged the camera.

Guppie luver 05-25-2011 03:57 PM

Wow I have tons of guppies and never has that happend I want to see maby he was kept like that when he was a fry and do the fry eat?

Bwaaman 05-25-2011 04:50 PM

Well, got home from work, checked fishes, and the male is back to trying to impress the female. I guess his Mr Mom" routine didn't do it for her, so now he has to go back to the old fashion Alas, we are down to four babies. :cry:

Interesting behavior tho, my wife was the one who noticed it and pointed it out to me. She has far more experience with guppies than I do, my experience is mainly cichlids, and she had never seen it before either.

Oh well...sorry to get y'all excited. If he should start it up again, I will be ready this time!

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