Hi! I love fishys. And your site is fab too! Recently my guppy gave birth. There were aprox 48 babies born. I left the house
for work around 8am and when I returned home from work I discovered she had finally given birth.
I had been waiting for the babies to arrive for ages! When I looked closely all the babies were dead. I couldn't believe it. I was really shocked. I had tried so hard with my
female guppy all the way through her pregnancy ... I got her a breeding trap and watched her everyday.
I wondered if you had heard of this before, and if you knew what could have caused ALL their deaths?? I have lots of fishies in my tank and all seem pretty healthy, the water
seems fine... This was my first time with breeding fish, its such a great hobby.
Any thoughts, suggestions and comments will be much appreciated. Guppy-lover
Lowenna UK - England
PS - something guppy lovers might enjoy, before my female had given birth - one morning I looked into my tank and in the breeding trap was the male guppy too!!
The little cheeky fish jumped in with her!!!! It was very funny, quite sweet really - he told me he just wanted to be close to his wifey at a time like this ....
Reply. Hello Lowenna. From time to time female Guppies do deliver dead babies. This is more likely to occur in a female's first delivery, and it
also more likely just after a female has been moved from one aquarium to another aquarium. Often the female will deliver live babies a few weeks later. Good luck in the future with your Guppies.
Hello! Your section on Guppy breeding was MOST helpful out of everything I have ever read! I have been trying to get started
with livebearers for some time now but little sisters have ... well ... gotten in the way, let's say. hehe. :-)
Anyway, the thing about java ferns is very true for livebearers. Everywhere I read I said java ferns are the easiest and best plane for the fry to nibble on without killing the
plant and for cover from their cannibalistic parents. (wow that's the big word! haha)
Anyway that's all and thanks! your site is sooooooooooo helpful!
You can put this on the site if you want I don't mind!
Reply. Hello Kyle. thank you for your very complimentary comments about AquariumFish.net. We are glad to read that you are making good use of the
information about Breeding Guppies.
I'd just thought you might want to know because you have been a great help to me even though you have never
personally E-mailed me back. Anyhow, My guppy had 12 babies last Monday!
They were very healthy and my larger guppies were not interested in them. I separated then into a goldfish bowl, (Is a goldfish bowl okay?) anyway. Then I went on vacation on
Thursday and My neighbor took care of my guppies.
When I came back the next Tuesday, the baby fish were twice as big! On Wednesday night, the same mother was very large so I put her in the breeding net again.
You said that it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks for the mother to have babies again but it only took a week and 1/2 for my mother guppy to give birth again! She gave birth to 21
babies, even though she was not a very large guppy.
Sadly, one of them died. I was wondering, how long does it take for a baby guppy to mature to a grownup guppy's regular size? And how much can you sell them for to a local fish
I was just wondering because I cannot keep 32 baby guppies in a 5 gallon aquarium when I already have 4 guppies in that tank.
Thank You! (If you e-mail me back.) Sincerely,
Reply. Hello Margo. Congratulations. We say Female Guppies usually release babies once a month, but yours is an exception this time.
The rate of maturing in Guppies depends on the temperature of the water, the amount of food, the quality of the food, the amount of stress, and other factors.
So we cannot tell you how soon your guppies will mature, but they usually mature in a few months.
I suggest you contact a local store and ask them, if they will buy your Guppies and at what price. Often they will offer to trade you fish, fish food, or other merchandise.
In reading some of your articles,
I think you have some pretty good advice to give
out. However, I have been raising
guppies for 2
years in a non-filtered 2 gallon tank. They were
fine. I had plants, gravel, and snails in there
with them, and they successfully gave birth to
about 3 healthy babies that are still living
Recently, I transferred these
a filtered 5 gallon tank, with the snails,
plants, and a new companion, a
catfish. The male got
excited, and got practically all of the
females pregnant. However, when I checked on
them, the females were no longer as
pregnant, and there were only about 5 babies
at the top, hiding in the plants. My guess
is that the rest were eaten by their
parents. However, I didn't do anything. They
did it all themselves.
My opinion with breeding
that they will do it naturally, if the
situation is provided to them. I think your
readers should know that its not that hard,
and they do not have to go out and spend a
lot to raise guppies. Its quite simple, and
enjoyable to watch. I suppose that if your
readers were breeding for a profit, they
might want the correct tools and all. But,
if they are just raising fish for the fun of
it, as I am, they should just worry about
setting up the correct ecosystem for the
They are the most interesting little fish!
Reply. Hello CD. Thank you
for your comments, which we agree with.
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