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Fancy Guppies are a breed of tropical fish that are common in hobbyist aquarium fish-keeping. These fish are live-bearing fish and breed readily when provided basic aquarium living conditions. These fish have the ability to reproduce and create communities of fish that last for generations. The parents are prone to eating their young however when placed into heavily planted tanks or a pregnant female into a breeding net, it is possible to accumulate large communities of these fish.
Guppies come in a large number of varieties can have many different colors of tail and body. The males are generally more colorful than the females. These fish can be red, green, blue, yellow, purple, black, white; it is possible to get almost any variation you want, even create your own variations through selective breeding.
Scientific Name: Poecilia Reticulata
Minimum Tank Size: Advanced aquariasts can keep these fish happy and healthy in tanks as small as 5 gallons for a pair. The young may be raised in tanks as small as 2.5 gallons and a group can live a long healthly life in a 10 gallon tank.
Temperature Range: 64-82 (°F) Fahrenheit - 17.78-27.78 (°C) Celsius
Maximum Size: 2" Inches
Diet: Omnivore, Tropical Fish Flakes, Freeze-Dried Fish Food, Brine-Shrimp
Breeding: Easy, Live-Bearer
Origin: Central America
General Care: Easy
Community Fish: Yes
Tank Mates to Avoid: Agreesive Fish and Fin-Nippers should be avoided at all costs
Overall, these are great fish for novice hobbists to keep. They make a beautiful addition to planted tanks with non-aggressive tankmates. Because of their long flowing tales, they are among the most peaceful fish you can add to an aquarium period.
How to Raise Fancy Guppy Fry and Care for Pregnant Females
How do I know when my Guppy is Pregnant?
A pregnant female guppy will have a large or swollen abdomen. This is perfectly natural. She will give birth e...
How can I tell the difference between a Male and Female Guppy?
Males are generally very colorful with long flowing fins and a pointed anal fin while females are gray or...
How can I get my baby guppies to grow quickly?
Feed them on a steady diet of brine shrimp, daphnia and crush or even pulverized flake food or dried food. The...