Acquired: Breed species myself,
Fish / pet store
Posted Feb 24, 2016
These are very beautiful aquarium fish. The males are very colorful. They get along with most other fish as they are not aggressive. They are hardy and easy to maintain with a common tank setup (one with a filter and a heater if necessary). They are fairly active and are really fun and relaxing to watch. Sometimes they will engage with you through the side of the tank. They are also fairly inexpensive and easy to get at almost any pet shop.
They are also really easy to breed as long as you have plants (live or fake) for the fry to hide in so they are not eaten by the adults. However, their rampant breeding is one of the big drawbacks to this fish if you are mixing males and females. We once had a standing agreement with a local fish store to take our excess guppies in exchange for store credit we had so many of them. I believe we started out with five males and five females and by the end of that particular experiment probably had over fifty. We were able to get many friends started with colonies of their own guppies, but the fish still continued to overpopulate the tank.
To me the breeding was simultaneously the biggest drawback and the biggest bit of fun with these fish. As long as you have a contingency plan for the number of new fish you can breed in a short period of time they are very enjoyable additions to any freshwater tank and a really easy first pet for children.