Just wanted to let everyone know that I am finally a grandma to about 10 or more baby guppies, I am so excited. Any input as to the best way to take care of them would be greatly appreciated. Will send pictures when they get bigger.
You need to seperate from any other guppies. The mommy should be good for 2 days. There is a hormone released into them when they give birth, and it should last for 24-48 hours. I have had chronically breeding guppies, as soom as even 3 weeks form the time the females are born(i know, they're insane), never removed, and many have survived.
You can easily use some crushed up flake food, feed a very small amount.
I find that with the guppies, there is no need to do water changes. Keep decent filtration, and keep adding water, no problems. I have had my guppies near a year, have never done 1 water change. They are happy as pigs in slop. Water is crystal clear, and paramaters are fantastic. Just make sure you have adequate filtration for the # you have, and you'll be fine.
As to elawandowski, they are pretty cheap. Grab(usually sold in pairs) 2 males and 2 females. Try and get the same color, or 2 different colors, but then you have to at least breed in seperate tanks. I think mine mixed colors, and basically now my offspring are solely feeder guppies, as they have little to no color, grow huge, etc. Leave them with their color-paired males about 2-3 weeks, remove the 2 females, and leave them in the baby tank for 3-4 weeks. You will have tons of little baby guppies. Can have between 6(the low side of my guppies big broods) and 50 babies per birth. They can also get pregnant for 6 successive broods from one male. Meaning, if you keep those 2 females in another tank seperate from the males, they can have up to 6 more "litters" without any interaction with any males.
Don't know if I am stating the obvious for you, or not, just what I have learned since mine started bursting at the seems.
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