Thank you very much for identifying this guppy type. I got them from a a guy and I have been selectively breeding them for more color but I didn't know what they were.This is a female dragon guppy.
If a female guppy has got a gestation period of 6+ weeks, she may hold the pregnancy. This happens a lot when she's not feeling comfortable enough to drop her fry when she's suppose to be due. In case, no change of comfort may happen, she'll most likely absorb the embryos (or at a later stage the "fry"). This absorption does occur with more species of ovoviviparous livebearers and won't harm the female.
I'll do an extra water change like you suggested and feed a good amount of baby brine and see what happens. Thank you and Emeraldking for your help. I'm new to breeding guppies, only 5 months in now and I have a lot to learn still.Again, just wait... they will come!
A more frequent water change (no too much water... just about 25-30% should be enough) may trigger them to start the reproduction. For that would simulate the rainfall in free nature which is often a trigger for them to reproduce.
Lol ok. Thank you. I'll do the water change then leave her alone. Thanks again!A more frequent water change (no too much water... just about 25-30% should be enough) may trigger them to start the reproduction. For that would simulate the rainfall in free nature which is often a trigger for them to reproduce.
But patience is "key"... Sometimes when you just stop bothering about them, some beautiful things may happen. Et voila! Offspring...!
You're right about having a shorter lifespan when kept at higher rates. It's true that embryos and fry will develop faster at higher rates but it does result in a shorter lifespan. I myself am breeding guppies ever since the 1970's and I do keep them at lower rates. And they do well. Also reproduction isn't an issue. Guppies which grow up at a lower pace and at lower temperatures will be healthier and stronger in comparison to deliberately fast growers. Commercial guppies are generally raised with a fast growth pace at higher rates. This is one of the reasons why they are a bit more vulnerable. And in that case, it's preferable to keep them at somewhat higher rates to keep them in the same condition as they already were.Thank you so much skayell. The only reason I don't keep them at 80 is because it shortnes their lifespan by a few months. But, as a registered nurse, I'm in favor of research papers and will raise slowly to 79 and see how that goes for her. I don't know my exact GH, but I do know that my water is moderately hard and my guppies seem to do well in my tank. I have had guppies for about 5 months now and I have around 70 of them and I've only had 2 deaths in those months so they seem to like my water. I'll let you guys know how things go with her.