Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Breed species myself,
Fish / pet store
Lancashire, United Kingdom
Posted Feb 08, 2016
I bought my first batch of guppies when I was 18 years old in my first ever aquarium. My selection included 5 plain-ish females and 1 bright yellow male. I was told, by the store keeper, that guppies were a good starter fish. The shop keeper was not wrong. The guppies were easy to care for, entertained me for hours and looked amazing.
Within 2-3 weeks of having guppies, 3 of my 5 females were pregnant and 2 had given birth to their first litter/spawn. Guppies are a live-bearer fish so the fry(babies) swim directly out of the parent and are complete self-sufficient from that point.
I bought myself a fry hatchery so the big ones didn't eat my babies, they escaped and most were eaten by other guppies in my tank. I decided to populate my aquarium with lots of plants for hiding. This worked a treat.
I now breed guppies in my home using my small 60 litre aquarium. I would recommend this breed of fish to anyone wanting beautiful colours, easy to handle and entertaining fish for their community tank.
Colours - amazing
Easy to breed - you literally don't have to do anything!
Life-span (1-1.5 years only)
Male to female ratio (1 male must have 3 females, which are relatively plain)