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Old 11-05-2009, 03:12 AM   #1
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guppy fry still havent got any colour?

hi everyone,

I have around 25 guppy fry that are 10 weeks old and non of them have any colour. Some of them have black on them and most have nothing. I read that they start getting there colour at 4-5 weeks. is it strange that they still havent got there colours?

if it helps there mother was black and yellow.. no idea on the male.

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Could be that you have all females. I had a batch once that was mostly females, and 2 males. What are you feeding them?
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:00 AM   #3
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even if they were all females they'd still get colour? or do females develop slower than males? i'm feeding them crushed up flake food and diced bloodworms.

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Old 11-05-2009, 09:16 AM   #4
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They should have color by now, what did the mom look like or dad? sounds like you have some wild types aka feeders to some just due to coloration, frankly I got over 1k guppies and each one is nice looking in their own right.

Its taken me almost 5 months to get a full color female. Most mine now are silver
(platinum bodies) with either half black or bloodfin blonde in them. Some of mine arent but going to be 3 weeks old and are in full color.
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:38 AM   #5
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When I was breeding my Tequila Sunrise guppies I could tell males from females after about a month. They were only half inch big at the time. The males would turn yellow after about a month and then I would separate them by sex. The other guppies I bred (not sure of the name) were harder to tell but after a month I could tell males from females by their tails.

Good point on being feeders, it is possible you have some and they will just be plainly colored. Either way I think you will be able to sex them in a few weeks.
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thanks whitedevil and meegosh.. i think there feeder guppies aswell. But not too sure.. i rescued them from dying in a vase from a housemate and was hoping to give them away or take to a shop when they got there colours (claim my tank back :P). I'm not sure what the male looked like but the female was yellow with black spots. Even if they were feeder's, would they have colourings like there mother by now?
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ops sorry whitedevil, i must have missed the bit were you said its taken 5 months for your females. Thanks but i hope they dont take that long haha
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i actually ended up with an albino feeder guppy, he's bigger and better looking than the rest of the fish...but, i'm beginning to hate my guppies, ive got over 200 in a 55, and its getting really irritating.
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5 months of drops close to 8 months of breeding a specific pair.


Dont feel bad LBC, I got over 700 fry in a 40g tank, I am adopting 3 angels, two babies 1 juve to grow out in that tank to cut my numbers down, I sold over 100 last week and still have that many, ac50/i30 and ac20 on the tank, water quality is perfect.

The new once I had last weekend are already getting color in the tails and pectoral fins.
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