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Fancy Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)


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Common Name: Fancy Guppy
Proper Name: Poecilia reticulata
Category: Live-bearers
Temperature: 20 - 28 C
Temperament Active
Maximum Size: 6 cm
 
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I love guppies, I have a 30 gallon tank at home with 5 females and 4 males. It is pretty much a comunity tank but the guppies make most of the population.
 
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great fish and good starters into live birth. My first fish i bred and am now having between 40 and 80 babys per month. can be form rather boring to very elaborate and beautiful fish.
 
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great fish to add in a small group to a community tank. add at least 1 female with the colorful males and they will breed and you can keep a steady population. Its also amazing to see how their colors can mutate, i had nothing but black bodies and orange-brown tails and some with bright orange tails for a year; all of a sudden 3 fry had silver (really light) bodies and the same color tail. the fry also make great food for larger fish (my boesemanis chase the fry into the moss and hornwort for weeks until they give up, how many survive depends on the amount of plants and the amount and type of predators).
 
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Guppies are great. They are very easy to breed and were my first live-bearing breeders, their colours are fantastical and play with other fish such as mollies with no problem at all.
 
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[CENTER][FONT="Arial"] Guppys are seriously cool. Colourful, active, hardy, easy to breed, plenty of variety's to collect, overall 10/10! [/FONT][/CENTER]
 
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They breed like mad. Common maybe but interesting and fun to have in your tank. My female guppies are voracious about food. They will steal the food right out of my cories mouths. Don't get between them and a worm.
 
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I love Guppy's. They are energetic, come in many colors, easy to breed, and available all the time. They are really fun to watch and can go with any theme you have whether it is a fantasy or natural.
 
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It is unanimous, guppies are so awesome! I have all community tanks and the majority are guppies. I have a five gallon planted tank with about ten guppies and a chinese algae eater, and a 12 gallon planted tank with about 15 guppies and a female beta, three glowlight tetras, and two cory catfish, and a 77 gallon planted tank with about 20 guppies, 10 platies, 2 swordtails, two rainbow fish, 3 gold barbs, 1 very large pleco, 3 siamese algae eaters, 3 chinese algae eater, and 2 cory catfish. They all get along wonderfully. But one thing is there should be about 3 females to 1 male guppy because the males will overwhelm the female by constantly chasing her around. So make sure there are enough females to share the love. ;o) I love to just sit and watch them and can't believe the beauty of the colors of my guppies. They are the best!!
 
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I love guppys! great fish for all purposes!
 
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i agree Guppies are great fish ( i have MANY )
 
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Very fun, and very pretty fish, can add alot of color to a tank. They are easy to breed, the females have less colors and a more fan-like anal fin, where the males are more colorful and have a pointed anal fin.
 
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Very nice fish. Very active so they need a rather large tank for their size (maximum of 3 per 5gallon). Keep one male to two females.
 
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Fancy guppies are a lot less hardy than they are generally reputed to be. All the in-breeding. Keep an eye on water parameters, give them a decent size tank and you'll be fine
 
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They are fun! Interesting to watch because they are always busy and are as curious as kittens. They consider the entire tank their territory so they are always putting on a show somewhere. The color variety is amazing so you can just pick your favorite.
 
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i love guppies too! since they are so small, do they tend to get sucked up by the filter, bullied, or eaten?
 
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i have these about 5 males and 5 females. after a month the tank is left unchecked and the fish population is so many that it covers the tank! i recommend to keep males only or females only for they are prolific
 
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These are beautiful fish. They multiply like rabbits, too! I had a few in a 30 gallon tank and ended up with a tank full of guppies!
 
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@nadawag579 these fish tend to not get bullied or eaten or sucked up by the filter if you have adults only in the tank. the fry sometimes do. i have an in-tank filter and haven't used a canister filter in a while, and haven't had a big problem(around 15 fish get sucked up every year, as they populate fast as the infants are usually the victims).
 
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If I'm in a fish store and I see a guppy with a beautiful flowing tail, I can't resist. Fortunately, that means I'm buying only males and won't have to worry about fry.
 
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Great beginner fish , but not for someone who has no idea what they're doing. I have mine in a 20G high planted community and he never gets bullied. He tends to follow/hangout with my swordtail.

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