Animal Stories - Fancy Guppies


Animal-World Information about: Fancy Guppies

   The various forms of the Guppy, Fancy Guppy, or Millionsfish are the best known and most popular aquarium fish. This species offers a large selection of colors and shapes with no two fish every exactly alike. Guppies are an all time favorite of both beginners and experienced fish keepers!
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ananya roy - 2013-01-11
please tell me,which species of fishes are compatible with guppies? soon i am getting a 50 gallon tank, and i am planning to keep small fishes which are compatible with guppies. thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    There are all sorts of small fish that are peaceful with guppies including other live bearers, tetras (characins), danios and rasboras (cyprinids), and even some of the small cat fish like coryadoras. The most important things are that they are small enough that they can't fit the guppy in their mouth and they are peaceful fish.
  • Irina - 2013-03-04
    Platys, mollys, neons, stay away from anything big that will nip their tails. All exept the neons are live berears so expect babies. I know, I have 4 tanks and 1 for babies so they are not eaten. Was this answer helpful?
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Roland Tan SabaƱico - 2013-01-30
My guppies have Ich!!! what will I do? should i feed them?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-30
    You can raise temp a couple degrees and add some aquarium salt to about 1.002 salinity.   Can also dip the fish in a higher concentrate for 30 seconds.   Do weekly 25% water changes till gone.  I would then add some ick guard to the tank.  Other option is getting medications.  Continue feeding just make sure not to overfeed.
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ananya roy - 2013-01-22
Hi, I recently received 24 guppies from a friend. They are in a 50 gallon tank. They are quite peaceful.but now I am seeing that little groups of smaller guppies are often chasing a bigger single guppy. There are about 10 bigger guppies which are being chased by the smaller ones. They simply chase the bigger one around for some time and then let it go. There are no other signs of aggression like nipping fins or fighting with each other. Are they just playing? Is there anything to worry about? I cannot identify the males or females, because they are way too small and always moving about, so I could not see their gonopodiums. Also how long do guppies live?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-22
    They may be just playing. You could add some floating plants to provide places for them to hide. I wouldn't worry too much unless you actually see wounds showing up and ripped and shredded fins. Then you might want to separate the ones who seem to be getting bullied. Guppies don't have that long of lifespans - maybe 2 or 3 years if well cared for.
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Roland Tan SabaƱico - 2013-02-08
My female guppy has a very very BIG stomach!! But there is no sign of PREGNANCY and DROPSY.. any reply please?

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  • David Brough - 2013-02-08
    Sounds like dropsy but it could also be constipation. If you can get him to eat peas, it may relieve constipation.
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Hisham - 2012-07-08
I had more than 12 female guppies and 4 males but suddenly all females started dying and were all dead within 2 days. Male Guppies and the other fishes in the tank were not affected. Can anyone explain that, please?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-08
    That really doesn't make a lot of sense unless the males are overly harrassing the females.  But you have the proper ratio.
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john - 2011-11-14
I'm just gonna put it plain & simple. Can I breed mosquito fish with guppies and then breed the fry with new guppies to make them more colorful?


Extra question (only answer this if you want to): is the senegal bichir on this website because I can't find it. if it isn't can someone please put it on this website.

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  • David Brough - 2011-11-15
    I would doubt that mosquito fish and guppies would breed. They are different species. As far as the senegal bichir is concerned, I cant find a writeup but there are pictures here Senegal Bichir. Thanks for the suggestion, a writeup is now on the list of new fish to add.
  • Tanya Altice - 2012-02-20
    I dont know personally about the mos and guppy mix but as my mother in law has had several live breeder tanks from what she has told me most live breeders will inter mingle! She created fancy swordtail mollies! She had fancy guppys and swordtails and mollies. Just try putting them together and keep mixing and matching till you get what you want!
  • Friendttyy - 2012-06-07
    no
  • Nita - 2012-07-24
    NO! Do not breed those horrid feeder guppies with fancy guppies. 1. The fancy female will hold the feeder guppies sperm for months. 2. The other fancy guppies will kill the fancy female who has the gutter fish offspring when she births. 3. the gutter (feeder) fry will grow up and attack the fancy guppies fins. 4. No, I did not inter breed the feeder and fancy guppies. I thought I bought pure breed females, but two were impregnant with feeder sperm. Boy was I mad when I found out a few months later about this.
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myron - 2011-10-16
Hi, my male guppy does not want to mate with the females.. what is wrong with him? Anyone please help:-)

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  • David Brough - 2011-10-16
    It is usually very easy to breed guppies. The only thing I can think of would be poor tank conditions or maybe he's not old enough? Give him time or get another male perhaps.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-09
    Do you have multple females?  Sometimes its the tank condition.  Check all the levels and temps?
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Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-06-07
I have a large critter cage and I am interested in breeding guppies to feed to my gar and garter snake just because it gets annoying going to the petstore and getting sick/disease ridden feeder fish so how should I try to setup the tank and please be as detailed as possible

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william - 2012-05-21
i have a 55 gal tank how meny fancy guppes can I have in it? It's an all guppy tank

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-22
    Really depends on how much decor. 30 or so should be fine. But remember these fish breed often and a lot! So be prepared for the population to grow.
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Rodney Crawford - 2012-05-14
About the comment a viewer made that his guppies atacked his goldfish.Maybe you have 'Gambusia' instead of 'poecilia'. I seen the mosquito fish (gambusia) for sale as fancy guppies.The Mosquito fish is a very agressive little fish.

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