Yes, a dead guppy can give birth. If the guppy dies right before birth, some fry are usually able to survive. However, if the guppy dies in the middle of the pregnancy and the fry are not ready to spawn, the fry will generally not survive.
The death of a breeding guppy is sometimes inevitable due to old age or genetics. However, there are some things you can do to prevent your pregnant or birthing guppies from dying, including:
- Prevent in-breeding
- Keep their stress level as low as possible
- Feed them high-quality food
- Ensure the tank’s cleanliness
- Maintain optimal water condition