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The guppy (Poecilia reticulata) is a fish with a sleek body, and beautiful tail. There are many different types of guppies, and they include: fantail (as shown above), tuxedo, sword-tail, snakeskin, and albino being the most common species. They are smaller fish, and can be kept with more peaceful fish, in a ten gallon aquarium. They are very peaceful, and a great fish for beginners in the hobby, introducing an easy start, and a blast of color, as an aquarium is established!!

*Guppies can be relatively timid and delicate, so be careful if introducing into an aquarium that is not cycled (as done in fish-in cycling).

family: Poeciliidae

origin: the rivers and lakes of South Africa

size: 2-3 inches

pH: 6.8 – 7.8

tank requirements: 10 gallons

temperature: 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit

rarity: common

Difficulty: easy

Fish Conflict: The guppy is a very peaceful fish. It will not try to injure any fish, despite what is done to it. Guppies run into problems in the fish conflict category when it comes to their lack to put up with fin nippers, and delicacy. The guppy is a very weak fish, and can not put up with lots of bullying. So it is encouraged to put the guppy with species of fish, that are not known to nip (for example other guppies, tetras, platys, and mollies)

Other than the fine details, the guppy is a very colorful fish, and great for beginners, who love a blast of color in their tank!!


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