Guppy Hiding Behind Filter

stacey_evans96

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Could anyone tell me why my female guppy is hiding behind my filter? She's been doing it for the past 2 days on and off?
 

fjh

Member
HI and welcome to fishlore!

To give you the most accurate answer, we need a bit more information.
1) could you post a picture?
2) what are your ammonia/nitrite/nitrate levels (if you know them)
3) how long has the tank been set up, how do you do water changes, and do you use dechlorinator, etc?
4) what tank mates does your guppy have?
5) is she pregnant?
6) have you recently added any new fish, had any fish deaths, or have diseases in the tank?
7) any other information you can think of or is unusual would be helpful
 

OnTheFly

Member
Not normal so she's very pregnant, stressed or sick.
 
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stacey_evans96

Member
My tanks been set up for 2 weeks and I bought my fish a week ago, I waited a week for the water to circulate around the tank. I used de-chlorinator also. I've got 3 guppies ( 1 male, 2 female), 3 neon tetras, 2 platys, 2 sucker fish and 1 molly, my other molly died before giving birth yesterday afternoon. I haven't done a water check.
 

AllieSten

Member
So it appears that you don't know about the nitrogen cycle then. You are going to have some work to do then.

The very first thing you need to do is a 60% water change. I suspect there is a build up of toxins in your tank.

Your fish produce waste. This waste builds up as a product called ammonia in your tank. Rotting/old fish food also turns into waste/Ammonia. This will build up in the tank pretty quickly and will injure your fish. So it is very important to do 50% water changes at the very least once a week. In a tank that hasn't had its nitrogen cycle addressed, more like 50% every other day. You need to be sure that you are vacuuming the tank very well. Get the as much waste out of the tank as you can. Move your decorations, get under everything.

Make sure you dechlorinate your water before you add it back into the tank. Do not clean your filter at all. Do not change your filter pad. This is very important. You can rinse it gently in old tank water, but that is about it.

Now onto the nitrogen cycle.

The waste (Ammonia) in your tank is food for good bacteria. This good bacteria will eat the ammonia, which is very toxic, and convert it into a slightly less toxic form called nitrites. Then a second bacteria will eat the nitrites and convert it into an even less toxic form called nitrates. This whole process is called the nitrogen cycle. It takes time and coaching to get your tank to complete the nitrogen cycle.

You will need a good dechlorinator for sure. I always recommend Seachem Prime because it does several things. It dechlorinated the water, and will detoxify ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates in the tank. Protecting your fish. It also adds a stress coat that also protects your fish. The second product you will need is a bottled bacteria. If you are going to use Seachem Prime, the one product I don't usually recommend is Tetra Safe Start. Prime & TSS don't play nice together. I would recommend API quick start, Seachem Stability, or Dr Tim's one & only. They are all great products.

You also will need a way to test your tank water parameters. The kit we use most often here is the API Freshwater Master Test Kit (liquid) if you want to use test strips the API brand is garbage. Highly inaccurate. I just recently heard the Tetra 5 in 1 test strips are pretty accurate, but you will need to buy an additional ammonia test kit. You can get the full API kit on Amazon for $20 and I strongly urge you to get that one.

Once you have all these pieces in place we can help you get your tank cycled. This means that the beneficial bacteria will eat all the ammonia and nitrites in your tank, leaving the tank less toxic. You will have nitrates in your tank, but you can remove those with maintenance water changes. Very easy to manage once you have your good bacteria in place.

Welcome to Fishlore. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions you have. I know that it is a lot of information thrown at you all at once. We are all here to help. Again Welcome.
 
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stacey_evans96

Member
Platys * autocorrect

Thank you very much, I'll do it today.
 

Susan K

Member
My guppy is doing the same thing. I had 3 female guppies a week ago. 1 gave birth - and now I have 7 babies in a separate tank. A day or so after, that guppy died. Then, another died. Now the last one is doing the same thing as the pregnant one that died did....she is leaving "gunk" all over the bottom of the tank. There is a long squiggly thing hanging from her, that is sorta clear, and doesn't look like poop. This is what happened the day my other guppy gave birth. She had a very red spot where the babies come out. She looked fatter yesterday, but not so much today. I'm waiting to see what happens. I have changed the water completely once already, when the babies were born, after I learned they could eat them - I separated them.....I put them in several bowls until I got another tank the next day - and I think moving the adult around too much, may have stressed the others out, and died. The 7 baby guppies are doing well, in a 3 gallon tank - and are eating, and seem a lot healthier than anything I bought at the pet store. From now on - I am only buying MALES!

Here is a picture of what is hanging out of my female guppy. Like I said, the last one that gave birth - had this same thing happen, right before.
Can someone confirm is she is likely pregnant, or not?
 

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Susan K

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This is the "gunk" that is on the bottom, and some was floating on the top yesterday. It is see-through - with a jelly fish like, but shredded appearance. It's like waste....do guppies have like a "pre-birth" material that comes out? The other fish did the same thing, but it happened much faster - all in about 4 hours. This started 2 days ago. You can see the stuff lightly above the gravel in the photo....
 

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Susan K

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Here are the baby guppies, that resulted. They are about 5 days old now. They are on the bottom left of the photo.
 

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Susan K

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Susan K said:
Here is a picture of what is hanging out of my female guppy. Like I said, the last one that gave birth - had this same thing happen, right before.
Can someone confirm is she is likely pregnant, or not?
Sadly, my guppy died overnight.....I think she miscarried, or maybe the water was not right.
 

Caitlin86

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Susan K said:
Sadly, my guppy died overnight.....I think she miscarried, or maybe the water was not right.
Try making another thread so urs and the OPs don't get intertwined.
 
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