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Fancy Guppies (Poecilia reticulata)

The Guppy, also known as million fish, is one of the worlds most widely circulated tropical freshwater fish and one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish species for both beginners and experienced hobbyists alike.

Guppies are beautiful fish and add plenty of colour to tanks; they are peaceful, active, relatively cheap and very easy to maintain and can be kept with many different species.

There are almost 300 different varieties of Guppies. They come in all different colours; some are solid in colour, others have a pattern over their main body, some are metallic looking, and they also come in different sizes.

Guppies have a variety of different fins and tails in solid or different colour patterns. This species also have other shaped tails such as Fan-shaped, triangular-shaped, sword-shaped, flag-shaped, spade-shaped, rounded, spear-shaped or lyretails.

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Crown Tail Guppy
Sunset Guppy
Half Black Pastel Guppy
Endler/Guppy Hybrid
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Albino Pastel Blue Guppy
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Panda Guppy
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Wild Guppy
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Lyretail Guppy
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Yellow Cobra Guppy
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Quick Facts
Scientific NamePoecilia reticulata
Other NamesMillion Fish
ClassificationActinopterygii
OrderCyprinodontiformes
FamilyPoeciliidae
GenusPoecilia
Origins
TemperamentPeaceful
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner
ShoalingNo
Best kept asGroups 5+
DietOmnivore
Reproductionlivebearer
Lifespan2 - 3.5
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.7 - 8.5
GH10 - 20
Temperature
66 - 84℉
18.9 - 28.9℃

Feeding

In the home aquarium, the Fancy Guppies will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It's straightforward to sex these fish once they reach sexual maturity, usually around 2 - 5 months.

Males are usually more intense, brighter and bolder in colour than females, and they have a modified anal fin which is longer and narrower than the females.

The females are larger and tend to be a duller colour, and have a gravid spot just behind the anal fin, which will get darker when pregnant.

Other Guppies of interest

Ginga Rubra Guppy(Poecilia reticulata)
Melanzona Guppy(Poecilia parae)
Picta Swamp Guppy(Micropoecilia picta)
Date Added: 22/06/2020 - Updated: 27/04/2022 12:42:38