Welcome to MonsterFishKeepers.com

The members of this forum have come together to share our knowledge and experiences of fish keeping. We want to answer your questions, offer advice and fill the galleries with pictures of the fish we have all grown to love.

We are a unique community of Fish Keepers who seriously take our hobby to extremes and the NEXT level. The majority of our fish collections include RARE & EXOTIC Species of all sizes, BIG FISH with BIG APPETITES and BIG TANKS. It's not easy for most people or other "regular" fish keepers to understand why we maintain this type of collection and spare no expense on this fascinating hobby.

Hopefully, through this site and discussion forums we can encourage the next generation of Monster Fish Keepers to have the same passion and love we have for the hobby and our Monster Fish .

As one of the founding members, I personally invite you to register and join us today. Currently you are viewing this site as our guest which only gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and photo galleries.

Registration is FREE and very easy! When you register, you'll have instant access to....

  • • Post and participate in discussions about your passion for fish keeping
  • • Have your own Photo Gallery and the ability to upload your images
  • • View and comment on the gallery
  • • Participate in MFK contests, promotions, and discounts
  • • Use of private messaging to communicate with other community members


  • We're constantly striving to improve our community to help make your Monster Fish Keeping hobby fulfilling and interesting. Comments are welcome.


    WE ARE MONSTER FISH KEEPERS!

    -MFK STAFF



    Sign Up
    1. Please double check and update your email --> http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/index.php?account/contact-details
      Dismiss Notice

    pregnant guppy

    Discussion in 'Breeding' started by bella535, Jan 18, 2008.

    1. bella535

      bella535 MFK Members

      Real Name:
      Joined:
      Jan 12, 2008
      Messages:
      37
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Location:
      Wazzzzza
      Last Seen:
      Oct 11, 2009
      i recently purchased a pair of guppy's to breed. i never had guppys before so i don't know much about them. i thought she was pregnant cuz her gravid spot was dark and big. i put her in the breeding piece and overnight her gravid spot became clear....she doesn't look preg to me anymore.....any help is appreciated.
       
    2. NilePufferFanatic

      NilePufferFanatic MFK Members

      Real Name:
      Joined:
      Feb 5, 2007
      Messages:
      383
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Location:
      Idaho
      Last Seen:
      Feb 18, 2014
      I hear that guppies can absorb their young. Make sure that your water has proper parameters (a local fish store (LFS) will check this for free) and make sure it is dechlorinated.

      Another possiblity is that the young didn't escape their hungry mother. Baby guppies are delicious to all fish.
       
    3. chicken_boy_Kurt

      chicken_boy_Kurt MFK Members

      Real Name:
      Joined:
      Jan 15, 2008
      Messages:
      250
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Location:
      PA, USA
      Last Seen:
      Sep 19, 2008
      Maybe the shock of moving caused her to absorb the babies.
       
    4. bella535

      bella535 MFK Members

      Real Name:
      Joined:
      Jan 12, 2008
      Messages:
      37
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Location:
      Wazzzzza
      Last Seen:
      Oct 11, 2009
      i've had a tank for aprox 10 years. i think the water is fine.....i think it was the shock.....if it was i have no clue what to do about that......
       
    5. Druu

      Druu MFK Members

      Real Name:
      Joined:
      Sep 16, 2007
      Messages:
      4,122
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Location:
      Notre Dame, IN
      Last Seen:
      Nov 27, 2009
      I find it better to let them give birth in the main tank- the babies will hide among the plants and gravel. You can then net those out and transfer them into the breeder net.
       
    6. importracer

      importracer MFK Members

      Real Name:
      Joined:
      Dec 22, 2005
      Messages:
      2,257
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Location:
      NorthernCalifornia
      Last Seen:
      Feb 19, 2015
      Yeah buddy....Just fill your tank up with bushy plants and Hornwort....The fry will hide and eat the algea and other microbes that grow around the plant...I beleive Hornwort cost 99 cents a bundle...Get a bunch to fill the tank with....Leave a small swimming space in the front, so yo can see them from time to time....Leave the tank next to the window for sunlight....
       
    7. bella535

      bella535 MFK Members

      Real Name:
      Joined:
      Jan 12, 2008
      Messages:
      37
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Location:
      Wazzzzza
      Last Seen:
      Oct 11, 2009
      i have a bunch of rocks and plants, thats where the fry have been till now and i think ill just keep doing that. as for the guppy....the gravid spot is back! i'm really confused now. do all the females look like that?
       
    8. Mystix212

      Mystix212 MFK Members

      Real Name:
      Jake
      Joined:
      Jun 27, 2007
      Messages:
      4,984
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Location:
      Brisbane, Australia
      Last Seen:
      Nov 21, 2013
      Guppies can store sperm from one spawn for up to 6 months. Even when she has just given birth to say, 50 fry, another brood is still developing. Once she has the 50 fry spawn, she'll continue to have the gravid spot untill the sperm 'runs out' so to speak.
       
    9. Alistriwen

      Alistriwen MFK Members

      Real Name:
      Joined:
      Jul 14, 2007
      Messages:
      662
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Last Seen:
      Apr 1, 2011
      The livebearer gravid spot is one of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of livebearer reproduction. If you try to judge pregnancy and such from gravid spots you will not have a lot of success with these fish. I can tell when my guppies are a day from giving birth with almost 100% accuracy without even looking at their gravid spots.

      A gravid spot develops in juvenile females whether or not they've been fertilized yet. This dark patch is actually a mass of orange eggs but due to the colouration of the guppy often appears black or brownish. The gravid spot changing colour therefore, is a result of a change in colour on the guppy's part not anything going on with her offspring. If a fish changes colour and it isnt breeding time, chances are you've stressed it. You said you'd had this guppy a day before tossing it in a net and if that's the case 100% you've over stressed that fish. A new tank is stress enough for a fish without being tossed into a tiny net right away.

      Size isnt neccessarily an indicator of pregnancy either. Shape is more important than a female's overall size. Sometimes a fish is just fat because it has eaten a lot and when you stress it all that was inside comes out. Once they get back to eating normally the weight usually comes back. Absorbing fry is a very uncommon occurence, far more so than most would lead you to believe. Unfortunately, if this does occur your fish will not just carry on normally in all likelihood. A fish that has absorbed fry often has serious problems later, including an inability to reproduce.
       
    10. bella535

      bella535 MFK Members

      Real Name:
      Joined:
      Jan 12, 2008
      Messages:
      37
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Location:
      Wazzzzza
      Last Seen:
      Oct 11, 2009
      I appreciate your info but I didn’t say that I purchased her and the next day I put her in the breeding net. I did say that I’ve had tank for over ten years so I know what not to do to stress out fish. I’ve successfully bred molly's a number of times (I currently have some week old fry) I just said I’m new to guppies so I don’t know much about them and I’m trying to figure them out.
       

    Share This Page