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She gave birth today. I only had time to save 3. She ate 2 the second they popped out. Didn't realize she was preggers... I thought she was big because of a tumor.

Now she's not doing well. I don't expect her to make the night. I'm mostly asking for the fry. They're safe in my snail tank right now.

I did a 70% water change, vacuumed, the guck the vacuum stirred up but missed, I scooped out with my net... I changed the filter cartridge... Treated the water with a normalizer that removes ammonia and chlorine and makes tap water safe, cleaned the decorations before putting them back in.

After a few hours I tested the water

0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 4 for nitrates, 7.8 pH.water levels were never really an issue. I think I just got weak fish from the pet store, and they all infected each other and it went down hill.

Is there anything else I can do, besides what I did, to prepare to move the babies back to the main tank? I can't keep them in the snail tank long because it's unfiltered/unheated.

The water conditions in there are good, so it's okay temporarily, but only for a day or two... So i need to know what you think she has to make sure I can get the tank healthy before they come in
 

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I know this is pretty late but...

I don't see any evidence of columnaris. Any bumps that went fuzzy? If not, likely not your culprit.

However, having just given birth and then having issues, she likely got a baby stuck, tore something, or ate too many and may have damaged or burst her stomach. it happens...

Did she survive?
 

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I have a female guppy right now that has the same thing. I've had other female guppies that get that too. Not many, just once in the while. It almost seems to be an injury. It's weird that just the females get it. I've never been able to save one. I wish I knew what it was.
 

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Not too weird when you consider it happened after giving birth and only females do this(at least in this species. lol). Like any species that does so, there's always a risk of a baby tearing something, or even getting stuck. Getting stuck, they die and decompose, along with any others still trapped, causing an infection and the death of the mother. Often within a few short days, if not the same day when damage is done. Stress of it all sucks too. I've lost one to a prolapse due to birth, and one to a suspected infection from damage done during the process, and one other who had a trapped baby and I had no way to help her. =(

Yeah, I don't see any evidence of columnaris or any other fungus, she looks clenched and pained, so dying from birthing issues is your most likely culprit.
 

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Not too weird when you consider it happened after giving birth and only females do this(at least in this species. lol). Like any species that does so, there's always a risk of a baby tearing something, or even getting stuck. Getting stuck, they die and decompose, along with any others still trapped, causing an infection and the death of the mother. Often within a few short days, if not the same day when damage is done. Stress of it all sucks too. I've lost one to a prolapse due to birth, and one to a suspected infection from damage done during the process, and one other who had a trapped baby and I had no way to help her. =(

Yeah, I don't see any evidence of columnaris or any other fungus, she looks clenched and pained, so dying from birthing issues is your most likely culprit.
Thanks for clearing that up. I never gave that a thought.
 

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Yeah it looks internal. Not columnaris. So she only had 5 babies, 2 of which she ate? When I had guppies they usually had pretty good sized batches of babies so maybe she was clogged up. Poor thing.
 
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