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Poecilia Reticulata

Male Red Guppy - Guppies are an amazingly striking and flashy little aquarium fish which makes them popular amongst many aquarium hobbyists would wide. Through the years of selective breeding and enhancing desirable traits in guppies hundreds of color variations have been made. One of these is the male red guppy which has a deep and solid red from the nape of its head to its speed out, fanlike tail. It should be noted that these guppies can actually range from a solid red to equally striking blood orange, they also have a contrasting metallic white body which can have accents of pink and even green.

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Male Red Guppy

 

Guppies are an amazingly striking and flashy little aquarium fish which makes them popular amongst many aquarium hobbyists would wide. Through the years of selective breeding and enhancing desirable traits in guppies hundreds of colour variations have been made. One of these is the male red guppy which has a deep and solid red from the nape of its head to its speed out, fanlike tail. It should be noted that these guppies can actually range from a solid red to equally striking blood orange, they also have a contrasting metallic white body which can have accents of pink and even green. Being male guppy, they are naturally more vibrant in colour and have larger fins which makes them extremely desirable in a display style aquarium. If you are however looking to breed these guppies the LiveFish team do stock the corresponding females of the colour strain which makes it super easy to set up a breeding group of these fantastic guppies. Guppies are great because they only get to around 6-7 cm (3 inches) from head to tail. They are also super peaceful fish meaning they can be kept with other aquarium fish but also in large shoals of other coloured guppies making a phenomenal rainbow guppy aquarium.  The wild habitat of the natural guppy is widespread from South America to Mexico.

 

Tank Recommendations for your Red Guppy

Being a very small and easy to care for fish the Red Guppy can be kept in nano aquariums with the minimum being a 37-litre aquarium (10 gallons) more length is always appreciated for these fish. A sand or gravel substrate would be fine for these fish as well as a lot of plant growth which not only makes them contrast really well but also makes for handy locations where guppy fry can grow if they are kept with females. Guppies however are in fact considered to be a ‘hard water fish meaning they prefer the water to have an elevated PH and are not like a tetra. This higher PH of 7 - 8 can be achieved with a PH buffer or African cichlid lake conditioning salts.

 

Breeding
Breeding Red Guppies or any other guppy for that fact is super easy and very different to any other aquarium fish. Where a vast majority of aquarium fish lay eggs, guppies actually give birth to live young just like mammals. If you are looking to breed guppies it is recommended that there is a ratio of one male to around 3 or more females to make sure that females do not constantly get stressed by the males attempting to breed. When gravid the female guy will develop a dark black ‘egg spot’ near her ventral fin which is in fact the developing fry. She will then release these in a safe location in the aquarium which is why it is recommended to have a lot of plant cover in the aquarium. Guppies may also eat any fry they find in the aquarium so aquarists often have a ‘grow out aquarium’ however this is not necessary.

 

Suitable Tank Buddies

The Red Guppy is a very peaceful aquarium fish and males are no different in aggression when compared with females. They are great with a wide range of nano aquarium fish however because of their bright and flashy fins, certain fin nipping species would be avoided. The other factor is that guppies are fish that needs higher PH so keeping them with south American tetras may not be very suitable as these lower PH.

 

Usually Compatible

Pseudomogil species such as fork-tail rainbows, blue eyes, ricefish and nano aquarium fish can tolerate hard water conditions.  

 

Sometimes Compatible

Medium growing or possibly fin nipping species. Bettas should also be avoided because of their similar flashy nature to guppies which could lead to aggression from the bettas' end. 

 

Rarely Compatible

Large and aggressive species would prey on the guppies such as Oscars, or jaguar cichlids.

 

Feeding your Male Red Guppy

The Red guppy is very easy to feed once it is settled into the aquarium. It will readily eat a wide range of foods but would prefer to have high a floating nano pellet or flake. Giving them nutritional food with good protein and varied ingredients can result in the colours of the Red Guppy being further enhanced.  Feeding should happen once during the day during lighting hours. 

More Information
Scientific Name Poecilia Reticulata
Care Level Easy
Common Names Red Guppy
Diet Omnivore
Fish Family Poeciliidae
Lifespan (years) 3
Max. Length (cm) 6
Min. Tank Volume (l) 37 liters
Origin South America
Reef Safe Yes
Sociability Peaceful
Venomous No
Water Conditions 24-26° C (75.2-79° F), pH 7.0-8.0
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