How long are Guppies pregnant for?
Posted 11 July 2004 - 05:58 PM
I think 1 of my female guppies is pregnant....her tummy is bigger than the other girls..and keeps increasing in size. Just wondering how long guppies stay pregnant for? I asked today at my lfs and they said they are usually pregnant for about 4 weeks.....I was told also they can decide when they want to give birth???
Also how many fry do they usually give birth to? Also what do you do with all the babies? Do fish stores usually buy just from regular people?
Also I'm new to guppies...so I'm not sure what the mating rituals are....I just noticed one of my male guppies waving his tail near the girl..and then she kinda turned on her side a little and he kinda "kissed" her side. Like sucked it a couple times.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 06:03 PM
if its a first time pregnancy dont expect many fry, they can have anything from 1 - 40+, i keep my fry and grow em up and sell em on..to lfs or anyone who wants them..
Most lfs will take your fish, but not when they are small..they have to be a sellable size. i hope i helped you abit
Edited by DevilsAdvocate, 11 July 2004 - 06:05 PM.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 06:14 PM
She also waited until I ran to the grocery store. I was going to put her back in the breeder tank when I noticed her 'getting ready'. I read that they take on a more square - boxy shape just before birth.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 06:41 PM
Whats a good size tank for guppies?? I was thinking of getting like a 15-20 gallon hex tank. I thought that would look really nice.
Also...if I do move them....should I use the water from my tank thats been running for 7 weeks..or should I use new water...and let it sit for awhile?
Posted 11 July 2004 - 06:46 PM
what I have is a 26 gallon tank with:
1 dwarf gourami
1 kissing gourami
1 sucker fish
2 sailfin mollies
2 white mollies
2 male guppies
4 female guppies
1 baby swordfish fry in breeding net
Some say thats way too much to have in a tank that size....what do you think? Do you do ok with yours? do you do water changes frequently??
Posted 11 July 2004 - 06:46 PM
My tank is overstocked...i have too many fish in it at the moment..but it should be sorted within a month hopefully...i think your tank has the perfect amount of fish for its size..but thats just me..different people have different opinions on what is "overstocked" I change my water every sunday..i haven't had any problems so far, Fingers Crossed
Edited by DevilsAdvocate, 11 July 2004 - 06:49 PM.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 06:58 PM
Well eventually I am going to get another tank for my guppies. Yeah I agree I think a Hex tank would look beautiful with a bunch of guppies in it.
When I cycle the Hex....should I cycle it with the guppies or without? some say cycle without fish...some say cycle with....
I went to a website and put in my tank mesurements...and it said I could have 2 large fish, 5 medium fish and 10 small fish for that size tank.
I wanted just 1 tank...but I have the feeling....I'm going to end up with more
Posted 11 July 2004 - 07:00 PM
Posted 11 July 2004 - 07:30 PM
Was just told my kissing gourami....can get to be 6-12 inches long.....so thats a big problem right now...plus was just reading and they are supposed to have minimum 55 gallons...
Do pet stores usually tank fish back?? I've had him for about 6 weeks now.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 07:45 PM
as for the guppy question, mine have hers anywhere from 4-5 weeks apart but yours might have hers sooner depending on how pregnant she was when you bought her
Posted 11 July 2004 - 07:57 PM
Posted 11 July 2004 - 11:56 PM
But what I really want to say is that I think all plecos get to a considerable size; as in 5 inches +, but yes, you are right, those dont get to the foot long monsters that the common plecos grow to.
Posted 12 July 2004 - 09:15 PM
What do you usually do with all the guppie babies? My lfs wont buy fish...so I'm just wondering how many guppies can live in a 15-20 gallon hex tank? I'm afraid I'll be over run with fry
Don't you just love guppies? I think they are soooo beautiful!!
Posted 13 July 2004 - 03:11 AM
Hmm.. you could always put an add in the classified section of your local newspaper, it probably only costs a few dollars or so. Most likely people will jump for it, because I know that the only fish I see in the classified are koi.
Hmm.. if there were NO other fish, and frequent water changes, Id go for 20. Guppies arent exactly pooping machines, but they arent super light on the bioload like tetras, either. If you had really good filtatrion, maybe 23 or 25.
Edited by Dakota Ice, 13 July 2004 - 03:33 AM.
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