I have a female blonde guppy who has been agitated for hours and looks as if she is giving birth to a lg. orange and red egg sac. she keeps trying to push it out but can't seem to do it. Its wierd, it is orange with red blood vessels around it (very faint) but I can't see any fry at all behind it. Could she be aborting early egg sacs? so strange!
Normally, Guppy fry are <email> and free swimming. If the female is suffering stress from being moved or from poor water quality, she will deliver her fry prematurely.
Hi John! Thanks so much for your reply, I know that guppies give birth to live fry, I've had many "litters" so to speak, but I have never seen anything like this before. I bought a new tank about 2 months ago so that I could have a tank exclusively for guppies. I started with 3 females and 2 males. Within a month I lost one of the females and then two weeks later one of the other females gave birth to 6 fry. Two weeks later we lost 2 more females and 1 male but the fry were doing very well and the remaining female seemed very healthy. I changed almost all of the water and the filter after the latest fatalities just in case there was something in the water, but the fry continue to thrive and grow like crazy. About a week ago I bought a new small male guppy so now we have 1 adult female and one adult male and 6 fry. Like I said in my previous post last night the adult femals started acting crazy and she looked as if she were in labor, she kept pushing a reddish orange mass out of her birthing channel. After hours of this I knicked the very bottom of the mass she was pushing out and this is what happened. I couldn't believe it, there must have been 30 eggs, but they weren't developed at all. At least I think they were eggs, I can't imagine what else they could have been. At first I thought it might be part of an air bladder but then some of the eggs fell down to the bottom of the breeder tank, perhaps you could shed some more light on the mystery. She is not doing very well today. I think all of the stress on her tiny body was too much. Please take a look at the photos and let me know what you think! Juls [Image upload failed]
I have heard of guppies delivering a sac of eggs and this is usuall after she has held them long past the time for expected births. It seems they can spontaniously abort the eggs like this. I guess this could also be done if a fish were stress and the eggs weren't individual fish yet.
From your pics, I reckon they look like eggs too. However there's no sign of fertility, she probably had to throw them for this reason??
I expect she will throw the whole sac off and will probably be a little fragile while she regains her strength. Take good care of her by feeding a bit of quality food like blood worm and some vegies too.
She's probably starting her next lot of babies while doing this, so keep her healthy!!
I would like to add that you said you changed almost all of the water and got a new filter, that would wreak the nitrogen cycle, as the new bacteria would not have had a chance to re-establish its self in the new filter, if you still have the old one transfer the sponge from the old one to the new one, if they don't fit, you could try running both filters,
I think what I have said is correct im sure some one will tell me if its wrong...
Jimmeh makes a great point about over cleaning. When you over clean a tank it will damage the cycle. This may have stressed the fish and caused the "miscarriage".
Never clean all your gravel, only vacume 1/3-1/2 at a time. Also only ever lighlyt rinse your filter pads or sponge in water that has been taken from the same tank. The gravel and the filter are the 2 places that most the beneficial bacteria live.
It may take some time recycle your tank, do you know your water parameters?
Thanks to all that replied so far, great advice! I do not know what the water peramiters are and I need to have the water tested. I had a problem with alge and bought a chinese alge eater and in two days it was amazing how much that little guy cleaned the tank! I am glad that you concur and think that this was an aborted batch of eggs and not something more serious. I really didn't think that she was going to make it, but she actually looked better this morning. Whatever the sac contained, it is completely off her body now. I was just so scared that it might be some nasty parasite that was going to infect the whole tank because I had never heard of this happening to a guppy! Thanks again! Juls
Strange this..in my life i have seen this first time really strange
make sure you take out those eggs they could get infected...
Sadly, she died over the weekend.
Im very sorry to hear about your loss.
It is harsh when we lose fish.
How many do you have left and are they fine?