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  1. So one of the pregnant females (yellow/orange snakeskin) I bought the day before yesterday decided that the 20L I was holding her and the wild males in would be a great place to give birth in. I was lucky in that I had literally just given them a good feed of FD bloodworm about 10 minutes earlier, so removing the males and leaving just the birthing mother in the tank was pretty easy, and as she's full she has no inclination to eat the fry. Although I'll probably remove her to another tank in the morning just to be on the safe side and make feeding/water quality maintenance easier. I was planning on putting her, two more yellow/orange females and two sibling yellow/orange snakeskin males in that tank - AFTER she'd birthed in the 3ft community tank. The question of the day is now how long do I have to wait to put the fry into the community tank so I can go back to my original plan of using this tank as a breeding one? how big is too big for the adult guppies to try and nom on them?? I've never really had this issue before as all my fry have been birthed in the community tank before this and I wasn't paying too much attention to them.
  2. Infantfish, you can always use the dud pack of BBS eggs to make BBS popcorn - my bettas and guppies used to love that! ah wow, my BBS hatching setup seems so....lazy compared to everyone else ;; I get a shallow rectangular tray (like the one icecubes go into in a freezer), add salty water, toss in some eggs and leave it in a sunny window for a day or two. usually get a really good hatching rate this way, and since I rarely have a lot of fry at any one time, suits me to a tee. That said, when I did have serious numbers of fry, I used to use 3-4 of these instead of one and had no problem getting enough to feed the young 'uns.
  3. Yeah I know, but at this point it doesn't really matter - the girls have been in there too long, so I'll just have to start seperating them out in the next gen :-/ And I also discovered that these boys and their sisters are much more prolific than the other types in the tank so my idea last night was to set up a 3ft grow out tank, put the yellow/orange snakeskins in one tank to breed and the black/white marbles in another, and then leave the wild types in the 3ft to do their thing. Just a basic set up, but as I'm low on space atm it's the best i can do. as I get set up more I can start separating out the ones I want to breed with for the wild types. And I was thinking of catching some local wild guppies from my grandmother's creek and setting them up in a tank/tub to see what I can do with them as well. not sure if they are native or if they got chucked in there by locals who didn't want to keep guppies anymore so it should be interesting at the very least.
  4. Thanks for the advice Serkan, I was hoping that since they contained endler DNA it might be possible to selectively breed for the traits and get something close to a purebred again - but oh well! they're extremely pretty in their own way, so I might just go from here and see what traits I can breed into a line Hahaha not bad considering that I pretty much ignored them for 12 months! I just don't get why we don't see more of these wild colourations about? they're certainly as pretty as a lot of the fancy varieties. I'd never even seen wild guppies that looked like this before, the one's in my grandmother's creek were all completely colourless. I'm guessing that If I want to continue the line, it may be best to try and find a spawn sister for these guys? I'm sure there are a few in the tank, just gotta try and find them. But how can I tell if the pair have mated? I was thinking of keeping 1 or 2 of the nicest males from my guppies in here, along with the yellow snakeskin and then if I could find them, maybe 4-6 of their sisters that don't appear pregnant. Maybe I should just set up another tank for the snake skin male and a pair of girls?? Ahhh so much to think about. unlike guppies, betta were much easier to keep track of who was mating with who and when. >_<;;
  5. Hi all, long long time no see! In the last 12 months I've just had guppies in my tanks and let them do what they do, to be honest they were just something cheap from the pet store to keep the tanks cycled and active. I started out with 6 (2M 4F) and now I have in the vicinity of 50-ish males and just a handful of girls. not bad considering, weird breeding though with the M2F ratio. However I noticed today that some of the guppies looked much smaller than the others and had interesting looking patterns and tails. When I went to the pet store for some matching females and explained what they looked like, I was told they could be an endler throw back if the original ones I had purchased were a hybrid. So my question is, could I potentially isolate the endler traits and essentially breed pure endlers from these guys? I know endlers are endangered so to me it would be something worth while if that's the case. I'll update with pictures as soon as I can, at the moment I'm trying to isolate the males with these traits in another tank to breed with the females I bought. Also, I deliberately brought what the pet store thought could be endler cross females and another possible endler cross male. I picked females that were pretty gravid so I won't have to wait long to clear out their fry into a growing tank (and then into the main tank later on) and start a proper breeding program. Looks like I may be setting up my spare 3ft tanks again at this rate LOL Cheers, Celeste Edit: I grabbed what photos I could - the little buggers are mighty fast, and the tank is still a bit cloudy from the water changes so I apologise in advance. As I cannot usually sex guppies very well, I'm unsure if the fish on the bottom left is a Juvenile male or a female, however either way it fits the breeding that I want to pursue with these. The yellow little guy with the snakeskin patterns is the male I bought, but his pattern under the snakeskin seems close to the ones I bred, which is why I bought him. As you can see, they're nothing like the common guppies you get in pet stores, and about half the size of the males I've brought before as well even though they seem fully grown. There are about 10 from my tanks that I put in here - I left a few back in the old tank so that they could keep breeding there just in case.
  6. how are these guys going stace???
  7. this is a boy: stripes/nests/etc... aren't always a good indication of sex. try shining a torch from behind and looking for ovaries (a triangular shape just behind their ventral fins).
  8. XD you won't believe this, but mr green (better known as "mr i-have-no-fins") is actually FLARING (no fins and all) at the RB guy XD it's so funny!
  9. basically, although a true bonsai will look identical to an adult betta and can even breed. they're perfect bettas, just petite.
  10. uwah!! that tank looks fantastic phil!! that log is in just the right spot and gives it a "wild garden" feel also love how you've got the plants leading your sight into the tank :D
  11. mmmh she's not a VT girl, her fins are too compact for that i'd say she's more likely to be PK, but you're right in saying that the fry will be VT either way you may get 50% PK though as VT often carry a PK gene :D
  12. love the maroon one in the second pic sunny sad to hear about your boys tho :<
  13. if that isn't his spawn brother then i'll be a monkey's uncle i wish mon would pose like that T_T
  14. i see fry!! yay!! good luck stace!! i can't wait to look after them :3
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