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Old 12-09-2011, 10:00 PM   #1 
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New Babies in the house...

Since I can't feasibly breed bettas right now I decided to undertake a much easier species to breed... Guppies!

Before everyone gets super gushy. My main motive for raising guppies is live food for my bettas. What I don't feed will be given away to the LFS for store credit or on craigslist as feeders.

I rescued a male off craigslist (actually the owner just gave him to me after I agreed to take in her unwanted bettas) and got two females from the pet store. Unfortunately the male died (most likely due to old age) but my two females are happy and healthy.

My first female dropped her first batch today. 13 little fry. This batch I will be keeping and raising to adulthood before giving away.. purely for the experience of raising them.


Bottom female is the mother of these fry.



I'll try to update with pics of these guys. Since there are 13 what I'll probably do is go ahead and cull half and raise the other half, then do the same with the other female's first drop.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:25 PM   #2 
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Best of luck, Jackie.
It's a great idea which I tried once in the past but my bettas at the time wouldn't eat the guppies. It was the only live food I had ever presented them with so it might've something to do with that.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:01 AM   #3 
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Thanks :) I'm already looking into getting a quality trio after the new year.. If I'm gonna raise some to adulthood they might as well be quality

I'm mainly trying this out for my giant boy because their is some speculation that dried foods aren't good for them and lead to shortened lifespan. So this is an easy alternative to soley frozen foods. If they don't take to them I'll probably scrap the whole project. Millions of guppy fry are the last things I want.
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:02 PM   #4 
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AWESOME! Love guppy babies. <3

And let me say again, your females are so pretty! What a great find.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:45 PM   #5 
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They are super cute! I would like to get some guppies but I dont have room or money as I am currently saving up for Glofish.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:55 PM   #6 
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guppies
with the right temperature,light , space/hiding spot with fatty food.
just 5 female and two male you can end with 500+ fish within a year.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:56 PM   #7 
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My Swordtails breed like Guppies, which breed like rabbits lol I'd love to have a few guppies, might get some females for my 29g. Good luck with your adventure!
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:57 PM   #8 
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That won't be an issue. These will be regularly removed and sold/culled as I see them.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:57 PM   #9 
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guppies
with the right temperature,light , space/hiding spot with fatty food.
just 5 female and two male you can end with 500+ fish within a year.
Friend of mine started off with 5 in March, she's giving guppies away by the bucket full now O_o
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:21 PM   #10 
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that sound about right.
just with a trio.
the two female can produce 40-100 fish every month.
about half of that will be female.
which those female can start giving birth as early as 3 month.
soon you will realize that there no point of catching the babies.
you will still end up with to many fish to keep.
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