new To guppy pregnancy help

Jdel27

New Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2020
Messages
51
Reaction score
11
Location
London
Hi all

it my first time having topical fish and I have some females in my tank.
I have 3 guppies and a mollie females in my tank.

could you please help me identify if my fish are pregnant? Not sure if and when the fry will be due if they are pregnant.

would really appreciate it
9B755664-3093-441D-A524-7DD6D613FC98.jpeg
 

Attachments

fish48

Member
Joined
Dec 1, 2006
Messages
1,914
Reaction score
230
Your guppies are pregnant and the platy also looks pregnant feed them well and add some plants or plastic plants will do for the babies to hide. the female should produce young within the next couple of weeks
 

Retired Viking

Fish Herder
Joined
Nov 22, 2019
Messages
4,391
Reaction score
3,692
Location
north woods
I agree they look pregnant and some plants would really help. I have a guppy/shrimp 30 gallon tank I just started 2 1/2 months ago and already have two broods of fry. The first was 9 fry 2 weeks ago and they just had the 2nd today. :)
 

fish48

Member
Joined
Dec 1, 2006
Messages
1,914
Reaction score
230
you may find that more fry have survived from the second brood once the adult fish get used to newborn babies swimming around they tend to leave them alone
 

Retired Viking

Fish Herder
Joined
Nov 22, 2019
Messages
4,391
Reaction score
3,692
Location
north woods
you may find that more fry have survived from the second brood once the adult fish get used to newborn babies swimming around they tend to leave them alone
So far I count just 3 but it was from another guppy, they have left the first 9 other fry alone.
 
Last edited:
OP
Jdel27

Jdel27

New Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2020
Messages
51
Reaction score
11
Location
London
Hi all sorry for late reply and thank you for the feed back. How can you identify when or how long they have left in the pregnancy cycle stage that their in?

I’ve also ordered in 2x XXl mother plants for my aquarium because of this.

And been advised that amazon frog bite and some water sprite would do great as well. Any one know where I can order these in a bulk and good quality value in UK?
I Would really appreciate any feedback or even other plants suggested would be very helpful

I’ve got 2x cherry barb and 4x black phantom tetra do you think they will attack the fry? I have two breeders nets, also a small tank just under 10 litres with shrimp only.

Any tips and suggestions would be most appreciated
 

seangee

Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2008
Messages
3,328
Reaction score
1,755
Location
Berks
Its a bit of a struggle finding decent water sprite at the moment. This is the frogbit I bought 6 months ago. Its a bit more expensive than some but great quality and shrimp safe. I only bought 1 pot, that's it in my signature pic and I have it in my other 2 tanks as well. I also regularly throw out bucket loads of the stuff;

Edit: sorry forgot the link https://www.pro-shrimp.co.uk/search...rway=desc&search_query=frogbit&submit_search=
 
OP
Jdel27

Jdel27

New Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2020
Messages
51
Reaction score
11
Location
London
Did u get quiet a lot in there?
I will purchase two just because of my shrimp tank also
 

seangee

Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2008
Messages
3,328
Reaction score
1,755
Location
Berks
Did u get quiet a lot in there?
I will purchase two just because of my shrimp tank also
It was more than I expected compared to what I previously got on amazon or ebay. Took a few weeks to settle in and then grew like crazy.
 
OP
Jdel27

Jdel27

New Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2020
Messages
51
Reaction score
11
Location
London
Hi all

my pregnant female guppies keep hiding behind my filter from the males. Unfortunately the male guppies keep bothering them.

Does this mean there nearly ready to give birth? and they don’t want to be bothered?

I was thinking to put them in a breeders net. But I don’t want to do this too soon and don't want to stress the mother out.

Is this normal? Any advice would be fantastic
 

Colin_T

Member
Joined
Jan 26, 2008
Messages
20,903
Reaction score
5,492
Location
Perth, WA
no idea whats been said above coz I cant read this forum, but the following should tell you everything you need to know about common livebearers.

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.

---------
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 move the female to a smaller aquarium that would stress her.

If you use 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 any 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, swordtails 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.
 
OP
Jdel27

Jdel27

New Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2020
Messages
51
Reaction score
11
Location
London
Hi guys

I have four female guppies.

One of them looks like she ready to burst.
I have a feeling she is ready but not 100%.
I moved my males into my other tank and the ladies are definitely much more relaxed.

please see attached photos tell me what you think
DAA8F45E-559E-428A-AA2E-3C396AE9DA7A.jpeg
46EB412A-AB8F-4B0B-A362-F94D189328D2.jpeg
823CC208-8241-4B15-BF4D-CC784A518277.jpeg
these are the other females two guppies and a platy
 

Attachments

trending

Members online

Most reactions - Past 7 days

Top