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6 years ago #1
carguy
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my guppy was ready to give birth and i got up and went to lunch got back she was dead ????

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6 years ago #2
johnarthur
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Welcome to our forum. Is your aquarium new, or was the Guppy new to the aquarium? Moving a fish to a different aquarium often produces shock to its immune system. Although Guppies are live bearing fish, the birthing process is different and much less stressful than in a mammal. The eggs mature inside the fish and are simply expelled as free swimming individuals. No placenta is involved.

If you can send more details about your aquarium, we may be able to help you analyze the Guppy problem.

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6 years ago #3
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no the fish have been in this tank for 2 months and my ph level and all my levels were fine i call the pet store i got her from and they said it does happen but i had it happen 2 times now

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6 years ago #4
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If all the water parameters are good, it may be a genetic problem. Some fancy Guppies have reproduction problems because of all the in-breeding. Still, it's a good idea to make sure your aquarium has no ammonia or nitrites. Some pet stores give very good advice, but many others have minimum wage employees with little experience or technical knowledge.

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6 years ago #5
carguy
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god thanks didn't even think of that about the pet store emply this site is great I'm hooked

Thanks guys

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6 years ago #6
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I did not mean to criticise pet stores; they have to make a profit to stay in business. It's just that sometimes we don't know which employee is knowledgeable and genuinely helpful and which one is just trying to sell stuff. You can buy a gadget or chemical to "cure" for just about anything aquarium, but they seldom deal with the cause of the problem. Regular, partial water chances fix more problems than medicines.

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6 years ago #7
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PS: I'm glad you like our website. It's free to join, and nobody will try to sell you stuff.

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6 years ago #8
carguy
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thank you

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5 years ago #9
fishfan
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Did you create this website or something?

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5 years ago #10
phoenixflames
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Hi, and welcome.
All that is very true. And I have a theory about what may have happend to, here's my take on it from personal experience.... I recently lost 2 females and both were almost due. I had 3 male guppies (2 endlers 1 red cobra) and 2 females. Normally you want 2 females per male. Its in the guppies genes to reproduse lots and often. So males will keep harazing the females and nipping at their fins to catch them, well when she's full of eggs and latter fry she cant swim away as quick, thus can't spand up for her self much, and the males can nipp off a little to much of the fins hurting them. At least that's my take on it and that's what I noticed happened to my fishies =( you don't want to seperate them from the tank cause that may worry them sick (literaly) but its good to give them some room to relax and live out their motherhood. Please let me know what you guys think about my theory. I feel it makes some sence, I could be wrong. I know I'm a little late but I've been bussy,... =P jajaja. Maybe this will help others.

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4 years ago #11
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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 #12
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I have raised fancy show guppies for the past three years and lost two during the birthing process. About to lose another femaile giving birth atm so watching her very carefully. The birthing process is difficult with some guppies do to a lot of inbreeding especially with Fancy guppies there are more genetic defects that can be eventually weened out through trial and error but bottom line is sometimes it cant be helped. Guppies like humans can have a difficult time giving birth. If you you keep her stable and upright usually using a small hatchery with a slide in it and close to her as possible it will keep her breathing hopefully long enough for her to give birth. She may or may not recover. Keep her separate from the other fish for a few days allowing her time to recover after birth. Sad to say this but if the mother dies and you are there at the time you can still hopefully save some of the babies by forcing birth by lightly pressing against both sides of the guppy. ONLY DO THIS IF SHE IS DEAD AND YOU CAUGHT IT IMMEDIATELY. I saved 29 babies last batch by doing this i had just arrived and the mother gave her last breath trying to give birth. Please note that i do not recommend doing this but it is possible to save the babies if the mother has died giving birth and you see pre-drop fry's from her. This is an absolute last resort and should only be done if the mother died at the moment of birthing the babies.

Someimes fancy show guppies have birth defects such as humped back, this makes the birthing canal much smaller than in other female show fancy guppies so they cannot push them out or the babies come out on their own like they are supposed to and this stresses out the mother.

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4 years ago #13
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Sometimes females will just die during the birthing process, or it could've been from other causes. Have you had the fish very long, is it the first time they've given birth since you've had them?


@ Pippikins
When guppies are ready to give birth their gravid spot becomes dark. (Although I have virgin females with dark gravid spot area that is just the coloration of the fish.)

They will start to square-off and you will see the baby fish eyes.

see photo at;
http://www.fishforever.co.uk/guppies.html

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3 years ago #14
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sometimes the female guppies get fat as if they are pregnant.But they are not.It would be a disease inside the body where the guppy gets really fat and finally die.My guppies also faced this problem.Some male guppies also were very fat and then died.This may be a parasitic infection or somethin like that.It is good to try & see some medicine......................

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3 years ago #15
guest
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Do the frys die when the female does

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3 years ago #16
Goldielove
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yeah johnarthur was spot on about the employees with minimal knowledge telling you whatever you need to hear,i remember one time just for giggles, i asked an employee at petsmart"WHY DO BLOODPARROTS HIDE SO MUCH" he then turned around and told me , 'OH THATS HOW THEY ARE IN THE WILD RIVERS,TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM PREDATORS"lol...i help my giggle in, so i said"WHAT RIVER DO THEY COME FROM? "he told me africa couldnt help but laugh my butt off.....got my salt and bloodworms and left....its amazing how smart they think they are!~might wanna check your water temp.

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3 years ago #17
HELP!
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Hey
I "just" bouught 4 pairs of guppies. somehow in less then a week, 2 female with a huge stomach and 1 male died. I really hope it wont affect the other males too..

Can you email me the answers at <email>
i am a new guy on guppies and i want more info
thanks

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3 years ago #18
johnarthur
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When fish get netted, transported then placed into a new environment (your aquarium) they go through quite a bit of stress. If the water parameters in your aquarium are much different than those in the pet shop display tank, the shock will be even greater and can prove fatal. Drip acclimation greatly decreases this stress:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-drip-acclimation- method-78.html

The link presents a simple way to drip acclimate. If you don't want to put the pet shop water in your aquarium, you can drip acclimate, throw out most of the water from the acclimation bucket, drip acclimate again, then net the fish and put them in your aquarium. The simple way to drip acclimate has always worked for me, because i never buy fish from a display tank that has any sick residents.

If your aquarium is fairly new, it may lack a working nitrogen cycle. That nearly always makes the fish sick. For more details about the nitrogen cycle, here's another link:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-nitrogen-cycle-for- beginners-358.html

I hope this answers your questions. You are always welcome to post more.

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3 years ago #19
xonicview1997
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i just got home and another female diedd. i dont think im good in gupppies. is it possibe if i start a new tank 5g with gold fishes?

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3 years ago #20
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The most likely answer is the nitrogen cycle is not working. To find out, test the water for toxic nitrogen compounds. Ammonia and nitrite should be zero, and nitrate concentration needs to be less than 40 ppm. If you ask the pet shop to test the water, try to get numerical values and not just an OK or not OK.

The best corrective measures are feeding no more than the fish eat in a couple of minutes and changing about 25 percent of the water every two or three days. Adjust the temperature of the replacement water to about that of the aquarium, and use a water conditioner that also neutralises toxic nitrogen compounds. Stress Coat Plus is a good example.

Small aquariums are more difficult to maintain than larger ones, because even a small mistake can greatly increase the concentration of toxic nitrogen compounds. You may want to click on the link about the nitrogen cycle. It leads to a very short blog of a non technical nature. A working nitrogen cycle is the key to a healthy aquarium.

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3 years ago #21
xonicview1997
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im goins to start a new tank and just have goldfishes. thanks anyways

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3 years ago #22
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A goldfish aquarium also needs a working nitrogen cycle. It should be rather large.

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3 years ago #23
shirley
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Hi, first, just wanted to thank you for your helpful tips! I will try to keep tank clean by changing water (store clerk didn't tell me anything about changing water, I thought I only needed the filters...) So I bought 10 female guppies. Two of them died last week, and two more female died right before giving birth. I found couple guppies (male and female) with fungus (rot fin?) so I seperated the problematic fish to another tank and did a 30% water change today. Anything else I should do as i have one female that is about to give birth? thanks in advance!

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3 years ago #24
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Moving fish to a different aquarium is very stressful for them. A better alternative is to float a large raft of a bushy plant like hornwort. It will provide refuge and some food for the fry while also improving water quality.

You may also want to take a few minutes to reread the previously posted links.

Good luck, and please keep us updated.

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3 years ago #25
shirley
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Thanks! I got a breeder box attempting to save fry from mother (the one with plastic divider). This morning i found only 1 fry. Mama fish seemed slimmer -- how long is the entire labor process?

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3 years ago #26
JW
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Hi..

I bought a "quick relief Cure " its comes out Blue..
if the guppies is injury i should put 1 drop ?

I have 22 guppy baby. and its becomes 21 left.

I am wondering why they die ? Should i put the test strip to test the water or instead of drop.


Thank you

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3 years ago #27
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It' a good idea to test the water and make sure ammonia and nitrite are zero and nitrate is below 40 ppm.

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2 years ago #28
Hopebreeder342
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since some petshopes and breeders inbreed, genetic defects can arrise. dieing before birth is one defect. You would not want to breed this female, for she might pass on the defect. Another reason is that like human birth, it is hard, sometimes she just doesn't have the energy to give birth. But the defect theory is more likely than not correct, sorry.

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2 years ago #29
Hopebreeder342
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Some of it can be shock an stress. Or like human birth, it is difficult and exhausting. It also might be inbreeding. Because of all the inbreeding going on, genetic defects can occur, like dying before or after birth

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2 years ago #30
Zee
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my guppies looks like dont want to use their tail fins to swim the back part of the guppy looks like its heavy and dont want to use it please help ZEE

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