Guppy Care Level : Easy, good for freshwater beginners when you have only one sex. This fish will breed easily in your tank if you plan on keeping males and females in the same tank.
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This page is an ultimate guide on raising Guppies with answers on common problems, pictures and care-related information! If you'd like to share your own experiences regarding keeping Guppies let's check the bottom of this article where you can find a form for those who are willing to share experiences, tips and information - or ask questions too! Also visit the following pages: Guppy - Poecilia reticulata profile with pictures and forum, FAQ, Care and Origin, Raising Guppies, Endler's guppy.
Never put a Guppy into a small fish bowl! Fish bowls are known to cause orientation problems and fish in small fish bowls use to die in a short time! If for some reason there is no chance to avoid a bowl, try to get one that's as big as possible - Preferably 60 litres (15.85 US gallon, 13.20 Imperial gallon) or bigger. In addition, create rows and use decorations such as driftwood or caves in order to help the fish to orientate.
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Guppies are tropical fish and the water temperatures need to be in the mid 70s at minimum. When buying a heater figure on needing 5 watts of energy to heat 1 gallon of water. All Guppy fish call out for tropical water conditions of 74-82 degrees Fahrenheit. I hear about horror stories of heaters cracking and killing the fish… I always advise buying a descent name brand heater for that reason. Just look for a top rated or best seller.
When you first started your guppy hobby most likely you started out with a few fish and one or two tanks, and have become so involved in this hobby that you really want to expand upon it. You may be able to do this by turning your guppy hobby into […]
Since guppies are very social fish, they shouldn’t be kept alone. Raising them in a community tank with peaceful fish is OK too, however Guppies are known to be fin nippers. Fish with attractive fins (Siamese fighting fish for example) may suffer if kept with Guppies, thus avoid raising such species together. Only fish that know how to strike back in case they’re harassed should be kept with these active livebearers because Guppies often follow other fish and try to “play” with them.
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On a light hearted note a questioned was raised: A question from a 9 year old hobbyist asks- I have a 10-gallon guppy aquarium. Can you please tell me why the fish in an aquarium don’t bump into the glass all the time? Can they sec it somehow?
Gender : Easy to determine. The male will have the larger, more colorful tails.
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For an experienced fish keeper, I would say you could keep anywhere from 10-15 guppies in 10 gallons of water. But because your a beginner, I would advise starting small. If you figure the general rule of thumb of 1 inch of fish per every gallon of water… that puts you at around 5-8 guppies. As you progress with experience, you can keep more in one tank.
I kept filming, and just after the end of the video, I saw that two of the babies sitting at the bottom of the breeder looked different, like they were stuck together. I got close to the glass and realized that it was two babies- kind of. There were two heads, but just one body. It was a two- headed baby guppy fry, and it was alive! On a side note: has anyone ever kept snails as tank mates? Like Nerite snails or other types?
You can start with minimal investment of time and equipment by purchasing a small breeding tank. This is a smaller plastic tank that fits in the top of your aquarium it has a V-shaped plastic “funnel”.
Once inseminated, female guppies can store sperm in their ovaries and gonoducts, which can continue to fertilize ova up to eight months. Because of the sperm-storage mechanism, males are capable of posthumous reproduction, meaning the female mate can give birth to the male's offspring long after the male's death, which contributes significantly to the reproductive dynamics of the wild guppy populations.
Many people visit aqua-fish.net in order to ask about their Guppies as can be seen under the article, therefore we’ve compiled the most asked questions and answered them here:
Posted by Delilah: Ok, so here is the story: Lemon Drop was in labor, so I figured I would make a video for the site. I started filming, and saw (and you can see too, in the video) her have one baby guppy fry that swam off. Second, after another push, a baby that was still in its egg casing (they usually break out of the egg after a second or two, so that is normal) popped out, and I did not notice anything special (until later). I use an air pump with a sponge filter in my fry tanks.
If you plan on keeping the babies your fish have then you should use a breeder box. It’s a small plastic box that you put in the aquarium and it floats. As the babies fall out of the female during birth they fall into a small section of the box that larger fish can’t get into.
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The most common tankmates to keep with guppies are molly fish, platies, Gouramis, and other guppies. I hear of people keeping other fish with them but you just have to watch the fish carefully. The rules can always be bent at times with some fish but its safest to stick with same temperament fish.
Guppies are fast swimmers and they like to chase each other at times. It may seem like aggression but it’s pretty normal. Unless there are actual fins being nipped away.. then there isn’t any harm in it. Another case to beware of is NON-STOP chasing to where the fish never lets it end. What can also help to fix this is to heavily decorate your tank with plants and decor so that fish can run and hide from the bully.
Female guppies mate again more actively and delay the development of a brood when the anticipated second mate is more attractive than the first male. Experiments show that remating females prefer a novel male to the original male or a brother of the original male with similar phenotypes. Females' preference for novel males in remating can explain the excessive phenotypic polymorphism in male guppies.
Guppy Breeding : Livebearers and not very hard to breed. If you have males and females, chances are you will eventually have guppy babies. Parents will eat their young if not separated. Read the breeding guppies article for more information if you have a pregnant guppy or guppy fry.
Guppy Fish, Fancy Guppy The Guppy is perhaps the most popular freshwater tropical fish species. A great tropical fish for freshwater aquarium fish beginners, the Guppy is a very hardy tropical fish that is also a very prolific breeder. The male guppy is easy to distinguish from the female guppy because the male is usually more colorful with extremely colorful and large caudal fins (tails). The female is usually larger, thicker bodied, with less color and a smaller cuadal fin (tail).
I gave my betta a good name for him (I was guessing that it was a him, couldn’t tell yet) Cerberus, as Cerberus was the first multi- headed creature I thought of. I know, the legendary Cerberus had three heads, and was a dog, but it is still a fitting name.
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Since this species breeds like rabbits, good ratio of males and females is 1:3.
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You have spent a lot of time at developing the perfect environment for your guppies and all of a sudden they are appearing to be unhealthy, in fact, several of them are dying. You have done a great deal of research to try and determine what potential disease that they […]
Your pet store (or walmart) sells what is called “water conditioner” and you need to add this product to the water that comes out of the faucet in your household. What this conditioner does is make the water safe for the fish. Water that comes directly out of you home faucet has chemicals in it like chlorine and etc. Read this thread.
Another important aspect of raising Guppies is their ability to store sperm for months. It isn’t unusual to see a female fish giving birth even 6-8 months after she lives separately from males.
Guppies exhibit sexual dimorphism. While wild-type females are grey in body color, males have splashes, spots, or stripes that can be any of a wide variety of colors. The size of guppies vary, but males are typically 1.5–3.5 cm (0.6–1.4 in) long, while females are 3–6 cm (1.2–2.4 in) long.
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