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The Guppy is one of the most well-known and popular aquarium fish for both beginners and seasoned aquarists alike.
They add plenty of colour to tanks, are peaceful, relatively cheap and very easy to maintain.
Depending on conditions and genetics, female guppies can grow up to 3-4cm, while male guppies to 3.5cm. They reach full-size maturity in about six months.
They do not produce much bio-load, so they do not need much space to live. However to keep them healthy you need offer them a minimum amount of space.
In the aquarium hobby there is a very common method of calculating how many fish you can keep in an aquarium: 2.5cm fish / 4L of water.
If you follow the above rule, in a 20L aquarium you can keep up to 3-4 guppies.
You can increase the number of fish you put in your aquarium if you add filtration and live plants. Filtration and live plants will help eliminate the toxic fish waste from the water column, this way you can keep more fish without the need of changing the water very often.
Having filtration and plants in your guppy tank will not save you from changing the water. You still need to do your weekly water changes, to keep the fish healthy, but you can keep a bigger stock of fish in the same amount of water.
Now that you know how many guppies you can put into your aquarium, you need to choose the male to female ration.
This is very important, because male guppies chase female guppies all the time to reproduce. Female guppies can be exhausted in this process. So it is wise to choose a 1 to 3 ratio,ÃÂÃÂ one male to three females. This will give the females enough time to rest and recover.
You can also setup a males-only or females-only guppy tank. This way you will avoid all the harassment of the females and overpopulation of your aquarium. Guppies that are not reproducing can live a longer life.
Guppies prefer harder water. Usually the water hardness increases with the pH level. In most areas the tap water has a pH of 7.6, which is perfect for keeping guppies.
However be careful when using tap water for your fish. Tap water usually contains chlorine and chloramine, which is low quantities, is not harmful for human use, but can cause significant damage in your fish, or even death.
Feeding fish is always fun, especially guppies. When approaching your aquarium, all the guppies will gather to the surface, waiting for food.
Guppies accept a high variety of food. You can give them vegie flakes, spirulina tabs, frozen food and live food. When you are feeding your guppies, make sure you offer them a variety of food in order to keep them healthy and colourful. Feeding them once a day is enough. You can also feed them multiple times, but avoid giving them too much food. Offer them only the amount of food they can eat in about one minute.
Overfeeding is the most common problem of fish death. Feeding your fish too much food, will result into ammonia spike, which is highly toxic for your fish.
Guppies requireÃÂÃÂ a heater, unless you live in a tropical climate. Guppies are tropical fish. They are originating from the Amazon River, where the annual maximum temperature is 32ÃÂÃÂ°c and the minimum is 23ÃÂÃÂ°c. If you keep your fish in your home, most likely your room temperature will be lower in the winter. This temperature can be tolerated by your guppies; however you are exposing them to diseases. It is highly recommend getting a heater, because your fish will suffer from low water temperature.
- Species ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Poecilia reticulata
- Common Name ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Guppy
- Origin ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ South America, particularly in countries such as Brazil, Barbados, and Guyana.
- Diet ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Omnivorous
- PH Range ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ 6.8 ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ 7.8
- Temperature ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Tropical and Coldwater 22ÃÂÃÂ°c ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ 28ÃÂÃÂ°c
- Breed Type ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Livebearer
- Current Size ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ approximately 3cm (Grows up to approximately 4-6cm)
- Sex ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Un-sexed