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If you can see the baby's eyes, it is close.

Make sure there are lots of plants in the tank (floating and growing in the gravel), and leave her alone. Don't catch her or chase her and if any of the males are giving her a hard time, remove them.

When she has had the babies they will hide among the plants and you can use a small plastic container to transfer them to another tank or breeding net.
 
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If you can see the baby's eyes, it is close.

Make sure there are lots of plants in the tank (floating and growing in the gravel), and leave her alone. Don't catch her or chase her and if any of the males are giving her a hard time, remove them.

When she has had the babies they will hide among the plants and you can use a small plastic container to transfer them to another tank or breeding net.
Thank you for the information Colin I really appreciate all the help from you guys. The males don’t seem to bothering her that I know of. They go up to her about 1or 2 times a day but they aren’t chasing her. It’s weird to because there’s this 1 male guppy who stays with her. He doesn’t bother her or chase her but he will chase the other males away. Is that normal?
 
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Update as of now she seems to be having contractions I think her stomach is doing this weird movement I can see fry eyes at the square part of her stomach and does this little tail fin lift real quick
 

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Update as of now she seems to be having contractions I think her stomach is doing this weird movement I can see fry eyes at the square part of her stomach and does this little tail fin lift real quick
Probably about to give birth. Dont try to move her. Add floating plants if you can. When the fry are born you can move them with a net or paper cup so they wont be eaten
 
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Probably about to give birth. Dont try to move her. Add floating plants if you can. When the fry are born you can move them with a net or paper cup so they wont be eaten
she was put into a separate tank with a male who I actually removed from the tank a few nights ago because he’s been a pain lately now It’s only her in the tank and she’s been in there about 2 1/2 weeks with the male. They were suppose to be my daughter’s that’s why they went into a separate tank when my ex decided he didn’t want to do the fish tank at his house anymore so they have been just hanging out in the separate tank from the community tank where they all started out. Now how long should she be kept in that tank before going back to the community tank and will she eat the frys?
 

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In the wild, female livebearers hang out in large groups consisting of between 20 & 50 (but sometimes up to 100 or more) females. These groups have a pecking order with the biggest most dominant female ruling the group and she has a group of girlfriends who back her up. All the other females live in the group but are lower down the pecking order.

The groups of females move around rivers and waterways looking for food and places to hang out. As the groups move around a few males follow the group and try to breed with any females. The groups of males have a pecking order too and the biggest male will bully his smaller mates.

In the confines of an aquarium, the males will constantly harass the females and try to breed with them. This puts undue stress on the females and if there are too many males constantly pestering the females, the females can get sick and die.

It is preferable to keep livebearers in single sex tanks (either male or female but not both sexes together). If you want a group of males and females then have 1 male and at least 6 females (preferably 10 or more females per male).

Female livebearers can carry up to 6 sperm packets from breeding with males and they use 1 sperm packet to fertilise each batch of eggs. The gestation period (from the time she fertilises the eggs to when she gives birth to free swimming babies) is about 1 month. After which she will fertilise another batch of eggs using another sperm packet. This allows female livebearers to produce young about once a month for up to 6 months without any males being present.

If you want to breed livebearers for specific colours, then have a tank with females and let them give birth and use up all the sperm packets they are carrying in their body. Give them a few months without being pregnant and then add a male to the tank for a week before moving him out, or move the female/s into a tank with a male for a week and let them breed. Then move the females back into their own tank.
The above information applies to most livebearers but female swordtails can turn into males if there is no male present for a long time. If you have a group of female swordtails and they use up all their sperm packets, and there is no male around, the dominant female will turn into a male and start breeding with the other females.

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It is preferable not to move pregnant fish because you can stress them and even damage the unborn fry. If you have to move pregnant females, carefully catch them in a net and then use a plastic container to scoop the female and net up in some tank water. Move her (in the net in the bucket of water) to a new tank and then carefully pour her into the new tank.

If you moved the female to a smaller aquarium that would stress her.

If you used completely new water in the new tank it would stress her. If you set up a new tank for her you should fill the new tank with water from her current tank, so the water is exactly the same.

If the new tank does not have any plants in it will stress her. Put some plants in with her. Water Sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides/ cornuta) is the best plant for livebearers. It normally grows on the surface but can also be grown in the substrate where it grows into a lovely light green shrub.

If you don't have any live plants then add a heap of artificial plants to provide her with shelter when she goes into labour, and to give the fry somewhere to hide when they are born.

Make sure the new tank has an established filter in it so the water stays clean.

Do not put the female into a tank with males until at least 1 week after she has given birth otherwise the male/s will stress her out.

Try not to move the female for at least 1 week after she has given birth so she can heal up. If you have to move the female after she has given birth, use the method above for moving pregnant females.


Most female guppies, platies and mollies do not eat their young if the female is well fed and there are plants in the tank, but will eat them when they are confined to a small breeding trap.
 
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Omg I can’t believe how cute they are ☺ they are so tiny. She hasn’t tried to eat any of them either but she seems to still be in labor, we have 26 now she just had another one
 

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If you do not plan on removing them and want them to survive make sure the tank has lots of fake or live plants and you feed the adults often (but not too often) so they dont get hungry and feel like having a snack :)
 
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Wow long delivery lol that’s good to know. I’m beyond excited and the fry are all doing great
 
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