When Is My Guppy Going To Give Birth?


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I just got her yesterday and she looks squared off and ready to go, she's so big she can't even swim properly. I put her in a breeding box last night to no avail so I put her back into the main tank this morning. Is she bloated as well? The lady I got her from says she always fat. I just want to know when I'd be expecting fry. She's breathing fast, bowels is enlarged, black lines on her under belly, squared off. How long do I have to wait?
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Mine gave birth yesterday.

She'd already dropped about 20 at this point... (sorry the photo's so dark, didn't want to put lights on and stress her).

Yours could still have around a week to go... although she's big and boxy already.

I would avoid using the breeder box if possible, as it can stress mum and cause her to miscarry. It would be better if you have the box in the tank, then as soon as you see fry, net them into the box to keep them safe for a few days.
 

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Forgot pic, won't let me add on an edit.

Also meant to say: she ended up with 53, so when this pic was took, she was a little under halfway done.
 

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She just seems so big, and usually squaring off means a few days or hours. I got some top and front view pictures as well just to show you how squared off she is:
 

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These new pics look a lot bigger.

When I thought mine was ready to go, she was another three days, so, I'd say any time now for the next few days.
 

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She is very close. She is also fat so that can confuse things a bit. I don't use breeder boxes anymore as they stress out momma bad. When you can find a small aquarium and put lots of floating weeds in it. If you are paying attention there won't be many, if any losses. No guarantees but most birthing mothers don't go on a rampage and devour all their young during birthing. The other fish in a community tank are the real danger. They will follow her around and pick many of them off quickly.
 

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Accidentally put the flash on her, but caught her sitting on the bottom for a while. She does this for a few minutes then starts circling at the top. Her breathing is rapid and bowels is still enlarged.

 

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She is very close. She is also fat so that can confuse things a bit. I don't use breeder boxes anymore as they stress out momma bad. When you can find a small aquarium and put lots of floating weeds in it. If you are paying attention there won't be many, if any losses. No guarantees but most birthing mothers don't go on a rampage and devour all their young during birthing. The other fish in a community tank are the real danger. They will follow her around and pick many of them off quickly.
I have 20 fish in this tank including mollies, guppies and Platys, how much of a threat would they be?
 

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I would say she's getting close. She may be settling in ready for labour.

Keep lights off.

Other fish will eat the fry if they can, but you should still have survivors.
 

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I would say she's getting close. She may be settling in ready for labour.

Keep lights off.

Other fish will eat the fry if they can, but you should still have survivors.
I don't have a spare tank ready for her right now so I have her floating in a bigger Tupperware container rather than a breeding box so she has more space, some floating plants and an air stone. Is this an okay solution for tonight? She doesn't seem to be stressed and she's started shaking her body nose down to shake out fry it seems.
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Perfect.

Hopefully, you'll have fry very soon
Awesome, with each batch I have (I've only had 3) I seem to get more and more excited and put more and more effort in to saving the fry. The first time they came by surprise and I netted them in the morning, second time I caught my fish in the act and tried putting her in a breeding box but she didn't like it and third time was another surprise. So this time I'm going to try a birthing pool
 
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