How to Tell When a Guppy Will Give Birth?

Pregnant guppy and signs of delivery

Knowing When Your Guppy is About to Deliver

If you are really getting serious about your guppy breeding the first thing that you really need to do is start keeping records.

You also have to become very intuitive as to what is happening with your guppies.

As you begin to study your guppies you will become more aware of what is happening with them particularly for your pregnant guppies.

Pregnant guppy signs of delivery

There is no doubt that you are filled with anticipation at the arrival of your new batch of fry

and that you have put a great deal of work into making sure that their atmosphere is going to be perfect for their arrival.

This means that once the female guppy has delivered you are going to want to remove her from the tank as the possibility exists that she will devour them.

This means that you have to watch the time constraints, especially If you are planning on being away during the delivery.

Then you are going to have to make sure that someone is there to take care of the fry for you.

This means that you need to know what the date is going to be as close as possible.

Pregnant Guppy Fish Credits Judhi Prasetyo

How Do Guppies Give Birth?

Do Guppies give birth at night? The obvious answer is both yes and no,

It is most likely Female Guppy will give birth at night in either absence of lights or during the daytime when the flash tank lights are on.

A pregnant can carry her fry from 21 to 30 days, however, in many cases, it delivers within 28 days.

If you have been keeping good notes and know when you’re female guppy was impregnated,

then you will have a good expectation of the date of delivery.

When Do Guppies Give Birth? When do they Deliver?

If you’re not quite sure then you can count from the date and put her back into the breeding tank,

to expect her to give birth anywhere from 21 to 30 days following that day.

When you begin to observe your guppies you may see the fry inside the gravid spot of your guppies.

This is more true with those that are lighter in color.

It is easier to see the baby guppies in the blonde and light-colored females.

You won’t have this opportunity with the darker colored ones.

You can observe this by watching the female when she swims close to the light,

Hopefully, a correct angle where the light is behind her and shining on her stomach area.

She will have to be remaining still in order for you to get a good view.

What you will see is in the gravid area some little tiny or dark dots.

It shows in the latter part of the guppy’s pregnancy and what you are seeing in eyes of babies.

The closer they get to being born the more visible and well-formed these black dots are.

After you have observed the same guppy giving delivery a few times you will get the pattern.

Although this can change as she may deliver in 28 days one time and then 31 days at another, it will give you a better insight as to what to expect.

Making sure that you have some resources in your tank for the recently delivered baby fry to hide,

In your absence arrange something else to save the fry until you remove the mom from the tank.

How Often Do Guppies Get Pregnant?

Does it seem like you are always dealing with pregnant guppies and new batches of fry?

If it seems like your females are always pregnant, you’re not wrong.

Trying to control your guppy population can be challenging without letting nature run its course.

Because female guppies can store unused sperm and get pregnant again as soon as they give birth.

Guppy Breeding

You can assume your female guppies will get pregnant whenever you have males and females together.

While some fish require the perfect conditions to be encouraged to breed, with guppies, it’s challenging to stop breeding.

How to Avoid Unwanted Fish Breeding in Your Tank?

The only way to keep your females from getting pregnant and staying that way is separating the males from the females when they’re young, as soon as you can tell the sex.

After separating guppy fry, use a magnifying glass to look for the gravid spot on the females after about five weeks.

Do guppies get pregnant easily? Yes Even when left on their own, guppies breed very rapidly.

Guppies can get pregnant when they are 2-3 months old not long after this gravid spot appears.

For males, watch the development of the gonopodium, or the fin set under the belly.

When this fin set gets pointed and long, the male is capable of impregnating females.

Guppies and Superfetation

The reason your females always seem to be pregnant is due to superfetation, a process through which female guppies store sperm to use later.

Guppies mates with all available males in the tank and store the sperm,

potentially getting pregnant six times or more from a single mating.

The females can store this sperm for up to 8 months and use it to get pregnant almost immediately after giving birth.

If the female is exposed to a new male, she may use the new male’s sperm instead of the stored sperm.

How Often Do Guppies Get Pregnant?

Female guppies are pregnant for about 4 weeks.

After giving birth, females do not need much recovery time and may get pregnant within a few hours later.

It’s not uncommon for healthy females to give birth to a new batch of fry once a month.

Some Common Asked questions

Can I put 2 pregnant guppies together?

Yes. You can keep 2 female pregnant guppies alongside in some tank, or a separate container inside the same tank.
Just keep males away When she is about to deliver birth to prevent fries from getting eaten up.

How old are guppies when they start breeding?

Female guppy’s first delivery begins at 10–20 weeks of age, and they continue reproducing until 20–34 months of age. while Male guppies mature in 40 days or even less.

Should I isolate my pregnant guppy?

Yes, It is highly recommended to separate pregnant guppy from community tank, or isolated in a part of it, just too easy delivery and protect the fry from males

What is the rarest Guppy?

Japanese strain or blue variegated cobra is the rarest Guppy breed

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