Guppies are pretty easy to take care of, but there are things that will help to make your experience caring for guppies a lot better. The following information is based on experience and research. This contains everything on guppies from breeding tips to habits and behavior. Enjoy.
It is very easy to breed guppies but it is still a good idea to learn something about it before you do it this will make you a better breeder and might even prevent you from making a mistake you don't want to make. When you are breeding guppies it is best that you do not get any other fish for that same tank because it's possible when your breeding guppies that your aquarium might become over populated for a certain period of time. You should call in advance with local pet stores to see if they except guppies from beginners that is if you haven't already decided what you are going to do with the guppies. Make sure the babies are separate from the adults because like most fish guppies will try to eat their babies. When you're breeding guppies it is best that you get one male and two females. That way the females will get a break from the male. After the female fish have babies once they will continue to have babies about once a month for about six months even if there is no longer a male in the aquarium. See the bottom of the web page for a complete guppy breeding check list. Guppies can have anywhere from 12- 100 offspring but keep in mind that the amount of offspring will start to get smaller as the female gets older.
Baby guppies are fun, friendly and cute little fish but you will need to know how to properly care for them. Knowing simple things like the proper amount to feed or when to release them from the nursery will make all the difference. I know from experience that it is safe to net new born fry and put them into the nursery. However it is not safe to put new born fry in a nursery with fry that are about two months or older if you do that the older fry will consume the new born fry within a matter of minutes. If you ever make that mistake it probably means the babies are ready to move out of the nursery but that is not at all the best way to determine if they are ready to move out of the nursery. There is no clear way to tell when a baby guppy is ready to move out of the nursery but it is probably safe to move them out of the nursery when they are about two and a half - three months old this is also the time when they will start to develop color. As they develop you might see some fry that have their tail pointing at a strange angle what you are seeing is a spine problem it is best if you find a place to put the undesirables such as a separate tank. This will prevent them from mating with the other guppies. However if you know someone in your family or a friend who is willing to take them for their tank that's even better. The spine damage might go away as the guppy turns into an adult.
The varieties of guppies are endless there's the lure tail guppy and the fancy guppy, the tequila sunrise guppy and the king cobra guppy and many more. Selective breeding is all about developing new varieties of guppies someone could create a kind of guppy with a leopard patterned tail and a yellow and green body. Anything is possible.
Guppies where discovered in Trinidad in 1866 by Robert John Lechmere Guppy. The fish was named Girardinus guppy in his honor by Albert C. L. G. Gunther later that year. Guppies are native to south and Central America. The scientific name is Poecilia reticulata.
Guppies are omnivores which means that they should be fed both meat based food and algae based food. Standard tropical fish flakes work best. The water should be kept around 72- 82 F. Guppies can grow up to 2.5" in adult size. They are fresh water community fish so they can be kept with other social/ semi social freshwater fish (except for fish that tend to be fin nippers). Their minimum tank size is ten gallons.
The photo above shows both male and female guppies. The grey fish with an orange tale is a female fancy guppy. The small and more colorful fish next to the female is a young male lyre tail guppy. The slim fish with the bright blue tale is a male lyre tail guppy. The fish close to the nursery is a young female guppy I have not yet determined what strain of guppy she is she is quit pretty but she is an undesirable but the spine damage is not to severe. The fish under the male lyre tail guppy is a female fancy guppy.
Keeping an aquarium means that there will be things that you will have to do every day to keep your aquarium in balance. You will need to remember to do the following every day: turn off the aquarium lights when you go to bed (it is best if the aquarium lights are on for no more than eight hours to prevent algae from growing. Try only turning it on when it starts to get dark), feed the fish as many times as the instructions say to, check the thermometer to make sure that the aquarium is the right temperature, Check for fry.
1st place goes to website member Mema for this drawing of a koi fish
2nd place goes to Shmuel T. for this drawing of a school of clown fish.
Fry food (for example First Bites)
Fish only bucket (if you have two tanks then two buckets makes water changing easier)
Fish foodAlgae scrubber
Tank for female guppies
Tank for male guppies
Aquarium lid and lights (two)
Books on guppies (or other sources)
Treats for fish (such as freeze dried blood worms) (optional)
Two female guppies
One male guppy
Two bags of gravel (any color)
Show what you know
1. How many females do you need to start breeding?
A. One female
B. Two females
C. Five females
2. Who discovered guppies?
A. Abraham Lincoln
B. Robert John Lechmere Guppy
C. King Kong
3. Where and when were guppies found?
A. Trinidad 1866
B. Missouri 2011
C. Canada 1984
4. How many males do you need to start breeding?
A. One male
B. Six males
C. Three males
5. How many offspring can a female produce in a single batch?
A. 40- 300
B. 12- 100
C. 1,000- 3,000
6. What is the word for a baby fish?
7. How long does it take for guppies to reach adult hood?
A. Five years
B. Three hours
C. Six months
8. How long does a guppy live?
A. One year
B. 2-3 years
C. Five seconds
9. Where is a guppy native to?
C. South and central America
10. Why should you keep the aquarium lights on for no more than eight hours a day?
A. To prevent algae from growing
B. Because the fish would get sunburned
C. Because the guppies don't like light
*Answers at the bottom of the website.
Many of you might be wondering where to go when you want to save money on your aquariums. So I will now share my secret on getting an aquarium bargain. Instead of going to a pet store to buy an aquarium go to a thrift store or resale shop. This way you’re more likely to find what you’re looking for at a lower price. The aquarium should contain a working heater, a lid, a net, a working filter and gravel. Sometimes the aquarium you find might not have gravel or a net. In that situation it is ok to go ahead and purchase the aquarium because the things it is missing only costs about 1- 12 dollars. Something you have to consider is the price of the aquarium. for example if the tank you are looking at costs $25 and has a working filter and heater, gravel, a lid, hiding spots and a net then of course you're going to buy it, but let's say the aquarium costs $40 and has a heater, a hiding spot, a lid and a net you might want to think about it depending on how much filters cost at your local pet store might affect the overall amount you'll spend on your aquarium. Another thing you can do to save money is instead of buying aquarium backgrounds from the store make your own. All you need is poster board and something to draw with. i find that colored pencils work best. .1 Mesure the hight and length of your aquarium. .2 Cut the posterboard so that it's the size of the aquarium. .3 Draw your backgound on the poster board. .4 Put your background behind the fish tank. make sure it fits properly. If not try to cut off a little at the top so that it fits underneth the filter.
Recommended books: the DK book THE COMPLETE AQUARIUM by Peter W. Scott, GUPPIES by Mozart Homer, Guppies by Harris Jack C., A Guide to Freshwater Aquariums by Mike Wickham.
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