Fish / pet store
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted Nov 13, 2015
Guppies. (Poecilia reticulata).
Guppies are one of the easiest Tropical fish to keep. They make a good starter fish and are often used to help ‘Cycle’ a new tank. They are attractive small live bearing fish that come in many colours and tail shapes. Males tend to be smaller than females and exhibit more colouring in the tail and body. Females tend to be dull silver bodies with colour showing only in the tail. Best to be kept in groups of 10+ they can grow up to 4.5 males and 6cm females. They will be breeding in very little time if males and females are kept together. Use a breeding net for any pregnant females. The females can store sperm in their body for a number of months so a female will still have live births even if no males are present. Watch for the gravid spot on the belly of females, they tend to get quite fat in the body and ‘waddle’ as they are swimming when they get particularly pregnant. THeir back may arch and up to 50 fry are born during any one time/pregnancy. Depending on the age of the mother fish there may be more than 50 fry birthed over, usually, 2 days birthing. Parents, especially males, will eat young fry at birthing times so it is best to separate birthing females if you are wanting the fry to survive. Water: Prefer a water temp of 22-27.c. They will not tolerate cold water for a long life time. Ph is best around 6.5. Tank Size: Minimum 25L for a group of 10 fish. Feeding: Quality Tropical fish flakes, bloodworms, frozen or freshly hatched brine shrimp. Tank mates: Small Tetra varieties, Corydora, Bristlenose, Rams, Kribensis.