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aka: Common Guppy, Fancy Guppy, Guppies, Millionfish, Mosquito fish, & Rainbow fish
Guppies are a hardy, colorful, livebearing fish that will add excitement and brilliance to any community aquarium! Guppies stay small, usually under 2 or 2.5″ in length and will add interest and color to the small community aquarium. Perfect for beginners to advance hobbyists.
So many unique color strains have been developed through selective breeding over the years. Crossing any number of our varieties will produce a multitude of other color strains.
The Guppy (Poecilia reticulata) are a highly adaptable species that can survive and thrive in environments that many other tropical fish species would be unable to tolerate. Although the natural range of Poecilia reticulata is in northeast South America, they have been introduced into habitats around the world for various purposes but mostly for mosquito control. Guppies are native to Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Brazil, Guyana, Jamaica, the Netherlands Antilles, Trinidad & Tobago, The U.S. Virgin Islands & Venezuela.
Guppies are very hardy and because of their hardiness and tolerance to salt water, they have populated not only their natural range but also many brackish water rivers & streams. Wild guppies tend to be more abundant in the pools of smaller streams than in the larger, deeper water, fast flowing rivers of their range.
Wild Guppies are usually grey in body coloration however, wild males can have spots, stripes, or splashes of different colors over their grey bodies.
Male guppies are much smaller than females, however their dorsal and caudal fins are always much longer and more colorful. Female guppies are larger, more drab in color and do not possess the ornamental fins like males.
Guppies may feed on both animal and vegetable matter, primarily benthic algae, small crustaceans & insect larvae, but in a typical aquarium indoors guppies should be fed an algae based flake food along with some freeze dried bloodworms and micro pellets. They need both algae based and meaty foods for proper nutrition.
Through selective breeding, literally hundreds of unique color strains of guppies have been developed over the years. These “Fancy Guppies” are bred to exhibit a plethora of colors, unique body color patterns, different shapes, body markings and sizes of caudal fins.