Adult Size: 1-2″
Minimum Tank Volume: 25 litres
Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Ideal pH: 7.2-8
Lifespan: Up To 2.5 Years
Guppies are one of the most popular fish in the hobby today. They have been selectively bred for countless generations to produce all sorts of colour and pattern combinations. Guppies are a livebearing species. This means that they give birth to fully formed live young and do not lay eggs. They are closely related to Mollies, Platies and Swortails and they originate from the Caribbean Islands.
One of the Guppy’s most obvious features is the large, elaborate tail of the males. Tankmates must be chosen carefully and species prone to fin-nipping must be avoided. The most common of these are Angelfish and Tiger barbs. Caution should also be used with Siamese Fighters (Betta splendens) as they often mistake Guppies for smaller males of their own species and will normally behave aggressively towards them. Good tankmates would be other small livebearers such as Endlers as well as any other small, peace loving fish. Shrimps are often kept with Guppies as neither species poses a threat to the other.
Guppies are omnivores and show a preference towards small livefoods such as daphnia. Most quality flakes and micro pellets are accepted.
Guppies are well known for being fantastic breeders. If the tank conditions are correct and both sexes are kept together, these fish will almost certainly reproduce. We always advise keeping more females than males as this allows the females to rest after giving birth. The young (numbering from 10 to 30) are born after around 4 weeks and are fully independent. It is best to keep any heavily pregnant females in a breeding trap so that the babies do not get eaten by other tank mates. Once the young reach 12mm, they can usually be put back into the main aquarium.