GUPPIES

 

Things you might need

  • Fish Tank/Bowl
  • Food – flakes, pellets and live or frozen food
  • Pet City Water Conditioner
  • Pet City Purer Water
  • PH Test Kit
  • Neutraliser Blocks
  • Filter
  • Gravel Cleaner
  • Rocks/Plants
  • Decorations/Ornaments/Backgrounds
  • Aqua Salt
  • Fish Net

Guppies are one of the most popular aquarium fish species. This is due to their hardy nature, colorful appearance and because they are so easy to breed. Male Guppies are smaller than Female Guppies but with larger flowing caudal or tail fins than the females. They do very well on flake food alone although supplementing their diet with blood worms can be done to try and bring out their colours even more. Guppies are excellent fish for a beginner, young children and for most community aquarium setups.

Types of Guppies

Guppies have been a favourite of hobby breeders for decades and many different types have been developed through the years. These “types” are also referred to as “strains” by hobby breeders when a particular set of characteristics begins to breed true. When you begin to mix and match all the possible characteristics that are found in these fish, it’s easy to understand why there is such an incredible variety to choose from. Aside from the fact that guppies are sexually dimorphic, which means you can tell the males and females apart just by looking at them, there are three major characteristics that distinguish one type of guppy from the next.

  • Color – This includes body color as well as fin color, since both might be different.
  • Pattern – This includes body pattern as well as tail pattern since both can vary.
  • Fin type – There are many distinct fin types which you can view in the chart below.