Asked by: Eloi Bertolin
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How do you take care of guppy fry?

Last Updated: 25th March, 2020

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Guppy Fry Tank Maintenance
  1. Keep the water temperature at 80 °F. It is not necessary, but warm water speeds up the metabolism of the fish.
  2. Make partial water changes often. Fresh water will also benefit the growth of the fry.
  3. Keep the lights on for at least 12-16 hours a day.

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Regarding this, how many times should I feed my guppy fry?

Fry. Guppy babies, or fry, need feeding between five and eight times each day. This is because their bodies go through rapid changes and are constantly growing. Since the tiny fish can eat only so much in a single serving, they need a lot of small meals.

Beside above, should I separate guppy fry? Separating the fry: As we mentioned before, it is good to separate the adult guppies from the fry so as not to have your fry eaten by the bigger fish. If you can afford a breeding tank, this would be a very good step that is accomplished. If you do not, a breeding box would be an option.

Hereof, how long can I keep my guppy fry in a breeder box?

I would recommend no longer than a week or maybe two. At that time, they should be too large to fit in the adults' mouths. Keeping them in longer can stunt them and/or (with that many) deprive some of them of food.

Why are my guppy fry dying?

The most common reason for guppies dying in your aquarium is the poor water quality. With feeding your fish you actually pollute the water in your tank. The lack of oxygen in the water can also cause guppies to die. Putting too cold or too warm water in your aquarium will cause death to your guppy fish.

Related Question Answers

Gulnaz Kalinin

Professional

Can Guppy fry eat flakes?

Guppy fry will accept any food that their adult parents will eat. You can feed them flake foods, but make sure you crush it up in tiny pieces. You can also feed them special powder food that is high in protein.

Petre Friedland

Professional

Do Guppy fry need light?

Lighting helps guppy fry grow faster, but more than 12 to 17 hours of light will deprive them of much-needed rest and relaxation they get when they fall asleep. Like adult guppies, the fry will eventually die if the aquarium light is never turned off.

Yeremi Narudetzki

Explainer

Can Guppy fry survive with adults?

Adult fish will eat both their own fry and the fry of other fish. Cannibalism is a common occurrence in community tanks, and it is highly unlikely that you will be able to safely maintain guppy fry in a tank without at least a few fish succumbing to cannibalism.

Estela Arenillas

Explainer

How long do Guppy fry need to be separated?

Separate males and females if you don't want more babies. Female guppies usually start to reproduce at 2 to 3 months of age. Additionally, they can store sperm for up to 3 months. If you don't want more babies, you'll need to separate your male and female fry once they reach about 6 to 8 weeks old.

Arrate Lohse

Explainer

How long is a guppy pregnant?

The gestation period of a guppy is typically 21–30 days, but can vary considerably. The area where a pregnant guppy's abdomen meets the tail is sometimes called the "gravid patch", or "gravid spot". When pregnant, there is a slight discoloration that slowly darkens as the guppy progresses through pregnancy.

Jaber Da Silveira

Pundit

Do Guppy fry eat algae?

For fry, feed crumbled fish-food flakes, hard-boiled-egg yolk, and baby brine shrimp. Give them brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworms and mosquito larvae. They'll also eat the algae that grow naturally in the fish tank, though algae often grow faster than guppies can eat them.

Georgine Alveniz

Pundit

How long does it take Guppy fry to grow?

Guppy fish, the fry, are born at about ¼ inch in length, so in terms of the growth rate, the calculation is pretty simply. It takes a guppy about 6 months to reach its adult size of 2 inches, so you can divide those 2 inches by 6 months.

Romualdo Padroo

Pundit

How can I make my guppy fry grow faster?

Feeding more often can sometimes increase the rate of growth. Give foods such as high-quality crushed guppy flakes, baby brine shrimp, microworms and daphnia. Increase the size of the food as the fish grow. Keep the water in the fry aquarium at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Amie Mayaguren

Pundit

Annais Kaldybaev

Pundit

Do Guppies give birth at night?

What time of day do guppies usually give birth? And is she nearly ready to give birth? Most live bearers give birth during the night. You will get some that will give birth during the day, but in reality, the female will give birth when they are ready.

Neelam Calahorrano

Teacher

How do you feed Guppy fry egg yolks?

I fed my guppy fry egg yolk during their younger years and they gobbled it up. Just take the egg yolk out of a hard boiled egg, get a toothpick and add a drop of water in a small container and mix it with a bit of the yolk. It'll create a paste that'll dissolve into smaller pieces for the fry to eat.

Isidora Lalond

Teacher

How many baby guppies are born at once?

One of the first questions people usually ask is, "How do guppies have babies?" When a guppy gives birth, the females will "drop" 2 to 200 baby guppies, called fry, typically in four to six hours. If she is stressed, however, the process to give birth to all the fry can take up to 12 hours.

Enoch Surugiu

Teacher

Do Guppy fry need oxygen?

Guppies are one of the hardiest tropical freshwater (and even saltwater!) fish you can keep. But they can't breathe air, so they need well-oxygentaed water, like most fish.

Ivelina Vercruysse

Teacher

What is the best temperature for guppy fry?

The proper temperature for the guppy is 72° to 78°F. The pH can be kept between 7.0 to 8.0. When you are ready to breed them, raise the temperature 2° to 3°F.

Lakia Guijarro

Reviewer

Can Guppy fry live without a filter?

A continuous supply of live food, such as Daphnia, will keep adult fish full and may spare the fry when they are born. How long will a guppy live without a filter? Almost all freshwater fish, with the exception of bettas, like aerated water that is clean and constantly moving.

Einar Berlin

Reviewer

Can I put 2 pregnant guppies together?

If you are keeping female and male guppies together, most likely female guppies are pregnant, unless they are infertile. During pregnancy, female guppies will develop a big rounded belly.

Shakil Zschweigert

Reviewer

How long should fry stay in breeder box?

The fry need to stay in the breeder net for 2-3 days max the fry will not die its just that they need to be with their mom also make when you release the fry they are not small enough to fit into your other fishes mouths if so the fry will surly be eaten i highly recommend to get a smaller tank for just the fry for and

Cayetana Aichemuller

Reviewer

How big should Guppy Fry be?

Size. Before you can move your baby guppies into your big tank, they need to be large enough that the other fish won't eat them. Exactly how large depends on the size of the fish in the main tank, but the minimum size the babies should be before you move them is about an inch long.

Tomasina Kleinhaus

Supporter

Should you separate Pregnant Guppy?

Yes. You should either put her in a separate tank, or a separate container inside the same tank. When she gives birth the males will eat the babies. If you don't remove her you will look in one day and she won't be pregnant anymore.