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Guppies are a small livebearing fish, immensely popular as tropical aquarium fish - particularly for community aquaria and for beginners.  They are colourful, peaceful, easy to care for and probably the easiest of all aquarium fish to breed.

Native to several Caribbean islands and northwestern South America, most wild Guppies are relatively plainly coloured.  The females are usually grey, but the smaller males can be quite variable with pastel colours or some iridescent markings.  Thanks to the selective breeding efforts of countless fish breeders over many decades, the humble wild guppy has progressively been transformed into a vast array of colours and fin shapes.  While most of this effort has resulted in developing the colour and finnage of the males, the females are also much more colourful now compared to the original wild fish.

Depending on the variety, male Guppies can grow to 3.5 - 4.5cm, and the females to about 5-6cm.  They eat any standard fish food and are not particularly fussy about water conditions, but they do prefer neutral or alkaline water of moderate hardness rather than soft acidic water.

With a very peaceful nature, Guppies are ideal for community aquaria.  They look very impressive when kept in a group, and the males are much more active if some females are kept with them.  Guppies should not be kept with any fish with potential fin-nipping tendencies.  (e.g. Tiger Barbs); and male Fighting Fish have also been known to attack the fins of male Guppies.

Guppies can comfortably tolerate temperatures around 19-20 C, but prefer temperatures in the mid 20's.

Guppies are extremely easy to breed, from a single mating a female can give birth a number of times.  The gestation period varies from 4-6 weeks depending on water temperature.  When born the fry are fully developed and can be easily raised on commercial fish foods, starting with fry foods such as Super Baby Min and Fry Bites.  The fry need to be isolated in a small aquarium or in a breeding trap, otherwise most will be eaten by any other fish present, including their mother.

(The common name Guppy relates to the Reverend Guppy who collected some of these small fish in Trinidad in 1866 and sent the specimens to England.)

Here at Pet City Joondalup we stock a large range of tropical and Goldfish and can take customer orders for any of the fish listed on this page. Please phone your order through after reading how to make a customer order

FEMALE GUPPY - available sizes = 3.5CM, 4.5CM
FEMALE GUPPY 4.5CM
MALE ASSORTED GUPPY available sizes = 3.5CM, 4CM
MALE ASSORTED GUPPY 4CM Assorted male guppies are very popular sellers, with their lovely mix of bright colours and active showy nature.
MALE ASSORTED METALLIC GUPPY 3.5CM
ASSTORTED SNAKESKIN MALE GUPPY 3.5CM
Snakeskin Guppies are one of the more popular forms of guppy, with their intricately patterned bodies and strong colours.  Also known as Cobra Guppy.
MALE BLUE LYRETAIL GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE DRAGON TAIL GUPPY 3.5CM
The Dragon tail is one of the more boldly patterned varieties, with golden markings on its dark tails.
MALE ENDLERS GUPPY 2CM
MALE ENDLERS GUPPY 2CM Endler's Guppy is a wild form of guppy native to Venezuela.  Diminutive compared to most fancy guppies, the males more than make up for their small size with their intense (almost fluorescent) markings.  Best kept in a group with other small fish in a planted aquarium.
MALE GOLDEN GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE METALLIC REDTAIL GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE BLUE NEON GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE BLUE NEON GUPPY 3.5CM The Blue Neon is a very popular Guppy, with its beautiful bright blue colouration.
MALE GOLD NEON GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE GOLD NEON GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE PINK NEON GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE PINK NEON GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE RAINBOW NEON GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE RAINBOW NEON GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE PINK PASTEL GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE RED GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE RED GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE RED LYRETAIL GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE RED LYRETAIL GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE BLUE SNAKESKIN GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE GOLD SNAKESKIN GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE GOLD SNAKESKIN GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE GREEN SNAKESKIN GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE GREEN SNAKESKIN GUPPY 3.5CM With its lovely grass green colour and intricately patterned body and fins, the Green Snakeskin is a popular variety.
MALE RED SNAKESKIN GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE RED SNAKESKIN GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE REDTAIL GOLD SNAKESKIN GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE REDTAIL GOLD SNAKESKIN GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE SUNSET GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE SUNSET GUPPY 3.5CM With an iridescent sheen and a sunset coloured tail.
MALE GOLD NEON TUXEDO GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE RED TUXEDO GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE RED TUXEDO GUPPY 3.5CM One of the "old favourites", the Red Tuxedo male guppy is a very striking fish with its dark body and red fins.
MALE RED NEON TUXEDO GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE SUNSET NEON TUXEDO GUPPY 3.5CM
MALE SUNSET NEON TUXEDO GUPPY 3.5CM

 

 

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