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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2004 4:31 pm Post subject: breeding Reply with quote

 hi  
             i  am  sandy  can  anybody  tell  me  some  tips  regarding  live  bearer  breeding  especially  mollys  and  guppys.i  have  tried  numerous  times  but  failed  n  each  case.so  tell  me  some  tips  regarding  the  following  topics:
 1.pairs  to  be  selected  for  breeding
 2.facilities  to  be  provided  to  them
 3.maintaining  the  fries
 4.food  to  be  given  to  the  fries
 5.minimum  size  of  a  tank  required  for  the  fish  to  breed
 is  it  possible  to  cross  a  black  moon  tailed  molly  with  a  white  sail  fined  molly?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:05 pm Post subject: guppy breeding Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  have  a  bit  of  experience  with  breeding  guppies(actually  they  did  it  all  themselves    :lol:  )
 
 I  had  2  males  and  2  females  in  a  2x1x1  thickly  planted  tank.  All  I  did  was  to  feed  them  once  a  day.  The  infusoria  (tank  did  not  have  a  filter)  seemed  to  be  better  food.  After  5  or  6  months,  I  had  60  or  so  young  ones.  
 
 After  a  month  of  feeding  the  young  ones  with  cleaned  tubifex,  colour  started  developing.  
 
 It  is  normally  advised  to  separate  the  males  and  the  female  fry  as  soon  as  possible.  However,  I  just  had  them  as  pets  and  thus  did  not  take  all  that  trouble.  
 
 However  if  you  do  want  to  retain  the  strain/colour,  it  is  advised  to  have  quite  a  few  tanks  (atleast  4  or  five  according  to  me)  so  as  to  be  able  to  separate  the  males  and  females,  have  two  nurseries(one  for  males  and  the  other  for  females),  one  for  the  delivery  of  the  fry  and  one  for  quarantine/treatment.
 
 Adip  had  quite  a  few  beautiful  guppies  last  year.  If  I  remember  right,  he  told  me  that  some  female  'show'  guppies  had  a  gestation  period  of  3  to  4  months.
 
 If  one  is  looking  at  breeding  deltas  or  such  guppies,  then,  it  is  best  to  first  flush  out  what  ever  fry  the  females  are  carrying.  This  is  possible  by  separating  them  from  the  males  for  a  month  or  so.  However,  dont  be  surprised  if  they  do  give  you  a  second  batch  of  fry.  I  guess  the  females  can  store  milt  in  them.
 
 After  this,  you  could  use  a  ratio  of  2  males  to  one  female  (only  during  breeding  and  not  in  your  normal  community  tank)  making  sure  that  both  the  males  have  the  required  features.  Allow  this  combination  in  the  tank  for  2  days  and  then,  separate  the  males  and  the  females.  
 
 All  the  while,  feed  the  females  on  a  heavy  diet  of  live  food(tubifex,  microworms,  daphnia,  mosquito  larvae).  
 
 Make  the  tank  heavily  planted  so  as  to  give  the  newly  born  fry  some  place  to  hide  (and  not  get  eaten).  Cabomba  and  floating  plants  are  ideal  since  the  fry  can  swim  close  to  the  surface  of  water  and  yet  be  quite  safe.
 
 Fry  eat  anything.  you  could  start  off  with  crushed  pellet  food  and  crushed  flakes.  Egg  yolk  also  works.  (actually  all  my  fry  are  brought  up  on  a  diet  of  whatever  floats  around  in  the  tank  -  the  tank  is  an  eco  system  in  its  own  right).  (You  remember  that  snap  of  the  forest  tank  Venkat?    :lol:  )
 
 Hope  this  is  of  help.  Adip  might  be  able  to  add  something  that  I  have  missed  out  on.
 
 Rgds,
 Naga
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 2:02 pm Post subject: breeding Reply with quote

 thanks  naga  for  your  advice.i  didn't  know  these  things  about  breeding  i  will  see  that  i  will  follow  all  the  steps  suggested  by  you  once  again  thank  you.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:14 pm Post subject: Seperating guppy Fry Reply with quote

 It  is  in  my  undertanding  from  the  previous  posts  that  the  male  guppy  grows  better  when  it  is  seperated  from  the  female
 
 They  are  too  small  to  display  colours  (Thats  the  way  i  know  to  distinguish  it)
 
 How  to  distinguish  the  male  and  the  female  among  the  guppy  fry  ?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:24 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 The  anal  fin(am  I  anatomically  correct?)...the  anal  fin  in  males  is  pointed,forming  something  that  would  be  similar  to  a  penis(there  is  a  technical  term  for  it...cant  recall).The  females  have  a  regular  rounded  anal  fin.Again  for  these  differences  to  be  clear,the  fry  must  be  somewhat  grown.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:12 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 i've  breed  guppies  by  simply  doing  nothing...  pure  luck..  
 
 all  i  did  was  buy  a  bunch  of  guppies  and  mollies  (this  was  the  start  of  my  aquarium  hobby...  buy  a  bunch  and  let  the  strongest  survive  philosophy)  and  let  them  loose  in  decent  size  tank...
 
 lo  and  behold,  i  had  fry  after  about  3  months...  some  survived  and  grew  up  into  guppies  and  mollies...
 
 talk  about  luck...
 
 but  i've  always  felt  that  one  should  let  nature  take  its  course  and  abide  by  the  results....  though  it  doesn't  hurt  if  we  help  out  a  bit...    Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:39 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 If  you  want  a  mass-production,  then  you  may  use  a  substrate  grid.    You  can  have  a  dozen  or  two  guppies/mollies  in  a  20  gal  tank  and  get  fries  regularly.
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 Thanks  all.  Lemme  see  if  i  can  differentiate  the  males  and  the  females  in  my  from  my  next  fry  Razz
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