The Guppy is a small fish with an elongated body. Along with the Mollies, Swordtails, and Platy fish, it is a member of the Poeciliidae family of Live-bearing Toothcarps, which are distinguished by having teeth in both their upper and lower jaws. Females are larger, reaching between 1.2 to 2.4 inches (3-6 cm) in length while the males reach between .6 to 1.4 inches (3-6 cm). Fancy Guppies produced in captivity can get a bit larger than their wild relatives.
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The fancy guppy is the most popular freshwater tropical aquarium fish. It has an elongated body with pointed snout and upturned mouth. Body is typically grayish-silver in color with triangular caudal fin. The male guppy is smaller than female with ornamental caudal and dorsal fins while female is duller in color. Dorsal fin bears 7-8 soft rays while anal fin contains 8 – 10 soft rays. It prefers water with pH of 7.0 – 8.0, hardness of 10 – 28 dGH and temperature of 66°F – 84°F. In nature the guppy is preyed upon by birds such as kingfishers and larger fish. It is omnivore and in wild, it generally feeds on a variety of food including benthic algae and aquatic insect larvae. In captive condition they eat algae-based flake food, freeze-dried bloodworms, Tubifex, brine shrimp and flakes. It also eats small parts of fresh earthworms and whole parts of bloodworms. They also like to eat some blanched vegetables like courgette, cucumber or lettuce and algae wafers. For optimum health and coloration give them a variety of foods and feed should be offered 3-4 times a day. Males mature at two months and females at three months of age. The female can grow up to 6 cm while the male generally grows up to 3.5 cm in length. It can live up to 5 years or more with proper care.
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Fancy Guppy is a very popular freshwater aquarium fish for both beginners and experienced fish keepers. It is also known as Guppy, Fancy Tail Guppy, Millions Fish, Rainbow Fish, Fancy Guppy, Ornamental Guppy and Fancy Millions Fish. It is native to Venezuela, Barbados, Trinidad, northern Brazil and the Guyanas. It has now been introduced into many other countries as a means of malaria control, because they feed voraciously on mosquito larvae. It occurs in a very wide range of water bodies including canals, ditches, warm springs, turbid ponds, mountain streams or fast flowing rivers. They are usually found in waters that are quiet and densely vegetated. They can tolerate a wide salinity range and water temperatures ranging from 66 – 84°F. They often live in shoals and in the wild, feed on detritus with algae and plant matter and also consume zooplankton, diatoms, invertebrates, small insects, and insect larvae.
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