Guppy laying at bottom of tank

aamaral98

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I have 3 guppies total. 2 male and 1 female. I hadn't seen the female for a while then finally found her laying the gravel at the bottom behind a decoration. I thought maybe she's pregnant and giving birth. Since I've seen some fry but she's still at the bottom and has been for a while. I've done water changes normally and recently installed a 2 in 1 uv sterilizer with an air pump because I had a big algae bloom. It seems almost as if she can't move from the gravel. But she's been alive a few weeks while having this behavior and has already given birth
What could be wrong? Should I separate the males? I have a 20 gallon set up because I had to separate my mollies there is one male molly and 3 cory cats in this tank. Would the male guppies be okay joining this tank if that's the case? Also all parameters are normal. Thanks in advance
 
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aamaral98

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She also looks like she's breathing fast and has maybe dug slightly in the gravel to make herself a "bed" looking area for a lack of better words
 

Itserikkaaa

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I'm not exactly sure what could be wrong. But I know when they lay on the ground they are either giving birth or stressed out or both. So if she already gave birth than she is probably very stressed out. They say to have more females than males so maybe she is just being harassed too much and is trying to hide? Male guppies are relentless so that could be the problem. I had too many males at one point and all of my females got extremely stressed out.
 

RayClem

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Live birth is stressful for mothers. Also, having one female and two males is a really bad idea. The males will constantly harass the female. It is better to have 2-3 females for every male. Ether remove the male until the female recovers, or you might try adding another couple of females to disperse the male aggression.
 
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aamaral98

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Itserikkaaa said:
I'm not exactly sure what could be wrong. But I know when they lay on the ground they are either giving birth or stressed out or both. So if she already gave birth than she is probably very stressed out. They say to have more females than males so maybe she is just being harassed too much and is trying to hide? Male guppies are relentless so that could be the problem. I had too many males at one point and all of my females got extremely stressed out.
Thank you.. I figured that might be the case. I learned the hard way with the mollies and didn't realize guppies were the same at the time. These fish are killing me lol
 

Mikedick77

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Agree with the posters above. 2:1 females to males is preferred, 3:1 is ideal. That harassment can kill the female. I'd isolate personally. Fix the ratio when you can.
 
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aamaral98

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RayClem said:
Live birth is stressful for mothers. Also, having one female and two males is a really bad idea. The males will constantly harass the female. It is better to have 2-3 females for every male. Ether remove the male until the female recovers, or you might try adding another couple of females to disperse the male aggression.
I have another tank with 1 male molly and 3 cory cats. This was set up originally to separate the female and male mollies. Do you think the 2 male guppies would be an okay addition to that tank?
 

Mikedick77

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That'd probably be fine.
 

Itserikkaaa

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aamaral98 said:
Thank you.. I figured that might be the case. I learned the hard way with the mollies and didn't realize guppies were the same at the time. These fish are killing me lol
Yeahhh I understand. Haha. I've learned the hard way with a lot of things. These guppies drive me insane! If you wanted, depending on the size of your tank, you could maybe a couple more females, or even one more and move one of the males, or jus move both males haha. I'm not suer sure about how they would do with the other fish because I haven't ever had them, so hopefully someone else can help with that. I have 4 females and one male guppy and that guy never leaves them alone, like ever. I would say doing something to even out the harassment is your best bet! I also at one point only had 4 males because i didn't want fry, and they all ended up killing each other. whoever said guppies were peaceful were liars.
 

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