Originally Posted by Richie Ealea
I have had my male and two female guppies for 17 days now . I believe one was already pregnant . This means I don't know how long she has had then in the oven ! She looks absolutely huge but I don't know when to put her in the breeder . This whole squaring off business is driving me crazy . I can't see it being that obvious ? Pleaseeee help me ! Lol . Thanks . X
You don't have to move the female. If you've prepared your tank for Livebearing fish, like Guppies, then moving them isn't needed. I've kept Livebearers for several years and haven't moved any fish. It's stressful for you and the fish. You can easily injure the fish and then you've lost it and the fry.
Keep the tank water pure with large, weekly water changes. Heavily plant the tank with Hornwort, Pennywort and Common water weed (Anacharis). Just drop as many of the stems into the tank as possible. The plants provide privacy for the female and hiding places for the fry. These plants grow without planting them. So, you don't disturb the tank. Add a bit of standard aquarium salt to every 5 gallons of treated, water change water. A teaspoon or a bit more is enough. I believe that's 6 or 7 milliliters for you guys across the pond. Make the new water a bit warmer than what's already in the tank, about 80 degrees F. or 26.7 C.
Feed a good diet with mostly frozen foods and feed often. Well fed adult fish aren't likely to bother the fry.
That's how I take care of my Livebearers.