Animal Stories - Fancy Guppies

Animal-World Information about: Fancy Guppies

Fancy Guppies are the best known and most popular aquarium fish--and no two look the same!
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michelle - 2006-11-13
I love guppies! I think they are beautiful graceful fish. I have 6 right now and none of them have the same coloring. I just wish I could figure out how to keep them alive long enough to breed them. I have tried water changes, different food, eliminating other fish that may be antagonizing the guppies. I think I am destined to fail in this endeavor. I'm tired of killing fish. My friend laughs at me and says She has never known anyone who has so much trouble with her tank. We'll see how long the 6 guppies survive. Maybe this time will be different. If not, I'll just stick to the catfish and pleco.

corey - 2006-09-01
Have and have had many, many guppies. They do chase and eat their own fry. So once they've breed the young either need to be separated or have an abundant amount of ambient plant life to hide in. They are fin nippers, however mine are in a tank with a Jack Dempsey. He usually doesnt eat the adult guppies, but if they gang up on him, he quickly ends the fued. The Jack has literally bitten heads off adult guppies thats tried to fin nip him. Guppies are very colorful and very active fish. Easy to maintain, although they do get disease easy if tanks are not well balanced. Guppies in my area are a dime a dozen so its no real biggy if one out of every 5 die.

roweb - 2006-07-12
Once upon a time, I loved guppies. After quite a number of them died because of their genetically inferior stock (like those Dwarf Gouramis) due to overly selective breeding and other factors, I stopped buying them completely. In fact, the store where I originally bought them agreed with my findings because they, too, are tired of scooping out the dead ones - no major store names given. Where I live, a Fancy Guppy is $3. I am hoping now that their babies would produce a stronger line. It does make me wonder what kind of environment they were originally reared from, as in water condition and diet. A typical buyer has no means of knowing what these breeding farms are like.

As far as babies go, if you wish to breed guppies, do it soon, and separate the babies from the adults as soon as possible. They will eat them. Tropical fishes with big enough mouths to swallow them will no doubt hunt and digest them. Also, beware of big Mollies. Females especially are very aggressive and always hungry. Never combine Black Mollies with guppies and other tiny fishes. Balloon Mollies work with guppies, but they too have their own physical, skin problems. That's another long story.

If you want to have a peaceful tank with beautifully prestine inhabitants, do your homework. I'd hate to see a beautiful Cobra, Glass, Grass, etcetera guppies with chunks out of their tails because they will eventually die, sooner or later, due to infection. They are already handicapped to begin with.

If you wish to raise strong fishes, try Discus and Angel Fish; however, they are mean creatures. The strongest will always attack the weak. Always. This is a common trait of all Cichlids. Have enough room for them if you wish to spend a lot of money per Discus, as in 100 gallons or more with lots of hinding places. Discus maybe beautiful, but the weaklings sure hide a lot, which is a drag in the end.

Goldfish, therefore, is your best bet, if they don't have any kinds of skin disease like ich, for instance. But boy, they sure are messy.

Robert - 2006-06-30
i like this website, i have a guppy.

Raul Zabaleta - 2006-05-26
I am working with several guppies to isolate and breed certain colors.
These fish are very hardy and are also good for ponds.

J - 2006-05-08
This is a great fish to have in a community tank without fin-nippers.
Our female is pregnant and we are expecting babies soon.

MJ - 2006-04-01
Guppies are a great species to breed and care for. When adding new fish to your tank turn off the lights for about 4 to 6 hrs so the new ones can adjust to their new surroundings while everyone is in a quite state. This really seems to help when adding different species to your community tank. If you want your fry to survive, I recommend not having fish larger then the guppies in the tank, especially Bettas since they are carnivores and love to chase and eat live prey or make sure you have an automatic brine shrimp feeder in your tank. Otherwise, I have never had a problem w/ having a Betta in my guppy tank. DO NOT get Chineese Algea Eaters! They are nasty fish that like to attach themselves to your slow graceful moving fish and suck off the slim coat, leaving big "hickies" and killing your fish. Guppies do best w/ cory type catfish and plecos. If you get a Pleco be prepared for it to get large depending on the type you get. Good Luck and enjoy this awesome hobby...but be forwarned, it can take over your house because it is addictive!!!

Jessica C - 2006-02-04
Guppies are extremely easy to keep,but be sure not to feed them to much or they will die from eating too much (once i accidently let too much feed get into the tank) if you introduce new fish to the tank make sure that they get a equal share of food as guppies tend to eat extremely fast. Although they are good community fish, they will occassionally team up and start to peck at newcomers, they managed to frighten my dwarf gouramis (who is thrice as big as them) and constantly kept my chinese papua (did i spell that right?) loach on the move, after a while they left them alone. Come up with a way to feed newcomers should the guppies eat all the food, eg. my gouramis couldn't eat anything, since my gouramis couldn't get any food, and my guppies were use to eating from the surface, i sank some feed into the tank letting the gouramis feed.

Melody - 2006-02-01
We have a powder blue guppie, very pretty fish, and we added 2 black moor's to the tank. We were told by the person working in the fish department that they could co-habitate . . . well . . . guess what didn't happen. That little tiny guppie killed one of our new black moor's. So . . . they aren't that community friendly. Just be careful what you put together in your tank.

Gladys Rydbom - 2006-01-22
I LOVE GUPPIES and have 7 aquariums full of them. Today I am setting up a 55 gal. aquarium so I will have room for more babies! I now have beautiful blues of all types also fantastic orange ones with black bodies and baby blue top and bottom fins that are so pretty. Guppies are fun to breed as you can come up with many different colors and you can,with their help, create a new line of your own. I used to sell them to pet shops and might do it again. This is a fun hobby for people of any age and I highly recommend it.