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Hi all I’m new to raising fish (2 months maybe?)

I was very specific about getting males but turns out the store clerk sold me females (should’ve done a google search one male and female guppy’s ‍♀)
No big deal, mal and Jayne are female so thank god their names were gender neutral

however I think mal may be pregnant?! Someone saw a picture of her and said she is but I don’t know that person so don’t know if they’re credible or what I should do to make her safest if she is? Thanks for your time!
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if shes fat and been with a male any time during the last 6 months, she probably is.
 

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Yes, she is pregnant. If there is a male in the same tank, or has been a male at any time during the last 6 months, female livebearers will be at some stage of pregnancy. Female livebearers can store sperm for up to 6 months so will still have babies even after a male fish has been removed from the tank. Are both the guppies female - I wasn't sure from your post. If they are both female, expect fry from both of them.

There are sure to be both male and female fry, and after about 3 months, the female fry will start having fry as well.
Fry all look female until puberty when the anal fin of the male fry will slowly change from a triangular fin to a gonopodium. If you can spot the male fry as soon as the fin starts to change shape and remove them to another tank, you'll save yourself a population explosion.
 
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Thank you for your responses! Yikes now what do I do with the babies when they’re born?!?

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I went back to the place I got them to get a “maternity tank”. Luckily the girl I got Mal and Jayne from was there and said she’ll take the fry!!!
 
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I have 8 adult guppys in a shrimp/guppy tank. In the last 3 months they have had 4 broods of guppies. They seem to leave the fry alone. I have maybe 20 plus fry now in my 30 gallon tank. They are like rabbits :)
 
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Such sad news. Both Mal and Jayne had passed by the time I got home. I know I did everything right (conditioning, temp, water, salt, stress coat, waited, let them adjust temp. Etc.) I feel bad cause they’d be a alive if I left them in their tank originally I just thought it would be healthier and more comfortable away from other fish. The tank was so foggy. I’m heart broken. My balloon molly is still alive. I hope she makes it. I took her out of the tank cause something is clearly wrong. I don’t know what happened. :blush:
 

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Did you cycle the tank before putting the fish in there? Did you add in beneficial bacteria? If not, that's probably why the fish died. Sorry for your loss...
 

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Such sad news. Both Mal and Jayne had passed by the time I got home. I know I did everything right (conditioning, temp, water, salt, stress coat, waited, let them adjust temp. Etc.) I feel bad cause they’d be a alive if I left them in their tank originally I just thought it would be healthier and more comfortable away from other fish. The tank was so foggy. I’m heart broken. My balloon molly is still alive. I hope she makes it. I took her out of the tank cause something is clearly wrong. I don’t know what happened. :blush:
Sorry for your loss:sad:
 
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