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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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my female guppy

hi all,
I have 3 female Cobra Guppies and all three are pregnant but one is about ready i think to give birth and shes in a birthing tank. This morning shes not eating her food and she is is basically the best way to describe it is standing on her head. Yesterday i found a long clear.white string coming off of her, she has been in the birthing tank a couple of weeks now and looks like shes about to explode is this normal for them to stand on their head and she also seems to swim lopsided at times as well. I would like to see the babies be born and would like to see her actually give birth as i have never seen it but i am not sure if the way she is acting if that is normal or if its because shes about to pop so to speak.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 06:55 PM
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White string could be a parasite, or a poop that shows signs of parasitic infestation.

Are her scales sticking out? Does she look like a pinecone?

They can really balloon up when they're massively pregnant, but they don't normally have issues swimming.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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no shes not looking like a pinecone and no her scales are not sticking out...i just checked her and shes in the upper right hand corner with string like stuff coming out but its different than what it was yesterday its the same color but its almost like its a cord from the babies
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any more advice she still is huge like shes about to pop and nothing has happened yet and shes looking bigger and still standing on her mouth in the birthing tank and i just am trying to figure it out i would like to see the first set of babies but its almost like shes like shes top heavy from the eggs is this normal?
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It's not normal for pregnant guppies to stand on their heads. Was this "birthing" tank fully cycled? Did you bring water in from your main tank?

Try feeding her or maybe even dropping some plants in the container so she's not stressed.

Here is a YouTube video of a guppy being born.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFkBjD2Le3k
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It's a birthing tank that uses the water from the main tank and i feed her and she don't eat it had a plant in there but was to big so took it out and put a small one in and will try that but shes not having the babbies and i am kind of worried about her
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Never Mind the female that was huge and standing on her head died tonight and no babies ever came out hopefully the other two will be ok
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help
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I'm sorry you lost one of your guppies. Take heart! They are usually quite hardy fish and I'm sure your others will do just fine!

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
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You over feeding and or too much ammona in the water or something like that we're not totally sure only tested the water and it was fine but then I just cleaned my tank so I really don't know.....am hoping the 10 gal gets better will know more on friday
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