My guppy has been pregnant fro what seems like forever , she's now become very restless, the males are really anoying her so i have stuck her in my breeding net (which is very large so plenty of room to swim around) but still no sign of fry, i let her out for a short time last night but the males started on her and she's too big to swim away from them, so she's now back in the net, she's breathing fast and not very active now, i'm worried if she doesnt give birth soon she will die , she's still eating (which is a good sign), she must have a lot of fry in her but its worrying that she has been like this for so long (has been squared off for a month).
Please send good birthing vibes to Mrs. Gupppy I'm sat here with the lights of, TV turned down in hope she will drop her fry.
So should i treat my tank for bacterial infection? i have some treatment here but ws worried it would harm my fry?
I hope they are not comon snails , if so i will be moving my asassin snails into the tank to eat them up. I havn't had any new plants for over 6 weeks, the snails are very tiny like they have just hatched. I cant find them now and am now starting to think i imagined it (though i did get dd1 to conform it was a snail just incase it was my dodgy eye sight).
The most common snails (the ones that come in uninvited, sometimes called 'pest snails') are physa and ramshorn. The eggs will often come in undetected with plants or sometimes with fish. You can't stop them or get rid of them really, but they are harmless enough in small numbers.
Sounds like your guppies might have a internal bacterial infection.
Eau, there were no other snails in the tank so not sure what they could be, they dont look like comon snails, i can get a pic as my best camera is broken, will try will my old one but its not great. They look round and flatish, have only spotted 2 and now they have vanished. Will go nd google to see if i cn find a picture of a baby red snail.
No real symptoms at all with the fish, they seem to swimming around happily then ll of a sudden they start acting odd, trying to squeeze behind the breeding net and withing minutes they die. No real marks on them, the one this morning had a tatty tail but thats where the other guppies found it before me , it seems realy odd.
Still no fry but another 'unexpected death' of a guppy, no signs of illness, died suddenly (another female). I think it must be a parisite? how do i treat the tank? is it ok to tret with fry in the tank (they re a few weeks old)? I have lost 3 guppies nd my male Molly in the past 2 weeks, none showed any signs of illness and all were swimming around happily minutes before they died (very odd). Water has been testing fine but will test again later.
these are the snails i hadn't seen them before, found them in pets at home (i know, i know) so bought a couple as they looked pretty, sadly one died so i was going to buy a couple more, so pleased there are now a couple baby's.
Endlers seem to be hard to find here, i looked for some a while ago but only one shop had them and they only had 2 left , there is a man who advertises sometimes on fb who breeds them (they always sell fast).
Well, still no sign of fry but was looking in my other tank and have found a couple baby snails (red spotted snails) which was a shock as one of my snails died a couple of weeks ago leaving me with just one, they must have mated before he passed away .
Endlers are another option, they are smaller than platys and have fantastic colours. Some shops are a bit confusing because they are sometimes labelled as wild guppies, but they're a different species, although they can interbreed so shouldn't be kept together.
You mentioned keeping platys instead of guppys. Until now, I've had platys in every single tank I've kept and I think the only one that died was one that came to me in a very poor state from pets at home. They are sooo easy to keep, and although they aren't as stunning as guppies can be, they can be very vibrant. I would love some in my current tank but not sure my angel and rams would like them?
Because i'm worried the other guppies would kill her (or stress her out so much she dies), if i do get fry i will probably still save them from getting eaten because i'm too soft, will just mean my other fry will have to go to their new home a bit early (i would have liked to have kept them longer to see their colours).
She still seems happy in the net (well happier then she would be in the tank) but keeps looking at me as if to say 'dont rush me' , will leave her in their for now, the males are swimming around the net as if they are waiting to eat her fry (i think they are getting fed up of waiting too).
She deffently hasn't had any fry for at least 2 months, last time i had fry she was in the net (3 weeks ago) and 2 others had fry in the tank (around 30 fry), she has been in and out of the net and hasnt changed size, gravid spot has not change and no sign of any fry
Have tried water cahnges but nothing. Maybe she's just bloated, should i give her a few peas? she seems to be pooing ok. Maybe she needs a c-section .
Could you try a water change? Can stimulate fish to spawn sometimes, maybe it will have a similar effect on livebearers?
I found guppies were a bit hit and miss but then I only had a few males in a pretty large tank. A few of them lived a couple of years, that was the top end. They tended to get sick and / or die whenever I went on holiday and trusted someone else to look after the tanks! So obviously very fragile when it comes to water quality varying.
She would have died already if it'd been the same batch of fry the whole time. They can sometimes get one stuck and die during birth. I wouldn't move her, the stress during labour can really mess things up. Fingers crossed that she'll pop them out soon!
The problem with guppies is that they are so very inbred- they've been line bred entirely for looks and as a result their health has really suffered. Same with fancy goldfish. There aren't any restrictions about breeding fish like there are with dogs so you end up with some real mutants
Nothing , sadly i dont think she will ever give birth, she has been pregnant for months (sinse i bought her), maybe she cant physicly give birth?, i might have to kick her out into the other tank (if the danios dont chase her) as i think the other guppy will give birth before her.
Guppys are a pain, i love having fry but they do seem to be harder to keep then some fish, my old guppy died last night (he was my pretty yellow snake skin with a huge tail), they always seem to be giving birth or dying, i'm tempted to replace them with platy.