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29 September 2015

Brought home Sunset (female with orange caudal and dorsal with spots), Speckles (female, oops actually a male! with yellow and orange caudal and dorsal with spots, body has cobra markings), and Dapples (male yellow with spots)

30 September 2015,

Realized Speckles was also a male, traded Dapples in for Aurora (yellow dorsal and caudal with spots), who appears pregnant (darker gravid spot, bloated belly) already.

2 October 2015,

Aurora dies of unknown cause.

3 October 2015

Brought home Dawn (female with yellow caudal with spots), who appears to already be pregnant (darker gravid spot, bloated belly)

5 October 2015
Sunset is showing pregnancy. Her gravid spot has been darker for a week, and now she's getting bigger.

21 Oct 2015

Dawn shows appearance of labor -- hanging out by heater, arched back, shivering. Moved to breeding net which has java moss and a few floating plantlets.
Sunset shows signs of parasites (white, stringy poop); treat tank day 1 of Paraguard. Also showing advanced (boxy belly) stages of pregnancy.

I can see heads and/or eyeballs of fry through the belly of both females. Male very interested in gravid spots of both females. I estimate that Sunset should have her litter next week, close to Halloween.

Note: Speckles is never still, and I just can't capture the beauty of his markings.
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22 October

False alarm on Dawn's labor. She is returned to the main part of the tank and reasserting her authority. I'm beginning to wonder if she wasn't just bloated when I got her and got pregnant afterwards.

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Nice. A guppy keeper. I have two pairs. Should be adding one more pair soon
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Do they work well as pairs? Everything I've read said at least 2-3 females per male. I'd rather have the Sunset/Speckles pair than have Dawn there.

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Oh fun! I will be following. I have 5 gups, but they're all male.
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They will work. Just need some time. Something like a match making couple.
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Thanks!

I thought both females were in labor today, but it turns out that they ate some of the otos' seaweed and had problems pooping it out. The feeces looked just like the seaweed flakes that broke off from the sheet and float around.

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24 Oct 2015

Dawn is hiding and not eating. Placed her in breeding net.

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Thanks! She's not doing too great. After three days of brown poop, I stopped the paraguard treatment. Now, her poop is stringy and white, and she's still not eating. I've removed her to the hospital tank and started everyone on paraguard again. No babies that I can see.

Sunset and Speckles are doing great. They beg for food every time they see a person. Sunset looks like she'll be ready to give birth next week still.
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