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Breeding Guppies

Discussion in 'Livebearers' started by C.low88, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. C.low88

    C.low88 New Member

    Oct 26, 2018
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    I have a 29 gallon tank that I setup for guppies. I recently purchased some fish the other day (2 males 2 females) and I had a question regarding the fish. I am relatively accustomed to keeping livebearers as I’ve had swordtails and guppies in the past. I am well aware that unless I separate my guppies they will breed and my question is regarding female size regulations. The two females that I have are relatively small and I was wondering if I should be cautious about them breeding as they seem fairly small for breeding. I know that once they’ve reached sexual maturity that they are ready for breeding but I’m not opposed to separating the males to prevent this. I was also wondering how many guppies I can put in a 29 gal? Should I separate my guppies or am I being too cautious? I was considering buying some larger females when they are available or maybe buying only males.
  2. Deanasue

    Deanasue Moderator
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    Oct 29, 2018
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    If you are buying only males to make a male Only tank then that’s fine. If you are going to put male and females together then I would buy more females, not more males. Otherwise the males will stress the females out. Mother Nature usually takes care of things and when a female is of breeding age she is ready. She may have a small brood the first couple of times. I have males only in my tank.
    #2 Deanasue, Jul 19, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2019
  3. seangee

    seangee Member

    Feb 16, 2008
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    If they are in the same tank the females are already "pregnant".
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