To start out with I had 2 females 2 males. Then a local Fish lover offered me a deal I couldnt say no too. I now have 13females 5males.
Both of the 2 Females were pregnant when I got them and about ready to pop. With in a week one of them had 20+ fry. And just today the other one had 20+. I have 20+ week and half and 20+ hour old fry. I will be keeping this log to tell about how many I keep, color, M:F ratio, water temp all that stuff.5
To start with I have my tanks at 75-78 F
I am not breeding for show yet I am doing it to have fun and learn ( I will be breeding guppies that you could probably put in some shows but not 1st place winners)
I will be posting pics as I take them (Along with DIYS on things I put in my Tanks)
I'm not good with guppy genetics but have been breeding them for almost two years now. I have noticed u get a lot of the parents colors for majority of the babies, some get 'throwback' colors and others are totally new colors. Mixtures of your parents are even common. I had a leapord print come out in one of my lots an have never owned a leapord print. Others just got the leapord on the top fin.
Hope this helps and I'll be following u too. Keeping the breeding nets cycled well are my biggest job for them. Your idea could help me make this process a lot more simple. Thnx
I have 2 tanks that are heated one is a 25g tub that is my "guppy pond" it has females and some males in its. This tank is also a plant grow tank.
Then I have one 10g breeder tank this has my fry in it along with 4 females and one male. I will be starting a 20 or 50g grow out tub later when I have the time.
I will be culling the fry by selling them to my LFS (inless they have something wrong with them)
The other guppies have a bad habit of following the pregnant one as she gives birth and eating the fry as they pop out. Their own mum will even do it. I usually lose at least 5 fry due to the mother eating them during the birthing.
I've included a pic of an excellent pregnancy container to let them give birth in. It has a separater to allow the babies to escape to safety. I also add a tiny fake plant to give them a better chance. was about $10 at LFS
You can do as u please really. I've left them in the tank alone, with others, in breeding nets, their own water, néw water, ive even been desperate and put them in a coffee cup just for while they have the fry then take straight back out. (6 mums popped on the same day)
They are the hardiest fish I've ever had. They survive all conditions, even cold water. (I have some I caught from a cold water channel)
Long of short. If u separate the mum from the others, high survival rate for the fry. Leave them with the others and u will probably lose most, if not all of your fry.
I have a plan to use a DIY tank divider, made out of knitting plastic mesh (that white grated stuff) and a pair of pantyhose ^^ that way I can have the female on one side and let her give birth, and then take her out when she's done, and the babies can be fed along with the adults ^^
Lavender, Lilac, Maroon...Iris, Clover, Grape...Shequeria(light), Nina, Jolette, Chu(kiss), Kiki, Yuuki(snow), Ai(name of hell girl), Aisue(ice), Mutasaki(purple). I have more! The ones with parenthesis are Japanese words and their translations. My personal favorite is yuuki, pronounced you•ki, but the 'ki' sounds almost like 'keh' and it's just so cute! ^^