Pregnant guppy can cause a fish keeper a great deal of stress but it needn’t be like that as it’s really not that hard to deal with. Most people think it’s all going to go wrong as they are new to it but the truth is guppies have been breeding successfully for hundreds of year on their own so I think in a nice clean warm tank with no predators apart from them each other they should be pretty ok.
With all the above being said about guppies having babies on their own with no problems that was with wild guppies but we very rarely have a chance to buy wild one’s anymore and they are all captive bred fish that have kind of had their wild instincts bred right out of them instead of importing them from the wild waters that are there natural homes.
Keeping tank born guppies does have its advantages over the wild ones if you look into it as for one they don’t have to endure a terribly stressful journey to the fish shop that will sell them. They are also a lot more hardly and can deal with a few mistakes that the new in-experienced keeper may make.
The things that you will notice with a pregnant guppy is that she doesn’t really act any different from any of the other fish that are not even pregnant, she just goes about scouting around for food just like the rest of her tank mates.
The only time when a pregnant guppy will change her behavior is just before she is about to drop her babies that are born live as you know because guppies are livebearers. You will notice that she will start hiding away more and more and it could take you a little detective work trying to find her. The reason a pregnant guppy will start hiding is because she is preparing to give birth to her babies within a day or two so she is hiding to try and help protect the babies and help their survival rate from other fish that may be in the tank.
Even though she goes to all this trouble in trying to protect her offspring she will even eat the young herself! One way this can be prevented is to provide plenty of hiding places and make sure the female is well feed throughout the whole pregnancy as this should really help.
So there you have it a pregnant guppy isn’t really that stressful to deal with when you simply take a step back and think about it. Things may be a bit bumpy the first couple of births but as time goes past you will get the hang of it and have lots of little guppies swimming around.