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Old 02-27-2011, 11:59 AM   #1 
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Exclamation HELP! Guppy about to POP!

Sorry for the dramatic title, I just had to catch your attention lol :)

I have a few guppies that are about to have babies. They have large gravid spots and I can see the the babies, I am pretty sure I am seeing little eyes too.

Do I need to transfer them to a tub to let them to let them give birth? Or can they stay in the community? Community has only female guppies, a male betta, and a small tiger pleco. Oh and five super tiny rasboras.

If it is necessary to transfer them:
Do I need a heater? They are used to about 77-78 degree water, but I don't have an extra heater. In my shrimp tank with no heater the temp stays about 70-72 degrees. Is this an okay temp for birthing guppies lol?
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:07 PM   #2 
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You probably do need to transfer them with a betta in there.Do you have a bare 1gal. or something like that?You probably do need a heater.If you don't have one you could always float a bottle of warm water in the tank.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:34 PM   #3 
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You are right, this is what I read on guppyplace.com:

"An ideal temperature for adult guppies is 72 to 76 F. Fry are often raised in warmer water for the first 2 or 3 months (78 - 80 F). However, guppies can survive temperatures as low as 60F and as high as 90F. The higher the temperature in which a guppy lives, the shorter it's life span will be. For the first part of their lives, guppies will grow faster in higher temperatures (if sufficient food is given) so it is helpful to keep fry warm."

How long should the fry be kept separate from the community tank (aka male betta lol)?
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:40 PM   #4 
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Until they are bigger than your bettas mouth.But I would play it safe and wait until they are about a half inch maybe.What are you gonna keep the fry in?
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:46 PM   #5 
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Until they are bigger than your bettas mouth.But I would play it safe and wait until they are about a half inch maybe.What are you gonna keep the fry in?
I have a spare 10 gallon that I was going to fill half way. The thing is, I recently had to take my betta out of that 10 gallon and put it in a 5g because of space issues. If I bring the 10 gallon out again, I have no idea where I would put it. Would it be crazy/cruel to put them in my closet? They would have strong light lol.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:49 PM   #6 
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Ugh I would feel SO guilty if I brought the 10g since I just had to take bellino out of it last night. Then again, if he had stayed in the 10gallon he would of had to go in the closet or more lonely area. If the guppies have to go to a lonely area they should be fine since they have each other right?
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:55 PM   #7 
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Yep that would be fine.What are you going to do about heat?
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:00 PM   #8 
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I am going to pet co in an hour lol
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:07 PM   #9 
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Oh,okay.glad I could help :)
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:52 PM   #10 
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I've been breeding guppies for years, and I have never used a heater in my tank. Although, the tank stays 80 degrees year round, ocassionaly dropping to 78.
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