Well-fed adults do not often eat their own young, although sometimes safe zones are required for the fry. Specially designed livebearer birthing tanks, which can be suspended inside the aquarium, are available from aquatic retailers.
These also serve to shield the pregnant female from further attention from the males, which is important, because the males will sometimes attack the females while they are giving birth. It also provides a separate area for the newborn young as protection from being eaten by their mother. However, if a female is put in the breeder box too early, it may cause her to have a miscarriage.
Well-planted tanks that offer a lot of barriers to adult guppies will shelter the young quite well. Java moss, duckweed (Lemna minor and other Lemna species), and Water Wisteria are all excellent choices. A continuous supply of live food, such as Daphnia, will keep adult fish full and may spare the fry when they are born. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guppy
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So you went and got yourself some Guppies!
This information may help you.
First the basics!
Guppies like CLEAN water and they require a clean bottom/substrate to sleep on. Guppies sleep on the bottom of their tanks. If you allow your guppies to repeatedly sleep sitting on their own waste and detritus you will NOT end up with very nice tails on your fish. It is FINE to add Corydoras or Ancistrus to your guppy tanks to help keep the bottom clean but keep in mind, those fish produce waste too. We do NOT recommend keeping other fish in with Guppies (other than Corydoras or Ancistrus) IF you plan on seriously breeding them
Our Guppies are used to LARGE water changes. Don't be afraid to change 50-75% of their water as often as you like, as long as you use declorinated water close to the same temperature they will love you for it.
Here in NY we have hard alkaline tap water, it's PERFECT for Guppies . We do NOT keep salt in with our Guppies.
We feed ALL our Guppies Live Baby Brine Shrimp, Tetramin Fish Food, Golden Pearls, and Lotsoffish Mix #2 about 3-4 times a day.
Tips on breeding your Guppies.
We run 2 separate lines of all our fish. We breed 4 generations deep and then cross both lines together and start all over again. We know most folks just getting started with Guppies are not as gung ho as we are but eventually you may find yourself doing this too.
For beginners here is what we recommend you do-
Remove one of your gravid females and place her in a separate tank. You can trap her or use lots of cover in the form of live or plastic plants, yarn, or anything you have handy that is SAFE for fish. Keep in mind some strains are more prone to eating their own fry than others and this can happen very quickly.
After collecting your first drop remove the Female and raise those fish until you can just start to make out the sexes and then separate them into Males and Females. These fish will be your next generation of Guppies. You can keep more if you like but you don't want to overcrowd them. Over the next couple Months you should watch your Male Guppies as they mature because you will be picking your best couple Males from these fish to breed into some of your virgin females (that's why you separate them) . After your new generation matures pick your best one or two Males and place them in a tank with your best 3 or 4 Females and you have just set up your next generation of fish!
As you can see, you are going to end up with a lot of EXTRA Guppies while working with your new strain of fish. We recommend you talk to some of your local fish stores and see if they are interested in your Guppies. It is best to bring in some "samples" of your fish and when you do this you should bring about 6 Pr's. in CLEAN WATER and in 2 separate bags with the Males in one bag and the Females in another bag. This shows the shop owners you are serious about the hobby and you have nice clean water and you are organized and will be EASY to deal with. NO shop owner wants a breeder walking into their shop with a bucket full of mixed sized Guppies that are not of the same age or equal sexes because that is NOT something they can resell to the public. Many shop owners will be more than happy to buy fish from you if YOU make the process EASY on them.
Lastly, you can also sell your Guppies at local fish club meetings, on AquaBid.com, EBAY, and some folks even sell them out of their own homes. The bottom line is Guppies have a limited shelf live and if you don't find a way of unloading the Guppies you no longer need for breeding you will soon become overwhelmed with fish and not be able to continue to enjoy your new strain of fish. It is ALWAYS better to give away nice HEALTHY Guppies than it is to run out of tank space and watch them grow old and die.
If you have ANY QUESTIONS regarding your new venture don't be afraid to E Mail Lotsoffish at email@example.com. I talk with Ol' Conrad on a weekly basis and we are always happy to help out new Guppy breeders. We want you to do well with our fish.
Thanks for trying our Guppies and ENJOY the HOBBY!
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