Originally Posted by Kristie_denine
My guppy has been looking close to popping for 2 1/2 weeks! She's been pregnant now for about 5. I change the water 50% every day but I just started doing that two nights ago. Lately she's been secluding herself but I think the tank is too small for her to really get away from everyone in the tank. In considering taking the males out because the keep bothering her.
How can I help my fish. I don't want her to die pregnant. Also I have two other females pregnant and they have been pregnant for 29 days now.
Female livebearing fish can hold their fry until they feel conditions are right. You simply need to prepare the tank in a way that makes the female feel comfortable. 50 percent water changes only need to be done weekly for small tanks and every 2 for larger ones. Livebearers need a lot of floating plants for privacy. Drop stems of Hornwort into the tank. The more the better. The plant keeps the tank water clean and hides the fry. When you change the water, make it a bit warmer. I do my water changes with 80 degree water. The flush of warm water will encourage the female to drop.
Livebearing fish prefer a bit of standard aquarium salt in their water. A teaspoon or a touch more in every 5 gallons of replacement water calms the fish during this stressful time.
Feed a variety of frozen, freeze dried and a little flaked food and feed a little more often. It's been my experience with livebearers, that the adults won't bother the fry if they're well fed.