If you’re looking for a fish that is easy to care for and has adorable offspring, then look no further than the guppy! These energetic little beauties are not only fun-loving but require minimal effort on your part.
They don’t need any special food; they thrive off of regular store bought fare such as flakes or pellets, just be sure it’s high quality with lots of protein so your aquatic kids grow up healthy an happy.
If you’re hoping to keep your aquarium filled with these little beauties then there’s one thing that will help- learning how to breed them and caring for their fry.
Choose the Best Guppies for Breeding
When choosing Guppies for breeding purposes, it is often best to go with a proper breeder, instead of just a pet shop. These fish are often of higher quality and have better variety of colors for you to select. Other than that, it is best to go with healthy fish, that have desirable colors and traits that you like, since this will obviously influence what their fry will look like.
How to Tell the Sex of a Guppy
Once your Guppies are adults, you can tell their sex by taking a look at colour. Males are usually brightly coloured in comparison with their female counterparts, who are usually a lot duller in colour.
Males also have a thinner, linger anal fin, which is another easy way to tell them apart. In addition, Males are also typically smaller than females, and they are lacking the gravid spot that females have. These are just a few ways to tell your fish apart. Guppies are actually fairly easy to tell apart, unlike some fish that can be more challenging to sex.
Guppies are great pets, since they do not typically get sick very often. They are quite robust, which is a reason they are popular with new fish owners.
One issue that they can get, is problems with their tails, where any nips can spread and leave their tails torn and infected, which can be difficult to fully heal.
They can also get Ich, where small dots can grow and appear on their bodies. This makes them uncomfortable and itchy and you will see them rubbing themselves. This can be easily treated with medication, but it is important to look out for this in your tank, so that you can medicate them properly.
To prevent any guppies diseases, it is best to make sure you keep the water conditions at peak levels, change your water regularly and make sure your quarantine any new fish or objects before introducing them into the tank. Another important thing to remember is to not overcrowd your tank, and to keep their stress levels are low as possible. Read more information on AquariumFishCity.
Common Asked Questions
How Large Do Guppies Grow?
Guppies typically grow between 1-2 inches. Males can get as big as 1 ½ inches, while females can get up to 2 inches long.
Average Cost of Guppies?
Guppies can cost anywhere from $0.10 each, and up to $25 for very fancy varieties from a breeder.
Do guppies eat their own babies?
Guppies do, unfortunately, eat their own fry. This is why it is typically not recommended to leave fry in the same tank as adult Guppies, as they will likely be eaten, even by the parents of the fry. When they reach sexual maturity, or a little before that, you can re-introduce them back into the main tank (providing it is big enough).
Guppies keep dying?
Guppies do not usually live for very long, to start with. The maximum life of a Guppy is five years, but this is incredibly unusual. Guppies are more likely to live for one year, with three years being considered quite old for your Guppies. Consider when you got them and how old they were when you got them.
Another common reason is pollutants in the tank. Make sure that you offer quality filtration, good water, PH balance and other environmental factors to keep them healthy and living for a long time.