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Increasing Guppy Population?

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#1 BettaPonic


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 02:53 AM

I have my population of genetics and do not want to start over. I isolated two of the three females left to keep them from being harassed. How can I increase the female population? My females get curved spines and die. The males show no problems though. How can I save my Guppies? I ordered some anti parasite food and de stressor. I also plan on using some of the males to start back up populations.

#2 LDick


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:15 AM

Welcome to the ALA forums, BettaPonic!


It seems like your female guppies may have a dietary deficiency that is causing this bent spine syndrome.  I did a bit of research on this, and found the following information:


Except for vitamin D deficiency, very little is known about fish deficiency diseases. The very nature of their natural food almost warrants they receive all the known vitamins, but under artificial conditions they could conceivably have a deficiency. Mineral deficiencies are doubtless common, a fact we can determine knowing the inadequate diets often fed to guppies.
A disease caused by a deficiency of calcium or phosphorus or vitamin D; one, two or all three. A crooked spine and the resulting bend in the fish's body is the usual evidence, although the unfortunate humpback can live and even reproduce. It is not a pleasant sight among the fishes of the aquarium.
 Proper lighting can prevent D deficiency; the active rays affect ergosterol in the skin of the fish and change it to the irradiated form which is vitamin D. Sometimes whole aquariums will show bent spines but generally only a few of the fishes are affected. There is no treatment; it is all a matter of prevention which is primarily a matter of proper feeding of a complete diet.




I hope this information helps you with your females!


Best fishes,


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