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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B Bradbury - 2009-01-02
Good morning. If you're new to this aquarium thing, I recommend you do a lot of research before you start and start with a larger aquarium, at least 10 to 12 gallons. Smaller tanks leave little or no room for error. After setting things up, add some real plants that require only moderate light. Real plants are inexpensive and a good source of oxygen and food for your fish. Allow your tank to run for several hours, 18-24 should be enough. Next, buy some inexpensive "feeder guppies" and put them in your aquarium. Feeder guppies are the plain colored ones that pet shops sell as live food. Some pet shops will just give them to you. Put a few of these in your tank and check on them every couple of hours to see how they do. After a day or two, if everything looks good, get a male and two or three females of the fancy type guppies. Guppies are a good starter fish and don't cost a lot. In a couple of weeks, I would add a couple of glass shrimp to the tank. They're bottom feeders and eat the leftover fish food.

Kasey - 2008-12-05
I have guppies and they are a joy to have. I never had delta guppies until some bred and two males had the swallow tail of a delta guppy.

Dustin - 2008-11-22
Hello guppy community. Sanjee asked when he should move his fry in with the older fish. That all depends on the size of your tank, but my rule of thumb is 3 to 4 weeks. I am currently breeding and selling them to the local pet shop. Right now I have about 50 fish (3 males, 6 females, and the rest are fry). I have them in various stages of development, I even have about 25 fry that are so small that you need a bright flashlight to see them. Breeding guppies is good fun. Feel free to contact me with any questions. My email address is

Sanjeev - 2008-09-24
Hi all Guppy Lovers,

I have recently joined the team. I have 1 male and 3 female guppies and 11 fry separated in the breeding tank. I also have a pair of tetra and zebra in my fish tank. Can someone inform me when I should move the fry into the main tank. It's nearly one week since they were born.

Thanking you in advance for your guidance.

sEriAlkiLlEr - 2008-08-29
guyz i need help .. i had 2 guppy females and one male, the male was onle flirting with the same female and ignoring the other one, then his favorit female died tragically (her head got stuck in the vacum cleaner) and after that the male got a bit crazy or something, he still ignored the other female and also started flirting with my male platy !! i even saw him sometimes pushing the male platy's anal fin with his male fin (firtalising him) i took the old female out and bought two new young females but still he is the same ! whats wrong with him ?
let me know guyz if any of you have an idea about why my male guppy started playing for the other team ... !!

Luke Meiklejohn - 2008-08-09
I have just got a fish tank, and I got 3 guppies, an albino red-tailed black shark, 2 platies, 2 blue pearl gourami's, and a catfish. Already the guppies have bred, and I have 22 baby guppies and I might get some angelfish. My fish tank is so beautiful.

fishtanker - 2008-07-15
Hey, a good way to get a CHEAP tank is to make it yourself. There's always a company or neighbor who can cut glass and a fish store near by or online that sells aquarium epoxy. I have seen 150 gallon tanks made this way for a couple bucks. The most expensive thing is gonna be the glass and still that's not to bad. The only difference is there's no frame around the top and bottom edges, I highly recommend taping them to avoid leaks or chipped glass falling into your tank. (plexy glass works even better but is hard to find any more ezpensive)

Baby-Dove - 2008-06-24
Hi! I have just moved from Georgia to Texas and left my 10, 20, and 55 gallon behind with my boyFriend. I have a little 5g hex already here in TX. Right across the street is a big pond full of large and small mouth bass, green and blue catfish, perch and GUPPIES! I was catching feeder fish for a while and when I put them all in the 5g hex I noticed there were wild guppies living in that lake! They have little to no color exept black tip fins. But as soon as I put them in the tank with regular fishtank water they started to die! I then put the pond water in the tank and other than cloudyness the fish are living and the tank is fine. Also a few days after everything settled in all the fat females started poping out babies! I have a small goldfish bowl filled with babies and I don't want to get rid of any of them! I just dont trust mailing my 10g, 20g or 55g. So I wonder if anyone knows a good idea on how to solve the over population, or a safe way to get my tanks here. I don't have enough money to spend on another tank right now! And I'm not planning on staying here for too long, but I don't like over pop or letting the babies free. I got rid of all the parents exept for big moma (the biggest female) and big daddy (biggest male). It doesn't look pretty but I just can't bring myself to let them go until they are big enough to fend for themselves!

Brett Moulton - 2008-06-02
I have had guppies for about 3 months now. I have 15 adult guppies. 5 male and 10 female. I also have about 60-75 babies. I bought all of my females big so I knew they would have more babies. I have read a lot of books and reseach about all types of fish, and guppys are the best ones to start off with. You can train them like a dog. I will own my own fish store one of these days, I'm going to call it Fish World. The best thing for guppies is a good size tank about 10-30 gallons, some plants for them to eat, and they love to eat alage tablets. I feed them some flake food first thing when I wake up, then noon time one algae tablet, and then some more flake food before I go to bed. I had one molly which I thought was a male until I got 3 babies, which are females. The best way to find out jender with babies is to check where the stomach is. My baby fish have more females than males. If you want some colorful fish buy two or three colorful males and 5 females. Then within a month you should have a few babies depending on the females size and health. A good way to clean your tank is to put some snails in, or shrimp. Thank you all for your comments. I hope my information is useful to all you fish lovers like my self. If you want a lot of babies have lots of plants for cover so they don't get eaten.

Samantha Jakobson - 2008-06-01
I think guppies are so pretty! I started out with only 10 fish. All died but 2 or 3. Now I have about 50. They produce very very quickly so don't buy more them maybe 10. Even some of the young are pregnant.