breeding guppies ????

Discussion in 'Guppy' started by phil saint, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. phil saint

    phil saintValued MemberMember

    my wife is dying to get her guppies to breed, has anyone got any advice on what i can do to help the gups along ?
  2. platy ben

    platy benWell Known MemberMember

    Just keep them happy and have 1 male to every 3 females is best, once the female is pregnant she will release live babie after about a month :)
  3. Shawnie

    ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    small water change with a drop or raise 1-2 degrees in temps...feed some extra proteins like frozen thawed blood worms...and wait 28-31 days...thats their gestation period ;)although boys and girls in a tank, and patience does the trick for most livebearers

  4. OP
    phil saint

    phil saintValued MemberMember

    already feeding variety of flake and frozen food we will try raising the water temp to 26c thanks.

  5. jdhef

    jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    A little wine and soft music can't hurt!
  6. iloveengl

    iloveenglWell Known MemberMember

    :;rl jdhef :giggle:

    There's a bit of a concern with your male to female ratio. If too many males per female, then the females can become too stressed to carry to term. The ratio stated earlier is great advice. Shawnie's tips should do the trick, otherwise!

    Oh, um, and I suppose you could try some Barry White. :rolleyes:
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2009
  7. Gouramiguy17

    Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

    It's not can you do to get them to breed, it's what you can't do, you can have just females and the will still have babies
  8. BiddNew MemberMember

    I think it's when the Guppies get comfortable in their new tank. Once breeding starts the female will give birth again in 4 weeks, then again in another 4 weeks, then again in another 4 weeks. Then it's trying to decide, who is Mom & who is Dad, which generation is which, keeping males & female tanks....Yes I have had a LOT of Guppies.

    Now the new fry are food for my Angelfish :(
  9. MNfishMamaNew MemberMember

    I just got some guppies (1M/3F) about a week ago and also can't wait for fry! I'm hoping all the females were already preggers when I bought them because sales person and I both saw the gravid spot on all of them. Good luck!
  10. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

  11. BiddNew MemberMember

    Thanks Acquarist for the link:)

    I started this hobby back in June of this year. Among other fish I started with 5 Guppies. Of the Guppies I have just 2 left, I female and 1 male. I am on my 3rd generation with this pair:;hug2

    Re the Breeder Box v the Breeder Net. I found the Net much better. The "idea" of the box is good but it doesn't work. I found the female panicked-the first time I put her in she actually jumped out (how I don't know) The second time she was panicked too and when she did give birth the fry were able to get through the slats in the box. Not good!

    I gave up on the box and settled on the net. I keep an eye on her when she is due to give birth. Her behavior changes-she wants to be on her own. She obviously gets much bigger and "boxy' looking if you look at her straight on. Then obviously her gravid spot is much bigger too.

    When the fry are born-I haven't actually seen this happen yet-they swim to the top. Some are fry are stronger than others and can get there quicker. Some it could take nearly 24 hours for them to get to the top.

    I don't wait for this to happen though because the female has eaten the fry. I found the best and easier way to "fish" them out of the tank and into the net box is to use a tea strainer!! Strange I know but it works for me :)

    The first two births she hadn't a big brood-about 5 each time. The last brood there must have been more than 30/40 of which I think I have about 30 left. All three generations are now in the same tank together (I need to divide them soon so again thanks for the link) the youngest are 4 weeks old.

    I put the Mom & Dad into my main 180 L tank. It took them about 2 weeks to get used to it but are now very happy :;hug2
  12. speed0factory

    speed0factoryValued MemberMember

    Hi welcome to fish lore, and me too going to breed guppies too. And this is what i found in the web, and it is advised to have both the same color of male and female, in order to have the best result.

    Below are the steps:

    up a basic tropical fish tank, using a rectangle acrylic or glass fish tank that can hold at least 10 gallons of water. Assemble your heater and keep it between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Assemble an oxygen pump as well. Let your fish tank cycle for several weeks until you add your guppies. Enrich your water and make it healthier by adding manufactured bacteria from your local fish store.

    Step 2
    Purchase and add to your tank two or three female adult guppies and one male guppy. The number of females should always outnumber the number of males because the males are going to chase after them and could wear them out if there are not enough for the males to alternate between. Choose wisely-these fish are going to mate and mate often, and you want their babies to be attractive. You may opt to purchase half of your fish stock from a different pet store to discourage inbreeding. Guppies who are inbred are more susceptible to genetic disorders and diseases.

    Step 3
    Feed your fish a pinch of veggie flakes or protein once or twice a day. Do not allow your water to become cloudy. Clean it regularly as you would any other fish tank. If one fish shows signs of disease, remove it from the aquarium and treat it in another "hospital" tank.

    Step 4
    Let nature take its course. The male guppy is going to chase the female guppies. The guppies are going to mate. The females are going to become pregnant. They will stay pregnant for about a month. Their stomachs will grow, obviously. Their gravid spot-the black spot near their abdomens -will grow. Around the time they are due to pop, you will see little pairs of baby guppy eyes through their spot, and their abdomens will appear boxy.

    Step 5
    Set up several plastic "grass" plants in your tank before the babies are born. They can be rooted into the gravel on the bottom of the tank or placed to float on the surface. Either way, they are going to serve as shelters for the babies. Guppies are livebearers. They give birth to fry rather than hatch eggs. They also have no maternal instincts-they eat their young.

    Step 6
    Watch as your baby guppies appear out of the blue one day. Out of the dozens of guppy babies that each female is going to produce, only a handful will survive. It's Guppy Darwinism. Accept this.

    Step 7
    Feed your baby guppies a pinch of finely-crushed veggie flakes, bloodworms or shrimp at least twice a day. The pieces must be small enough to fit in their little mouths. They also enjoy crushed egg yolks, although this will make your water dirty.

    Step 8
    Enjoy watching your babies develop. They will show their colors and markings after about 1-2 months. They will be able to breed themselves after they are about four months old.

    hope this helps:;toast and please do take some photos when the fry is out haha.
  13. OP
    phil saint

    phil saintValued MemberMember

    well its been 2 days since i asked the question and in that time one of my females bellys has swollen to twice the size and im sure i can see lots of little black dots in the tummy, im going to get a pic posted soon as i can, iv only got 1 male in the tank now as they were starting to get nippy, so its 1 male to 2 females.

    thanks for the help.

    Last edited: Dec 10, 2009
  14. OP
    phil saint

    phil saintValued MemberMember

    so fat she looks spikey haha anyone have an idea of how long before i have fry ? and when should i put her in the breeder box ?

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    Last edited: Dec 10, 2009
  15. titusxander

    titusxanderValued MemberMember

    Isn't she pine-coning?
  16. OP
    phil saint

    phil saintValued MemberMember

    whats pine coning ? haha. her scales are spiking out if thats what you mean ?
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2009
  17. platy ben

    platy benWell Known MemberMember

    Uh-Oh, theres a chance she isnt pregnant, she is pine-coning which is often a sign of dropsy I believe, although she may be pregnant she looks ill in my opinion :(
  18. OP
    phil saint

    phil saintValued MemberMember

    ah great news :( what can i do for her if she is ill and can my other fish catch it ?
  19. titusxander

    titusxanderValued MemberMember

    not wanting to be the bearer of bad news, but if it is dropsy, there really isn't much you can do.
  20. platy ben

    platy benWell Known MemberMember

    To be honest I personally have never had dropsy in any of my tanks but I believe that pine coning is a sign of it. I think you can buy treatment and yes I think it is contagious :(
    However I am not sure of this so hopefully a member with more experience on dropsy will come along .

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