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Guppy Fish Care | Tank, Types, Food

Guppy Fish Best Aquarium, Care, Types, Food, Life Spawn, Tank Mates

Is there a single fish tank lover that has never kept a guppy fish in his life? I’m sure there isn’t. Why? First of all, they are very beautiful, with attractive colors and on the other side, they are very easy to care. You don’t need a big aquarium and the investment it’s not big like with some other fish types. That’s why guppies are the most popular beginner aquarium fishes.

In addition to this, there are very few diseases that they can catch, the most frequent one is a fungus infection. However, if you take care of them, it’s very unlikely for them to develop this.

The guppy (Poecilia reticulata), also known as million fish and rainbow fish. In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about Guppy fish

Guppy Fish Tank

It’s a known fact that males are much smaller than females. However, Guppy Fish don’t take up a lot of space. Therefore, you don’t need a large aquarium. The most important fact to remember is that the golden rule is one guppy per gallon of water. Thus, if you have a handful of these amazing fish, you can consider a tank that is small enough to fit on your desk. This means that purchasing these requires a little investment.

The bigger tank the better, because soon you will have little babies that will grow fast and will match the size of their parents in 3 to 4 months. Their bioload is very small so you can keep them in a small aquarium and can have fewer water changes.

Additionally, they can also be kept in community tanks.

Guppy Fish Care

You must put your fancy guppy fishes in the cycled aquarium. To do that you can seed your tank with beneficial bacteria to speed up the cycling process, or you can take some filter pad from your friend’s aquarium and put it yours. Their bioload is not huge but at the beginning, you should go with 30% weekly water changes.

If you can change it two times in a week with 15% each it would be great. Don’t go with more than 30% at once because you can stress the fishes with the new water if it is with different Ph or Kh levels. One month later you will be good with 20% weekly water changes.

In order to have good quality water for your guppy fishes, you will need good aquarium filter. You don’t need to throw your money on expensive ones. You just need a filter to collect the waste that will be produced and for cultivating beneficial bacteria. You will be good with sponge filter but I would go with external — hang on filter or if you can afford best choice is canister filter.

They are not fussy about what they eat. However, Guppies are usually over-fed by inexperienced people. The reason for this is because they are fast learners and they quickly understand how to beg for food at the surface. They mature in 10 to 20 weeks and can live up to 2 years.

The water inside of the tank should have a pH level above 7.0. Ideal Ph ideal is from 7.5 to 8.0. You can find a pH testing kit at your local pet store or you can order online.

They like hard waters. Gh should be in a range between 8 and 12. There are so many tests but I’m using an API test the time because it is the best value for the money and also you have all the 6 tests that you need.

The temperature of the water should range between 75-degrees to 82-degrees Fahrenheit. That’s why you must provide your tank with a proper heater. Also, they don’t want fluctuation in the water temperatures otherwise will not be healthy.

Furthermore, Guppies require proper aquarium lighting to grow healthy. They usually swim in the middle and near the top. You have to find the perfect light condition, as a dim light will form deformities in their spine and too much light will damage their health.

They are not fussy about what they eat. However, Guppies are usually over-fed by inexperienced people. The reason for this is because they are fast learners and they quickly understand how to beg for food at the surface. They mature in 10 to 20 weeks and can live up to 2 years.

Guppy Fish Care

Guppy Fish Types

As mentioned, females are bigger than males. However, males are more colorful and slender. The females grow approximately up to 2 inches and males around 1.5 cm. It’s very easy to distinguish between them as the male’s tails are much more colorful and they have a longer tail than females do. In addition to this, a male’s body is much more colorful. Therefore, it’s inevitable that males will cost much more than females.

There are 3 main characteristics that are dividing guppies:

Guppy Fish Food

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Guppy Fishes are omnivores. They will eat a wide variety of foods in the wild. However, if you want them to live a long life, you would want to go beyond the flakes and pellets that you can get at the local pet store or online. You should consider feeding them frozen dried foods such as brine, shrimp, bloodworms or daphnia.

Some people have claimed that they have gone to the extreme with feeding them vegetables such as lettuce and cucumber. However, it’s essential that you remember not to over-feed them as it can be fatal. They should be fed only a couple of times a day, in very small amounts. If you are not at home often you can use automatic fish feeder. 

Guppy fish Lifespan

If you take good care of them, the average lifespan of a guppy is 2 to 3 years. In the wild maximum, they can live up to 2 years. There is a rumor that if you keep them in a low water temperature they can live longer (their metabolism will be slow in cold water) but I’m not sure is it true. I personally want them to be happy and I’m not experimenting with low-temperature level.

Guppy Fish Tank Mates

As you may know, they like to play and chase each other. As long as their fins are intact you shouldn’t worry about it. The most common fish that they are put with are Molly Fish, Platies, and Gouramis. You can also place them with Red Cherry Shrimp, Nerite Snails, and African Dwarf Frog.

You should avoid Angelfish as when they grow, they will attack the Guppy Fish. As well as, Cichlids are very aggressive fish and they tend to have an appetite for smaller fish. Also, avoid barbs because they will attack them and your guppies won’t be happy

Guppy Fish for sale

The guppy fish price is around $10 each (fancy design) and there are plenty of them all over Amazon or at your local pet stores. You can find guppies in every Local Fish Store. Before you buy, I’m suggesting you go in three or four stores because you will see where are the best quality ones. Also, the price can be very different from store to store so you don’t want to throw your money for low-quality ones

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Guppy Fish Breading

Guppies are live-bearers — They give birth to free-swimming young’s. Female guppy can deliver approximately 40 fry. There are rumors that the record is up to 240 fry but I am not sure if this is true. After you see that the female is pregnant you should put her in Breeders net. If you keep fish babies in a separate tank and feed those frequently with small portions food they will get bigger in a short time. Although if you can feed them with live food (anthemia, baby brine shrimp) also some of the babies will grow faster than the other one and that is very natural.

Guppy Fish Facts

  • Males are much more colorful and fancier than the females. 
  • Females are bigger and their body is much more round than the males. Also, they have a different fin on the bottom of their body. 
  • Females have triangle fin and the male ones have stick fin. 
  • The number of females should be two to three times larger than the number of male fish. If you don’t respect this rule there will be aggressive fights between the males and they will be prone to losing their beauty. 
  • You can go with all the males in your fish tank if you want. 
  • They can be found on every continent except Antarctica. 
  • They were named after Robert L.J Guppy

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