Feeder Guppy Split Box (600-750 Count)
Type: Poecilia reticulata
Care Level: Easy
Water Conditions: PH 6.5-8.5 and Medium hard to Hard
Temperature: 65-80°F (18-27°C)
Maximum Size: 2.5 inches (6.5 centimeters)
Guppies eat a wide variety of foods in the wild, including algae and water insect larvae. In a home aquarium though, you want to feed your guppies a combination of foods. By feeding them a quality flake food designed for tropical fish, you can enhance the colour of your guppy. But if that isn’t important to you, any quality flake food should be fine for them. We recommend you get the best possible food for your fish. You might want to stay away from pellet style food as it can be too large for a guppies’ mouth. Guppies can have a wide variety of foods and it is recommended you incorporate other options besides the flakes to keep them healthy.
Freeze dried foods.
Guppies will eat a variety of freeze dried foods, you might want to think about including things like; brine shrimp, bloodworms or daphnia. These foods will give your guppy some variety and if you are thinking of breeding, a varied diet will deter them from eating their own fry. You can offer these as a live food instead of freeze dried. Live foods are more nutritious however live foods do carry a risk of transferring disease to your tank.
It’s not something you think of normally but you can also offer your guppies vegetables. They will eat things like; lettuce, peas, and cucumbers, which will provide your fish with nutrients and variety.
It’s important not to over feed your guppies as well. They have very small stomachs, so by over feeding you can potentially block their intestines causing them distress. You’re guppy should be fed only a couple of times a day, and only in very small amounts. Also, take notice of the tank temperature. Guppies will eat less in cooler temperatures as their metabolism slows. Monitor their eating habits and only provide them with what they can eat at one feeding, leaving food floating in the tank will not only encourage over eating, but will also rot and pollute the water. It’s a good idea therefore to remove any leftovers once feeding is over. A good schedule is usually flakes in the morning and then a live or freeze dried food or vegetable in the evening. This will ensure your guppies stay healthy and happy and potentially lengthen their lifespan.
Guppies Preferred Tank Conditions
When thinking about getting guppies on their own there is a lot to consider when putting together a comfortable tank for them. The most common size is a 10 gallon tank. It isn’t too big, and a nice starter size. If you try a tank smaller than 10 gallon it will be difficult to keep clean because it won’t be able to cycle water efficiently enough. You will want to make sure your guppies have a lot of hiding places, so make sure you decorate the aquarium with lots of plants and ornaments. But be careful of anything with a sharp edge, there is the chance they might damage their delicate fins. You’ll also want to make sure that there is a least 2 inches of gravel on the bottom of the tank. This will not only look nice but helps to filter the water as well. Keep the water at a comfortable temperature as you risk killing your guppies if the water temperature is too hot or too cold. Room temperature is ideal.
Even though guppies are common prey for many fish, there are some that live harmoniously with them in the same tank. When building a mixed tank that includes guppies, or you want to add guppies to your existing tank, you’ll want to consider which fish will either eat them, or at the very least nip at their long fins. Even if they aren’t being preyed on for food, being bullied is just as much of a stress and will for sure affect the health of your guppies. You could consider adding similar fish like platys or gouramis. They are very similar in that they also live birth and they are shy fish that prefer to live in peace, making for a calm aquarium. There is also the option of including different species into the tank, such as shrimp, they will also keep the tank swept for you between cleaning’s so they are a great addition. Or try a bottom dweller, guppies stay in the middle and top so adding these will not only keep your tank clean like the shrimp, but will stay out of the way of your guppies, keeping the whole tank happy. If you are looking for some excitement in the tank you can try including a rasboras. These fish are slightly more aggressive but will get along great with your guppies.
When designing the tank it’s really important to think about what you want your tank to look like and what kind of fish you want to occupy it. Keeping this in mind, you can come up with an interesting tank full of different colours and species of fish. It’s especially important to think of the make-up of your tank if you are considering breeding your guppies as well.
If you are thinking about breeding guppies there are a few things you need to know to get started. First you should consider whether you are breeding as a hobby or with more intent. Casual breeding won’t be as involved and will allow you to go slowly and have fun. However, a more professional breeding takes careful planning and resources.
First consider the environment you will be breeding them in. Will you let nature take its course in their regular home tank as a casual breeder, or will you set up a special breeding tank to carefully control the breeding? If you will set up a breeding tank you should make sure it’s fairly large and gives ample space for breeding. It should be similar to the home tank so as not to stress them, but make mating easy. You can carefully choose the guppies you will breed for colour, size or any other feature think is interesting or important. You will also need to have a few tanks to accommodate breeding pairs as well as some small tanks for the fry.
When accessorizing the tanks there are a few important things to have. Having a breeding trap is an important accessory. These are a small trap that is hung in the breeding tank. It has two compartments separated by a slotted wall, so when the female is ready to give birth, the fry can safely swim to the other compartment, preventing the female from eating them, the last thing you want when breeding is for the female to eat the fry. Also make sure the lighting and temperature match in all tanks, this way there is less stress and more chance of success. You’ll also want to make sure you have a really good filtration system. Even though guppies are fairly clean, fry are very susceptible to pollution in the water, so to make sure they stay healthy it’s important to maintain good water conditions. You should also make sure you have good aeration as well. A good air pump is important to move the water and get the oxygen flowing in. You can also add live plants, not only will they help oxygenate but they will provide a food source and a hiding place for the fry as well.
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