i want to purchase a gold tux swordtail please advise where i can order thank you....emma lee firstname.lastname@example.org
If, the elec.Blue Jack Dempseys are too delecate to live w/my Oscars--I'd like to know where to buy regular JD? Kent Robinson
I live in Indiana (Indianapolis area). I've got a 125 gal. tank. I have 2 med. sized Oscars. I am interested in the elec. Blue Jack Dempseys. I'd like to buy one or 2 large ones. Does anybody know where I can buy large ones either in a pet store or online? Thanks! Kent Robinson
I am looking for altum angels? stan
We have a Jack Dempsey Electric Blue fish who is about 5 years old. He stopped eating over a month ago! And no matter what we do, he won't eat. He must be surviving on algae or some type of protozoa alone. We treated him for Ich and he appears to have 'hole in the head' but he is holding on and we really want to save his life. He has been 'ill' for a long time. We can't get any of our local petshops to take him and heal him. Apparently we don't know how to handle this one.
Does anyone in the New York City area want to take him and see what you can do? You can keep him. We want to make him well and save his life. He obviously has a strong life force because he is still alive after much stress from no eating, medication, etc.
Please respond if you can help. Thanks so much. Diane Lapson
i have varied quantities of these fish available,(have oxygen,bags,boxes and can ship) red by blue,(sexable from birth) lighteningcrash
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!
The active Guppy, Fancy Guppy, or Millionsfish form loose schools and are always on the move. Though they are peaceful community fish and easily kept with other livebearers, they may chase fry and will often nip the fins of the Betta or Siamese Fighting Fish.
These fish will appreciate an aquarium with fine gravel that is heavily planted along with some floating ferns. This type of vegetation will provide a bit of food for them as well as hiding places for the fry until they are large enough to not be eaten. Most Guppy, Fancy Guppy, or Millionsfish are very tolerant of a wide variety of tank conditions, though the highly inbred specialized species can be more delicate and require more attention.
Typical of livebearers, The Guppy, Fancy Guppy, or Millionsfish, appreciates the addition of 1 to 1.25 teaspoons of non-iodized salt added to the aquarium water. They are capable of adapting to brackish or saltwater conditions.
The Guppy or Millionsfish are native to Central America and Brazil but now are almost exclusively captive bred.
Selectively bred, they come in all colors and combinations of colors:
There are far too many varieties of Guppy, Fancy Guppy, or Millionsfish to list here, but let it be said that they come in every color of the rainbow, and often have every color of the rainbow in them!
There are a lot of different shapes to the fins also. Some of the more common fins shapes are: rounded, pintail, swordtail (upper, lower, and double), flagtail, veiltail, fantail, and triangletail.
There are fancy guppy organizations that breed and show guppies all over the world.
Scientific Name: Poecilia reticulata
Social Grouping: Pairs - They will not school but can be kept in groups.
IUCN Red List: NE - Not Evaluated or not listed
Fish Keeping Difficulty
Aquarium Hardiness: Very Hardy - This fish is very widely avaiable, however with great disparity in the quality of stock. The extensive finnage of this species makes it susceptible to damage and resulting infection.
Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
Foods and Feeding
Since they are omnivorous the Guppy, Fancy Guppy, or Millionsfish will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods. To keep a good balance give them a high quality flake food everyday. Feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen) or blood worms as a treat.
Diet Type: Omnivore
Flake Food: Yes
Tablet Pellet: Yes
Live foods (fishes, shrimps, worms): Some of Diet
Vegetable Food: Some of Diet
Meaty Food: Some of Diet
Feeding Frequency: Several feedings per day
Water Changes: Bi-weekly
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gal (38 L)
Substrate Type: Any
Lighting Needs: Moderate - normal lighting
Temperature: 65.0 to 82.0° F (18.3 to 27.8° C)
Range ph: 7.0-8.5
Hardness Range: 10 - 30 dGH
Brackish: No - This is no brackish fish, however it does seem to appreciate this addition of a little salt in the water. Around 1-1.25 teaspons of aquarium salt should suffice. Removed water should be replaced with salted water, however if the aquarist is topping off due to evaporation freshwater should be used.
Water Movement: Moderate
Water Region: All
The Guppy, Fancy Guppy, or Millionsfish are a good community fish, however they will chase and eat fry, and they are known to nip the fins of the Betta or Siamese Fighting Fish.
Temperament: Peaceful - Although not a schooling fish, this fish is happiest in a group of its own kind. It also makes an excellent community fish and mixes well with most fish tolerant of its prefered water conditions. The exception to this is the Beta fish, which will either suffer fin nipping by the guppy or mistake guppies for another Beta and will attack. In either case, this combination does not usually end well.
Same species - conspecifics: Yes
Peaceful fish (): Safe
Semi-Aggressive (): Monitor
Shrimps, Crabs, Snails: Safe - not aggressive
Sex: Sexual differences
The female is larger, more drab in color, and will have a spawning patch at breeding time. The male is smaller, will generally have a longer more colorful tail, and has a gonopodium.
Breeding / Reproduction
The Guppy, Fancy Guppy, or Millionsfish is easily bred in the aquarium without special attention if well fed and cared for. Provide hiding places or breeding traps for the fry as the parents may chase them. See the description of how to breed livebearers in Breeding Freshwater Fish - Livebearers.
Ease of Breeding: Easy
The Guppy, Fancy Guppy, or Millionsfish is readily available.
fish bandit - 2013-11-03 Why isn't there much about endlers on this site? They are colorful live bearers like guppies and mollies... anyway does anyone raise/breed freshwater shrimp? They are great in a tank with some otos, endlers, and some guppies.
Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07 Glad you asked as we have the Endler Guppie in the que for adding. Hopefully we'll get it live soon, so keep an eye out:) I also would like to know of anyone who raises freshwater shrimp, so look forward to some info on that.
Anonymous - 2012-08-14 Can a cross between a guppy (female)and a molly (male) be made as I have a single guppy in my tank I thought to get 2 male mollys as my female guppy is large and allmost size of the molly males
Charlie Roche - 2012-08-14 Yes mollies and guppies are able and they do cross breed. Here are some images of the offspring.
Anonymous - 2013-08-02 This is gonna sound kinda funny but my guppy is fat. It's a male so not prego for sure but I have another and it is waaaay slimmer than this one. They are both the same size in length but the others girth is far larger. And they eat the same amount whenever I am there. This isn't a new occurrence, it has always been like this and it seems healthy but it is almost annoying at this point. Does anyone else have an overweight guppy that can't shed the pounds?
lindsey - 2013-05-27 not really a story but question. please help my guppy has been behaving vey strange lately. it seems he is getting tired, one minute he swimming around and the next he is resting at the bottom of the tank, I mean like laying there. he is stilling sitting straight and using his fins but he is literally touching the gravel. please help me
Clarice Brough - 2013-05-28 Without knowing the tank size, type of filtration, how long the tank's been set up, and the tankmates, its difficult to know what's happening. The usual reason for fish to have problems is water quality, followed by tankmate aggression. If you've determined there are not problems with tankmates, then the first thing to do is see if the filtration is working properly. Then check for ammonia with a test kit to determine if there are problems with the water quality. A partial water change is usually needed.