Worried guppy fry aren't eating.

Discussion in 'Breeding Fish' started by Jowenbra, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. JowenbraValued MemberMember

    I have 6 guppy fry in a breeder net. They were born sometime yesterday and I've been giving them first bites fry food. I haven't seen them eat it, and theres always food still on the surface when I go back to check. I'm just worried about them. Is it normal to not see them eat? Would they have even survived this long if they haven't been eating? Params are 0 ammonia 0 nitrites and 5 nitrates, so it's not the water quality.
  2. LJC6780Well Known MemberMember

    Not sure. I've just had my first fry yesterday. There are currently around 20 in the tank. I have fed the ground krill powder "fry starter" and live baby brine shrimp. They have darted around for food both times. They are also swimming around near the bottom checking out the tank. I have them in a 20 gallon with my 3 pregnant guppies. Not sure which one(s) are the mothers so far ... they all still look pregnant!
  3. JowenbraValued MemberMember

    The other guppies will eat the fry. I'd separate them if I were you. But if yours were also born yesterday we should get them together for a playdate! Lol
  4. SabrinaBrookWell Known MemberMember

    Hi Jowenbra,
    I have had 3 batches of guppy fry and i would say to you not to worry in the first few days or so if they are eating. As long as your food for them is ground very tiny then be sure that they will eat when they are ready and mostly they will pick on the bottom of the tank/net once the food has fell down there. I have always fed mine Nutrafin Max Baby fish formula which is ground up tiny fish food. Don't stress to much, they will eat if the food is small enough for them :)
  5. LJC6780Well Known MemberMember

    Yes ... a few have been eaten but I'm not too worried about it as they seem to be leaving them alone now. I've also added more plants around so they have more hiding places. With 3 pregnant guppies I'm doing a bit of "let nature take its course" along with separating them into their own guppy tank of just mothers and fry. I have them in a 20 gal and will house them there until large enough to sell or give away. I don't have room to keep them ALL! Lol
  6. AsterWell Known MemberMember

    Guppy fry can survive on their yolk sac for a few days after birth, especially if they are born prematurely. Don't worry too much about it, the appetite will come :)

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