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Old 02-25-2012, 07:29 AM   #1 
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Are my Guppies Pregnant?

Hey guys, today i went to pick up some guppies, 2 females : 1 male. Doing a bit of research, it looked like my 2 females were already pregnant even before i bought them. Im not too sure if they are but they all show characteristics of big belly and a gravid spot. ( though i read from somewhere that it has to be dark red or black *not too sure about which colour*)
So anyways im hoping that some of you guppies experts may be able to help. Heres some pictures to aid you ( sorry for the low quality). And thanks for advance.





Also i notice the male seem to be chasing the larger female, and i read from a website that the males do that to eat the fry and to try and mate with the female again.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:19 AM   #2 
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I'd say their pregnant. Wait and see if they get any bigger. They look it though.
Mine had a big black spot and the fish were very big. Then one day I woke up with lots of little baby guppies. The fish will eat them, so make sure you have plants they can hide in.
Mine love floating plants.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:26 AM   #3 
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They look prego to me also.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:35 AM   #4 
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Thanks for your responses, I'll keep a look out for when their due. They dont quite yet have the "squared-off" shaped many websites were talking about yet. The only fear I have would be that the male and the females might eat the fry Like i said, i just picked them up today, which means i have not fed them yet. I plan to feed them tomorrow morning ( its currently 1:30am for me) which means if the fry were to come out, most of them might not make it. Hopefully, fingers crossed, that my live plants and driftwood may offer some shelter until i can remove them.

Now here comes another question. I plan to get a breeders box and a "Hatchery". But i've read from some places that these boxes puts the guppies under lots of stress, resulting in her being forever "pregnant" (until she dies of course). Should i place them in the boxes at the last second? or should i let them bear the fry in the tank and hope that the live plants shield them from the adults? And if i do proceed with that method, how should i remove the fry from the tank? Perhaps cupping them?
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:36 PM   #5 
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You're welcome. Mine never looked "Squared off". Mine just got very round.
I personally would not get one. I had one, my fish just freaked out for a while so I took her out. I've also heard that putting the fry in there can stunt their growth, making them never really grow and they turn into food.

To remove them, I'd just use a net and put them in a different tank with a few plants. Then when they get bigger just put them back in the big tank.

I don't remove mine. They're fairly easy breeders and practically require no attention. Just make sure your filter can't suck them up. I tied a hairnet around the bottom of my filter so it can't suck them up.

Plants provide nice cover, even floating plants, like wisteria. Moss is amazing for them too. Java works well, so does Riccia. I have Riccia attached to a big stone in mine and it's almost like a little "rug". They run in it and hide there.
and make sure you crush up food very small so they can eat.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:47 PM   #6 
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First of all: they are all pregnant, and that spot has to be dark/black. If you will see non pregnant females (which are pretty rare, heheh...), and you will check it, you will see, that the orange colour is something empty there, while when it's black, it's filled with small balls.. I agree with the not-removing thing, guppies can breed pretty easily, but it depends on the other fishes in the tank too.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:03 PM   #7 
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@jamiend97 I've just fed them today, still no sign of any frys in the tank yet. How would you remove them with a net? wouldnt they be too small ( unless you have a small holed net ). Also would netting them cause some damage to the small fry?

Also would it better that i just leave the frys in there? And if i do, im not sure how to feed them. They'll eat the infusoria growing on the live plants in there, but im sure they'll need more then that to grow. I've got a sponge filter with a "not so strong" current, is that fine?

@4shi Thanks for the clear up, i would prefer not to remove them from the tank as im sure it'll cause them lots of stress. Currently, I have 3 guppies, 2 females and 1 male, in my planted 10 gallon.

Heres a picture of my 10 gallon, would that have enough cover for the fry to hide from the adults and grow up?


* Ignore the ceramic rings in the bag near the filter, i was using it to speed up the cycling process earlier *
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:04 PM   #8 
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Just to add in another opinion.

I would say that the first one is pregnant and the second picture female is not pregnant.

The female in P#2 (Photo Number 2) looks to be average belly size since usually my non pregnant females have that size stomach where the female in P#1 looks to have a larger belly with a very dark colored gravid spot.

Did you originally want fry?

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@bettalover2033 Thanks for the respond, i'll keep a look out for the 1st female fish then. Also im not sure but it seems like the female in the 2nd picture has grown in belly size, so i'll have to wait and see.

Well, to be honest, i went and bought guppies full knowing that they can produce lots of fry in a very short time. For that reason, i got rid of my other established tank so i could have another 10gallon for the fry to grow. But having said that, i did not do proper research on how to tell my guppies are pregnant. I do however have the necessary food needed to raise the fries. So i guess to answer your question, half and half? ;x
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:32 PM   #10 
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@bettalover2033 Thanks for the respond, i'll keep a look out for the 1st female fish then. Also im not sure but it seems like the female in the 2nd picture has grown in belly size, so i'll have to wait and see.

Well, to be honest, i went and bought guppies full knowing that they can produce lots of fry in a very short time. For that reason, i got rid of my other established tank so i could have another 10gallon for the fry to grow. But having said that, i did not do proper research on how to tell my guppies are pregnant. I do however have the necessary food needed to raise the fries. So i guess to answer your question, half and half? ;x
IMO that's fair because I did the same thing and just researched their pregnant info.

I also try to get some feeder guppies knowing they reproduce fast and when I thought of that, my LPS started only selling fancy guppies instead of feeders.
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