Q: How long can a guppy be in labor?

January 12, 2009 | By Breezy P. | 6 answers | Expired: 2072 days ago

How long can a guppy be in labor?

My guppy was/is pregnant so I took her out of the community tank and put her in her own little 1.5 gallon. I noticed two little fry in there with her today, so I put her in just in time. But everything I've read about guppies says that they can have between 8-80 babies. There are no other fish in the tank and I really don't think she would eat her own fry because I feed her really well. Is it possible that she still has some fry in her belly? She still looks pregnant to me. How long can she be in labor for? thank you!

Readers' Answers (6)
James G.

Jan 14, 2009

Had (and bred) guppies. Gotta have the breeding box with the lower chamber where the fry can drop. Otherwise, well fed or not, Mom will eat 'em up. Now, she may have indeed only had two (although not likely). Shock of moving her may have caused her to "disrupt" her birthing. Did you move her from one tank to another?
I would keep her isolated and go shopping for a breeding box to put in the tank...if you really want to breed the guppies. You can let nature take it's course to help thin the numbers. I bred them and wasn't careful. Ended up with so many that I couldn't control the water and they all ended up dead. If you want to take the natural approach, leave mom's in tank and provide a good number of hiding places for fry. Let the strong survive.

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Jan 13, 2009

speaking from experience not book knowledge, I would say she ate them. It's more instinctual than hunger. Next time place floating fern in the top of tank for the fry to hide in or get a birthing tank that hangs on the side of your tank. the latter is better because they stay in there water and don't suffer shock from the change in tank surroundings and water.

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Stacy M.

Jan 13, 2009

Hello yes she probably ate them but guppys can stay pregnant for a long while about 3 months and she does not have them all at once in my experience again I am no expert but I have had guppies for awhile also some moms die after or during child birth just like michelle said they need a safe hide away so mom doesnt eat them.

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