Confusing guppy pregnancy

SamanthaJane

Hi
My guppy gave birth a 3 days ago, it's her first pregnancy. She gave birth to 5 live guppies and the rest were empty yellow eggs.
The fry are now in a separate tank and the guppy is back in the community tank with her male partner after giving birth.
However! A few days after the pregnancy I noticed her gravid spot got much bigger and darker (after giving birth it became brownish transparent). Is she pregnant again or does she still have a few babies she didn't give birth to?? The male keeps chasing her and obviously causing stress so I isolated her in a breeder box in the community tank.

She does have a slight belly
Should i prepare another seperate tank for her? Will she give birth again?
 

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A female guppy's gravid spot can darken quite quickly within a few days after birth, which is just the next pregnancy and is totally normal. She is not large at all and definitely not squared off, so she certainly will not be giving birth again until the end of this new pregnancy.
 
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SamanthaJane

A female guppy's gravid spot can darken quite quickly within a few days after birth, which is just the next pregnancy and is totally normal. She is not large at all and definitely not squared off, so she certainly will not be giving birth again until the end of this new pregnancy.
Thank you! I'll release her from her lil cage then.
 
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Gone

In my experience those breeder boxes do more harm than good. They stress out the fish. Besides being in a cramped space, all the other fish are constantly picking at the box, and your female has nowhere to hide.

Males constantly chasing females is a sign of healthy guppies. Don't worry when they chase, worry when they stop. Females are bigger than males usually, so they can hold their own. It only becomes a problem when males outnumber females and the males gang up on them.

I've had females that dropped fry, then dropped more a week later. They can delay the drop, or even absorb the fry. Also, once a female has been hit she can continue to drop fry every month or so even if she hasn't been hit again by a male.
 
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SamanthaJane

In my experience those breeder boxes do more harm than good. They stress out the fish. Besides being in a cramped space, all the other fish are constantly picking at the box, and your female has nowhere to hide.

Males constantly chasing females is a sign of healthy guppies. Don't worry when they chase, worry when they stop. Females are bigger than males usually, so they can hold their own. It only becomes a problem when males outnumber females and the males gang up on them.

I've had females that dropped fry, then dropped more a week later. They can delay the drop, or even absorb the fry. Also, once a female has been hit she can continue to drop fry every month or so even if she hasn't been hit again by a male.
Thank you so much!!
I'm planning on keeping what I have of fry in a container and transfer the female guppy to her original 7 gallon tank where she can give birth now or later! What do you think? And will fry live in a container(not a filtered tank)

Thank you!!
 
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Gone

Thank you so much!!
I'm planning on keeping what I have of fry in a container and transfer the female guppy to her original 7 gallon tank where she can give birth now or later! What do you think? And will fry live in a container(not a filtered tank)

Thank you!!

I think it's a good idea to put her back to the 7G. That's a good size to breed and let her drop fry.

I know breeders who raise fry in gallon jars without filters, but you need to keep a close eye on toxin levels and do lots of partial water changes. The most important thing a filter does is process ammonia into less toxic nitrate. It takes a matter of weeks for a new filter to cycle so the beneficial bacteria can colonize in the filter media. If you don't have any filter, and don't take steps to remove the toxins like ammonia and nitrite, they will build up and poison your fish.
 
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SamanthaJane

I think it's a good idea to put her back to the 7G. That's a good size to breed and let her drop fry.

I know breeders who raise fry in gallon jars without filters, but you need to keep a close eye on toxin levels and do lots of partial water changes. The most important thing a filter does is process ammonia into less toxic nitrate. It takes a matter of weeks for a new filter to cycle so the beneficial bacteria can colonize in the filter media. If you don't have any filter, and don't take steps to remove the toxins like ammonia and nitrite, they will build up and poison your fish.
Hello thank you for your reply. I wouldn't mind putting my little filter in the guppy tank. But it's flow is very strong and I'm worried one of them might get sucked up in the filter.
I will do as you suggested and keep an eye on toxins, with water changes every other day.
Thank you!!
 
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