Guppy


Poecilic reticulata

The guppy is one of the most popular f aquarium fish in the world. It is a livebearer, meaning it gives birth to live fry. Because of their ease in breeding, many people choose guppies as the first fish they wish to breed. They prefer hard water, and are even occasionally kept in brackish and marine aquariums, because of their very high tolerance for salinity. Guppies come in a variety of color morphs, because they are easy to breed and have been bred for a long time. A guppy's gender is defined by the shape of it's anal fin. Females have a fan-shaped anal fin, and males have a pointed anal fin. The pointed anal fin allows the male to fertilize the female with his sperm. Do not let their small size fool you, guppies are a very active fish that need plenty of room to swim. No less than 10 gallons is reccommended for keeping happy, healthy guppies. A 10 gallon tank can hold 4-5, but make sure there are at least 2 females for every male, because the males are relentless, and will harass the females until they die of exaustion. When there are enough females, the male has more "targets," and the females will get some resting time.

Maximum size: females-2 inches, males 1.5 inches

Minimum tank size: 10 gallons

Water requirements: 76-85° F, hard water is prefered, but will adapt to any water chemistry

Breeding: livebearers

 

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