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  1. ChloesQuestions

    ChloesQuestions New Member

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    I want to know when my guppy will give birth, a estimate.

    all the fish: 3 guppies, 2 unknown orangish tetra looking fish, 1 small goldfish (temporary and is friendly stays away from guppy), 3 neon tetras
    Tank size: 20g
    20g whisper filter.
    temp: 80-82 normally
    treated for ich in case (saw a few splecks, is gone now but are still being treated)
    checked nitrate nitrite and ammonia, all safe
    water conditioning
    Some hiding places and a bottle with holes incase the fry are born while im not looking

    the extra info was so i know if there are any problems with my setup
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  2. DutchMuch

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    making more than one post about the same thing doesn't help... at all.
     
  3. ChloesQuestions

    ChloesQuestions New Member

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    i didn't mean to, i thought it deleted im new, also why just say that when i want to know something soon
     
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    fluttermoth The current Mrs Treguard ;)
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    She looks like she has a while to go yet, although it can be hard to tell with younger females, as they don't get as big as more mature fish.

    What you want to look out for is her 'squaring off'; her belly will develop a very boxy shape, with corners at the front. Once that happens they usually give birth within a day or so.

    Do be warned if you're thinking about using any kind of breeding box or trap; they're usually too small for the fish to feel comfortable and she might hold on to her fry, in those circumstances. Leaving her in the tank is better.

    By the way, the temperature in your tank is much too high for the fish you have; they'd all be fine at around 74°F. The goldfish needs to be moved to bigger (and cooler) tank, ASAP. You should get the 'tetras' properly identified, as they probably need to be in a shoal. Many shoaling fish can get quite nippy and aggressive in insufficient numbers.
     
  5. Baker

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    Though it's hard to tell, I can see the orangish fish in your tank that you are talking of. It looks like a lamb chop rasbora, and it is definitely a rasbora of some type. These fish are schooling fish and do best in large numbers, the smallest I would go is 8 but this would not be ok with your current stock.
    if you do indeed remove the goldfish as it seems you say you are going to, you need to address both the rasbora numbers as well as the neons, which I also suggest numbers of 8 or more.
    Guppy gestation lasts about a month in total and as you didn't state the sexes of all three I will just say that it is best to have 2-3 female/1 male ratio as the males are quite frisky and often harass females to death if not given enough to disperse the "aggression" of the males sex drive.
     
  6. ChloesQuestions

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    Reply to Baker: My other male recently died
    (snakeskin guppy) so now I really need more females due to 1 f 1 m, but we can't get any fish right now due to 3 guppies dieing in a 4 day period. The ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are all safe. (now that i think about it i remember the orange fish being rasboras.) I may upgrade them to a much larger tank whenever i am able to, and the goldfish will be moved with my other one (he is in there temporarily so he can grow to the size my other fish, Fishy (i named him when i was younger, he is way older now) he is almost the size to be able to, the 80 degrees was for treatment.
    Reply to fluttermoth: Alright, I shall move the goldfish, maybe even upgrading their tanks to a pond, since the other goldfish is very large and needs a bigger tank asap. I will reduce the temperture now.
    Question: What are great things to stop fish eating the fry? (hiding places, traps, ect.)
     
  7. eaglesaquarium

    eaglesaquarium Life, Liberty & Pursuit of the perfect fish tank
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    Number 1 best option: Plants... specifically stuff like java moss offers the fry protection, a place to find food easily and stay out of sight while they get bigger.
     
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    the tank hasnt had fish in it long enough for plants
     
  9. eaglesaquarium

    eaglesaquarium Life, Liberty & Pursuit of the perfect fish tank
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    That's a myth. Plants can be added before fish... and its actually best for both the plants and the fish.
     
  10. ChloesQuestions

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    I can add it? It won't affect anything?
     
  11. Baker

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    It will affect the water quality by cleaning out ammonia and nitrates
     

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