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Guppies Eat Plants?

I believe guppies are herbivores, so will they eat a diet of plants only, or are meat feedings necessary?
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Plants as in aquatic plants? if so, they don't. At least mine don't.
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The guppies i've had in the past have never eaten plants..even when i had duckweed floating around...
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to add, i've never actually heard of anyone feeding their guppies meat... or meat products
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Guppies don't eat plants. In response to the guy who hasn't heard of guppies eating meat, my guppies get blackworms and bloodworms as a treat with flake. Fun to see a little guppie with a whole worm hanging out his mouth.

Why are you asking for this info? Looking to feed guppies, wanting to know if they're okay with plants, wanting to know if you've got to buy worms?
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I should've worded it properly. I thought meat = pork, beef, chicken. Not worms. lol. So I've never heard of anyone feeding their guppy meat = I've never heard of anyone feeding them pork, beef or chicken.

Their natural diet does consist of mosquito larvae, daphnia, microworms, they even eat their own fry if it happens... but as far as feeding them meat like pork beef and chicken, no. lol.
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Oh, no. I've tossed spare beef heart in there, they weren't thrilled about it. Don't give your guppies chicken and pork.
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I had a guppy that i used to cycle my first 12g long. He was nipping my HC leafs off the stems. I never could tell if he ate some or not but either way he was killing my HC. I ended up tossing him out the window of my 2 story house....Anyways i think in most cases they wont touch any plants.


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My guppy will nip some of the algae off my plants.
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My guppy fry eat the algae off of the plants and the mother guppy was eating my vallisnerias. Pecking at them and eating the bits of plant. She even ate from some that was floating at the top
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I have a very large female guppy and over time she has wiped out all the green myrio in my 75 gal., and has started eating on the red myrio. I can actually sit and watch her bite off and swallow whole leaves, and she seems to have shown my two new females the same trick. It may be because I only feed once a day, though they like to nibble on the algae wafers I throw in for my sailfin pleco after lights out.
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meat or fish, high in protein is meat with meat diet instead of ...

yes guppies do eat plants, check the ingredients on your guppy food...
if they wil eat your plants depends on the guppy themself, some wil, some wil never.
again it also depends on how much you feed them, anyone who is full isn't searching for food 24/7.

guppies can survive on plants but to thrive you gonna need to give them meat, in other words, protein.

in fact, meat makes up the majority of the fish.
fish meat is called "fish," just like how chicken meat is called "chicken."
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I would consider guppies omnivores. I feed my own flake and frozen foods that are "meat" based (fish, shrimp, krill, etc.) but most tropical flake foods have a fair amount of plant matter included. Similarly, most spirulina and veggie flakes on the market contain a lot of meat. I keep shrimp in my two guppy tanks and occasionally offer the shrimp blanched spinach, peas, sweet potatoes, zucchini, and so forth. The guppies seem to ignore this. I have never witnessed them eating my aquarium plants nor seen evidence of them having done so.

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anyone who is full isn't searching for food 24/7.
Most fish have no idea when they are full and given a chance will eat far too much, fish are opportunistic feeders they will eat when there is food because they never know when their next meal will be.

Guppies love things like zucchini
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I occasionally offer zucchini and so forth. The guppies seem to ignore this.

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Guppies love things like zucchini
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I have never witnessed them eating my aquarium plants nor seen evidence of them having done so.
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I have a very large female guppy and over time she has wiped out all the green myrio in my 75 gal., and has started eating on the red myrio. I can actually sit and watch her bite off and swallow whole leaves...
This is what I love about this forum. I say this with zero sarcasm. Aquarium keepers can have wildly different experiences with the exact same species and it's important to remember that!
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