Max Size: 4cm

Ginga Rubra Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

Ginga Rubra Guppies are a unique looking, colourful, active and hardy species, making them excellent fish for the beginner aquarist as well as a novelty for advanced aquarists.

These Guppies are very peaceful and make excellent members of a community aquarium. However, you must ensure that you do not keep these fish with much larger or more boisterous fish that may see them as a snack.

Ginga Rubras do not have any special requirements when it comes to water parameters and can be housed in any aquarium. However, they seem to thrive and look far more natural in a well-planted aquarium.

Ginga Rubra Guppies have blonde bodies that display reddish-pink bar like blotches on them. In addition, their dorsal and caudal fins possess a snake-like pattern on them, although this patterning and colour are only present in males. Most males are short-tailed; however, there are also some individuals that have a bottom sword or a double swordtail.

Ginga Rubra Guppy (Poecilia reticulata) Video

Ginga Rubra Guppies (Poecilia reticulata) Aquarium Fish Species Profile & Care Guide


Ginga Rubra Guppy
Ginga Rubra Guppy
Ginga Rubra Guppy
Ginga Rubra Guppy
Quick Facts
Scientific NamePoecilia reticulata
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelAll Levels
Best kept asGroups 5+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.5 - 8.5
GH8 - 20
65 - 85℉
18.3 - 29.4℃


In the home aquarium, the Ginga Rubra Guppy 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.

Tank Mates

1 interesting tank mate ideas for the Ginga Rubra Guppy could include:

Celestial Pearl Danio(Danio margaritatus)

Sexual Dimorphism

It's simple to differentiate between male and female Ginga Rubras once they reach sexual maturity, which is usually around 2 to 5 months.

Males are usually more intensely coloured and have obvious patterning compared to females. Males will also have a modified anal fin that is narrower and longer than the females. In contrast, females are larger and are usually a duller colour than males and have a gravid spot just behind the anal fin, which will get noticeably darker when pregnant.

Other Guppies of interest

Fancy Guppies(Poecilia reticulata)
Melanzona Guppy(Poecilia parae)
Picta Swamp Guppy(Micropoecilia picta)
Date Added: 24/08/2021 11:17:17 - Updated: 19/01/2022 14:50:03