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Scientific Name:   Poecilia reticulata      
Min. Tank Size:   15 Gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   72-82°F      
pH:   7.0-8.5/5-25°dGH      
Size:   2.5"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Livebearer      


Can be kept in community tanks with other Livebearers, Rasboras, Tetras, Corydoras and Catfish; should not be kept with species prone to fin nipping.


One of the most popular types of aquarium fish in the world, Guppies are also one of the easiest species to keep. These fish are easily recognizable by the brightly colored and elongated fins in males of the species. While female Guppies tend to be more dull in coloration, they may still exhibit some color and patterning on the caudal fin. These fish are native to South America where they can be found in Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela and in several Caribbean islands. This species is highly adaptable and can be found in a variety of environments including high-altitude streams, swamps and even brackish areas. Selective breeding has produced many variations of vibrant fin colors and the original wild form of this species is rarely seen in the hobby.

Tank Set-up

In the home aquarium, Guppies are not fussy in regard to tank conditions. These fish will thrive in heavily planted tanks with hard water - soft, acidic water and strong water movement should be avoided. An ideal aquarium setup would be well-lit with dense planting along the sides and back. Allow plenty of open space in the center for swimming. Floating plants would also be a nice addition to this setup.Guppies are very peaceful fish that make excellent additions to the community tank, but they may fall prey to fin nipping by certain species of Barb and Tetra.


In the wild, Guppies feed primarily on insects but, in captivity, are not very picky and will accept most foods. To ensure that your Guppies receive the proper nutrition, offer them a variety of frozen, live and freeze-dried foods as a supplement to a staple flake food diet. A varied diet will help promote optimum health and coloration.


Guppies are notoriously prolific breeders, often breeding in the community tank. Breeding can be encouraged by keeping the tank well-planted and by keeping several females for each male in the tank. The typical gestation period for guppies lasts between 4 and 6 weeks, after which anywhere from 5 to 100 fry will be born.

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