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I have my guppy frys now for a month 1/2-3/4" in length. The mommas are yellow but don't know about the male, gave birth after bought from petsmart. The frys are still yellow like their moms, how long before they show their true colors? thanks
 

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you might be able to tell the sex sooner if you look for the black gravid spot in females. since these are light colored females anyway you should be able to tell. i can tell the sex of most of mine at 5-6 weeks.

 

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Fry net the females or you will have more babies before you fish out all the females and grow them large enough. Why did you buy a female if you wanted only males?
Bad impulse decision. If they keek having babies, I don't think the new ones will survive if I have enough adults to eat them, right?
 

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Bad impulse decision. If they keek having babies, I don't think the new ones will survive if I have enough adults to eat them, right?
I'm kind of hoping this strategy works for me, as well. I think I must have done the same as you did, and bought a few males and females at petsmart. I now have an amazing variety of gold/endler hybrids, but I worry about overpopulation and hope that new spawns are mostly predated.

I have a really tough time determining gender, but I do net out all of my confirmed females once they start coloring up. I hope that's soon enough to stop them from breeding further generations.
 

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Oh man! I got more new frys, I don't understand. I only have one momma female who had babies a month ago and no adult male at all, the frys aren't even big enough to mate. Is it possible the adult female had babies again without adult male? Her belly is always huge, she eats a lot. Now I got at least 10 that I see are newborn, what's goin on?
 

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Congrats! You are on your way to population explosion!
(Some rejoice, some cry)

Even if Momma eats some, odds are some will survive.
You won't be able to tell the males from the females for about a month, and when you do, those gals will probably be preggars, too. And can hold sperm for half a year.

Best is to take the whole kit n kaboodle back to the fish store and trade for male only.

And the colors can change and not really "lock in" until they are 6 months old :)

-Stef*
 

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Congrats! You are on your way to population explosion!
(Some rejoice, some cry)

Even if Momma eats some, odds are some will survive.
You won't be able to tell the males from the females for about a month, and when you do, those gals will probably be preggars, too. And can hold sperm for half a year.

Best is to take the whole kit n kaboodle back to the fish store and trade for male only.

And the colors can change and not really "lock in" until they are 6 months old :)

-Stef*
Geez again! I really did myself this time. I don't think petco would take them at their size right now, maybe another month. The larger fish couldn't even catch the newborn, they're quick. The month old frys already swimming with the big boys, and chasing each other.
 

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Same thing happened to me. I finally separated all of the males from the females, but both tanks are still full of fry. The males are in a 29G with plenty of room, but the females and about 30 fry are packed into a 12G. There are also neons in their tank. I had a BBA explosion, and just had a mass die-off. I lost five females and several fry. And the tank is still overpopulated.

All the surviving females are still preggers. I'll be watching both tanks closely and swapping the fry to the correct tanks as soon as I can sex them.

On a brighter note, a couple of my endler fry are starting to get their markings. I see a few males emerging, which is good since I lost one of my two original males. I have one adult male, three adult females, and at least 10 fry of various ages in a 2.5G tank. They are in desperate need of new accommodations!
 

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Same thing happened to me. I finally separated all of the males from the females, but both tanks are still full of fry. The males are in a 29G with plenty of room, but the females and about 30 fry are packed into a 12G. There are also neons in their tank. I had a BBA explosion, and just had a mass die-off. I lost five females and several fry. And the tank is still overpopulated.

All the surviving females are still preggers. I'll be watching both tanks closely and swapping the fry to the correct tanks as soon as I can sex them.

On a brighter note, a couple of my endler fry are starting to get their markings. I see a few males emerging, which is good since I lost one of my two original males. I have one adult male, three adult females, and at least 10 fry of various ages in a 2.5G tank. They are in desperate need of new accommodations!
I have to find someone to take the frys, my LFS wouldn't take them at their current size. If I wait a while, I'll have more babies. It's a major headache.
 
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