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Old 04-12-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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breeding my guppies

i have 3 males and 3 females all in a 10 gallon together, i was wondering how to go about breeding them?

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Old 04-12-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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They do it all by themselves!! Im not sure about guppies but with mollies that would be too many males to female ratio.
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i have 3 males and 3 females all in a 10 gallon together, i was wondering how to go about breeding them?
Way to many males. You should only have 2 males for 3 females. Also with breeding get lots of bushy plants and raise the temp 1-4 degrees.
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It's harder to not breed guppies than it is to breed them. I started with two pairs and I've probably got a hundred and I've sold twice that many. Give them water and food and you'll have baby guppies soon. Floating or bushy plants will give the fry some hiding spots.
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:45 PM   #5
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i have 2 1/2 bunches of hornwort on top floating if that counts.lol
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i have 2 1/2 bunches of hornwort on top floating if that counts.lol
U might want to cut some of and put it into the gravel
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Hornwort will provide good cover.
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:22 PM   #8
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thats why i have it.
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I agree with the others, you should have a 3 females to everyone male.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:27 AM   #10
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They'll already be pregnant.

Floating plans work best for protecting guppy fry, definitely.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:59 PM   #11
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so, im in good shape, besides the numbers ratio for genders?
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Yes. The gender ratio isn't HUGELY important. It just means your females will be bothered quite constantly, while less males = theoretically an equal distribution of time the male spends pestering each, giving the others a break.
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well, how can i tell when theyre trying to breed? ive had them since sunday..
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Honestly, unless there is some bizarre situation here, your females will already be pregnant. Females can store sperm too, so a male could breed once and the female could have 3 sets of fry without having sex with the male again.

Your female guppies will be pregnant already. Look out for a black spot appearing where their belly meets their tail:

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As such. At best, babies in 21 days, most common is around 28 days though. Warmer temperatures, better food and water parameters will improve the overall pregnancy.
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Honestly, unless there is some bizarre situation here, your females will already be pregnant. Females can store sperm too, so a male could breed once and the female could have 3 sets of fry without having sex with the male again.

Your female guppies will be pregnant already. Look out for a black spot appearing where their belly meets their tail:

http://www.aquariumhobbyist.com/guppies/gravid.jpg

As such. At best, babies in 21 days, most common is around 28 days though. Warmer temperatures, better food and water parameters will improve the overall pregnancy.
The black spot is called a Gravid Spot.
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my one guppy has that.... it is pregnant.
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my one guppy has that.... it is pregnant.
Exactly
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In my 55 gal I have maybe 10 females, they're always pregnant and always have a gravid spot. Remember to not segregate any pregnancy ones too early. They serioulsy swell up, they're ready to give birth when they basically look like they're gonna pop.

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What has been said is mostly true. Warmer temps will shorten gestation time, and assuming clean water, will also result in faster growth rates. It will, however, result in shorter lifespans. guppies do well a normal room temps. I would never heat a guppy tank. Cooler temps result in higher dissolved oxygen, lower bacteria numbers, and longer lifespan.
Planting hornwort is a waste of time. It will not root and the bottoms will rot away. It is a great floating plant for livebearers and with it's fast growth rate is an excellent plant for removing nitrate from the water.
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My guppy gave birth Monday night and after most of the fish went on a feeding frenzy....seems all the big fish are bored with guppy babies on the menu, so now I have about 10 swimming in there and the other fish not even in the mood to go chasing after them.......for now
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