Guppy - Lebistes reticulatus

Origin: Central America.
Temperament: Peaceful. Excellent for community tanks or for people new to the hobby.
Care: Feed with vegetable-based flakes and mosquito larvae. Some salt in the water will do the fish good.
Temperature Range: 18-28C.
pH:  7.1-8.5
Potential Size: 6cm
Breeding: Guppies are livebearers. Many plants including floating plants are essential for the survival of the baby guppies, as the parents will try to eat their fry. Some breeders fill the bottom quarter of the tank with big marbles or pebbles, after birth the some babies will go to the bottom.  Breeding comes naturally to livebearers, so virtually no effort is needed to breed them. Only the best guppies should be bred to ensure the best babies. The babies should be removed as soon as they are free swimming to a separate tank to ensure their survival. Guppies stay pregnant for around thirty days.
Sex: Sex can be easily determined by the male's modified anal fin (gonopodium).The male is more colourful than the female and has a longer and ornate tail fin. Females grow larger and have a more rounded body.

 

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