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4 years ago#1
Pippikins
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my female guppy is near death. She's huge with babies I think. I did a 50% water change yesterday because one of my platys looked to have a bad fugal issue and treatment was helping. She looked like an Ethiopian platy. The Platy was dead this morning. I didn't do anything different from any other water change. The guppy was floating, couldn't see gill movement but her mouth is moving. My guppies have been getting huge like they're pregnant but I haven't been getting any babies for awhile now. I have the guppy in an open jar right now. Are the babies stuck, or is it from stress from the water change?

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4 years ago#2
johnarthur
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Have you checked the water for the presence of ammonia or nitrite, and do you use a water conditioner to treat replacement water? Is the water temperature consistent? If all of those factors are good, the fish could be bloated from an internal parasite.

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4 years ago#3
Sharon
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Hi there

I have 3 guppies, and they all have huge square like bellies. I could see lots of tiny black dots inside where the gravid spots of those 3 guppies. But this morning one guppy keeps hiding under the rock. why? And what can I do to make them have their fry before they end up sick or getting ich from my other platy pregnant fish?

Please help!!!

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4 years ago#4
Breesta20
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She is most likely hiding like that because she is ready to give birth. Guppies are live bearers and the parents are baby eaters. They won't hesitate to eat there young. Now, when you say your other pregnant platy with ich, is that the platy that just died??

I would suggest making some hiding places in the tank like caves and lots of plants(fake or live) so when the fry are born. they have somewhere to hide away from hungry parents. Also, there are treatments you can get for ich. If you are 100% sure the platy had ich than it will still be in the tank and will most likely soon effect the other fish aswell. If you are going to use ich treatment in the tank i would suggest only using HALF the reccomended dose at a time as the fish are pregnant and if any fry are born into the tank, a full dose of treatment might kill them

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4 years ago#5
Sharon
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Thank Breesta20.

I have coral, sea shells and rocks formed like small cave. But I don't have any real or fake floating plants. Will it do to my fry if my fish give birth.

Now 2 pregnant guppies stay in the corner of the tank. one ontop the other one. Why is that?


Thank again for your advised.

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4 years ago#6
Breesta20
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First of all, i wouldnt suggest having shells or coral pieces in a fresh water tank as they raise the PH. Lever them in the tank for now, but, after your current problem is sorted i would look at taking the shells out of the tank.
Have you got any small jars or ornaments, or anything like that? If you do, you could use them in your tank to create more hiding places. If you are going to do this, whatever you put in the tank, make sure you wash it thoroughly!!
Your fish will need these hiding places when they are giving birth to make them feel more secure and to keep the other fish from harrassing them while they are giving birth.
Also, have you got a tank light and is the room the tank in very bright? If so, turn the tank light off and make the room the tank is in darker. This will also reduce the stress of your fish. The two pregnant females might be hiding together like that to feel more safe...

What were the first signs that you had an Ich problem in your tank??

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4 years ago#7
Sharon
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Hi again,

1 of my female swordtail and a widow fish got tiny white spots on their tails from last week. So I took them out into a 1L container and treated them with API Pimafix. Because I have no other fish's medecine at home.

I treated them for 3 days only and since than I have my new fish this Saturday. I put that swordtail fish back inside together with my new fish (because she had no more white spot).

I think that is where the problem from. So what can I do now?

But my coral and sea shells I used them for many years now (may be nearly 9 years) from my goldfish tank. So now I used them for this breeding tank (tank 2)which is only for livebearers fish only.

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4 years ago#8
Breesta20
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Because ich is a parasite, it is contagious. Those white spots that you saw on your fish also live in the water, substrate, and anywhere else in the tank and aren't visible to the naked eye. So, you may just as well, still have ich in your tank.
I would go to your local pet shop and ask them for an ich treatment. An use HALF the recommended dose at a time because of your pregnant fish. And repeat the course 2-4 times. Depending on what the bottle says. If you have a heater in your tank, i would also increase the temperature of your water SLOWLY over the next few days. The temp rise will speed up the parasites life cycle which means the treatment you are using will work quicker.

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4 years ago#9
Breesta20
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I would increase the temp to 30 degrees. No more than that. You have to do it slowly though or you will stress the fish out. The temperature rise should also speed up the birth of the guppies. If you don't have a heater, that is okay. Just go get the treatment, make sure you have lots of hiding places for when your fry are born, keep your water at a good quality(fry need nice clean water) and your fish should be okay.

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4 years ago#10
Sharon
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Thank you I will do that. May be I will also take out my coral and sea shells out too and replaced with small jars.

I will let you know what happen after that.

Thank again you are my angel.

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4 years ago#11
Breesta20
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You don't have to take the shell's out straight away. Just keep in mind that over time they will mess with your water chemistry.

I hope i have helped you. Good Luck

P.S. Let me know what happens with your fish and if you get any babies

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4 years ago#12
Sharen
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Sure i will and can't wait to see them give birth.

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4 years ago#13
Pippikins
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thank you for the advice. unfortunately the guppy died less than 5mins later. I had treated for ick and fungus. the ick treatment was the only thing that seemed to help clear up the guppies and the fugal treatment seemed to make things worse. I gave the remainder all salt baths. In the last few days I have set up a 20 tall with an eclipse filter and have gotten some white clouds and a dadio(looks like an odd spotted danio to me) and a rubber nose pleco. The remaining platies and guppies are doing great. Now the only issue I have is rarely ever seeing my pleco... he's very shy. For in the future what would I do in the case of internal parasites?

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4 years ago#14
Breesta20
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I'm sorry to hear that

Mine hides all the time. I rarely see him. They don't swim around all the time because there a 'sucker fish' so they are usually attached to an ornament or the side og the glass feeding.

I don't know a great deal about internal parasites. Just keep an eye on your fish. If you notice any odd behavior, changes in eating patterns or appereance i.e. wounds, pale scales, redness around the gills, that is a sure sign something is not quiet right.

If you go to google, type in ''fish diseases'' there are lots of articles on there that include, symptons and treatments. If you are still not sure after that than ask someone on here or get advise from your local pet shop. Someone is always here to help

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4 years ago#15
johnarthur
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The coral will probably raise the pH, and that's not a good thing for your particular aquarium. In addition, medications will not help if water quality is poor; the aquarium water should have zero ammonia and nitrite.

Ich is a parasite that lays eggs in the substrate and appears as white spots on the fish. The parasite can be killed by gradually raising aquarium temperature to 29 or 30 degrees C. The ich eggs are very difficult to kill, so you have to wait until they hatch. That means leaving the temperature elevated for two or three weeks. Medications are not required, and some will mess with water chemistry or destroy beneficial bacteria.

The survival rate for live bearing fry will greatly improve if you add some bushy, floating plants. Hornwort works best for me, but other options are available. Fast growing plants also help clean the water.

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4 years ago#16
Sharon
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Hi there, yes these 2 days I had my heater on up to 28C (ps I didn't use any Med. at all because it killed my 2M fancy guppies, 1 pregnant platy, and 1 Widow fish). And now I see no more white dot(s) on my fishy. GOOD AND THANK YOU FOR YOU ALL ADVISED. MY FISH LIFE SAVER. THANK YOU!!!

Bad new or Good new!?

Last night I came back late after 9pm. In my nursery tank which I divided into 3 section (using glass for divider - my tank is only 10 gallon). Anyway 1 platy jumped/swim up and down along the glass very fast. She end up from the 1st section to the 3rd section. She had her bb there (I wasn't home). When I came home and saw her there with 2 BBs, I scouped her up with the net and placed her in the net breeder. 2BBs into a small container. She continued had more bb at least 10 more, but I wasn't fast enough to get the bb out. She ate them all or other platies outside suck them out from the little holes. (Home made net thats why, the holes a bit too big. Later on the mummy platy jumped out off the tank and end up on the floor from 1.5metre high. But she still survied till today.

This morning another platy gave birth to her bbs, but I only managed to get 8 bbs out this time.


So now I only need to wait for my other 4 guppies to give birth. 3 of them each had a big square box in their belly.

Anyway THANK AGAIN GUYS.

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4 years ago#17
Sharen
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Could i use sand for my fish tank?

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4 years ago#18
johnarthur
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You could probably raise the temperature another degree C. If you had plenty of bushy, floating plants, you would not need the dividers or breeding traps. Fry usually swim to the water surface as soon as they're born. The floating plants give them a refuge and some microorganisms to eat.

Your aquarium also needs a full hood to prevent jumping and water evaporation. When the water evaporates, some of the minerals in it don't. Thus they can get fairly concentrated. A piece of glass makes a good, cheap hood. If you cut it into two pieces, you can epoxy a handle to one piece so it's east to feed the fish.

Lots of aquarists use sand substrates, but it has a couple of negatives. Very fine sand can stay in suspension for quite a while and make the water cloudy. It can also develop small pockets that nurture certain bacteria, which eventually make stinky gas. If you just want a color change, aquarium gravel is available in white or just about any color.

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4 years ago#19
Sharon
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Hi there,
What can I do?.... My 5 Guppies with big square shapes belly and I could see little tiny black and white dots in them. But they not give birth yet!

Anyone out there please help>>>

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4 years ago#20
Fry Daddy
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Be patient they will give birth when it's time. Are your guppies alone in the tank or do you have other fish in with them?

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4 years ago#21
Sharon
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I have a divider in the middle. All males and fish that not due to give birth in one side. These 5 guppies on the other side.

Today 1 mummy guppy stayed at the bottom of the tank. But she did go up twice to eat foods. Is she ready to give birth yet? and how soon? so I could place her in the seperate breeder.

Thanks please help I want to keep some fry this time.

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3 years ago#22
fishy
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PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!! my guppie is pregnant and was doing fine, one of my females died and now it looks like she is going to die, she is laying on the bottom of the tank and she has huge red dots on her. whats going on??? is she stressed from the babies?

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3 years ago#23
fishy
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please help! shes dying by the minute!!!! I tryed all my treatments, how long will it take for those to kick in?

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3 years ago#24
tannerwmcoy
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i didnt go bye ane read every ones post but it could be amonia and other illnesses. but it sounds to me like droopsy i think it is. they will bloat up like there prego. i forget whet it is called. since guppies can handle salt a little aquaium salt should help if it is droops. along with clean water. there are many things that could be wrong with her. i would try a 40-50% water chang check amonia before doing the water chang and then add aquarium salt.

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3 years ago#25
Kenya
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i have a mickey mouse platy and shes been pregnant fro about 5 weeks maybe longer and her babies are visible through her and her anal hole is white which means she's ready to give birth but its been white for about two weeks she's in a 10 gallon tank not much plants and 1 neon tetra 1 glow light tetra 2 fancy guppies 3 mystery snails and one apple snail 1 serpe tetra and shes not given birth and besides her being HUGE and white at the rear end its no signs of birth i bought a 1.5 gallon tank so she can give birth but she acted all freaked out when i put her in it and i didnt want to stress her out so i put her back in the community tank.. HELP IDK WHAT TO DO THANK YOU FOR THE ADVICE>>>>> oh anhd can i put a male betta in there?

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3 years ago#26
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Live bearing females sometimes drop their fry a few at a time. Often, they get eaten before you ever see them. To avoid some of that, add a fair size raft of bushy, floating plants.

Netting and moving a fish always produces stress and should be avoided when possible. You may want to verify the fish is pregnant and not suffering from bloat. When viewed from directly above, her scales should be parallel with her skin. If they stick out pine cone fashion, she has a bloat, and the aquarium may have water quality issues.

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2 years ago#27
Guppylover123445
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Hey I am a guppy breeder but i just started breeding them this year. I have to pregnant female guppies. The one i put in the breeding tank because the males were bugging her. When i looked at her stomach i could see the face of one of the fry. When do you think she will have babies? Also my other one her gravid spot never gets dark its like a redish orangey colour but it looks like their is fry in her. She isnt tht big but she has more signs of labour then the other one does. She is hiding near or sometimes behind the filter or on the ground. She poops alloooot!! and breaths very fast , is she pregnant or sick?

Help please!

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2 years ago#28
GUPPYLUVER
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The fish in the first pic will probably have her babies very soon. As for the second one, hiding and breathing heavily is a sign that she is going to give birth soon too. If you her hunching her back and pushing her tail up, then for sure she will have her babies.

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2 years ago#29
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2 years ago#30
mltrbt97
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I think because of the stress

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