Guppies are one of the most popular fish amongst hobbyists. They come in a vast variety of colors and
finnage types, including Delta and Lyretail varietes. Fancy Guppies are bred specifically for elaborate
finnage and exceptionally beautiful coloration. There are Guppy strains in which all of the fry (babies)
will look much the same as the parents (true breeding), as well as mixed fancy Guppies who produce a
seemingly unlimited variety. Premium Guppies are much more expensive as they are bred to show
quality standards and come in true breeding pairs. There are also feeder Guppies which are usually
much more plain and/or smaller at the time of sale.
Guppies are Livebearers, meaning they give birth to live young as opposed to spawning eggs. They are
easy to breed and give birth approximately every 30-45 days to at least 15 babies, often many more.
This reproduction rate can quickly overwhelm the hobbyist with a small tank. If you would prefer to not
have a population explosion, it is better to purchase only males. For an illustrated guide to sexing your
Guppies, please click here. Females can inseminate themselves for up to six months from one
These live-bearing gems are easy to care for, requiring only very clean conditions, good filtration and a
proper diet. They benefit from both protein and vegetation in their diet. Pealed, quartered peas, cooked
slightly to soften, is a favorite vegetable. High quality flake, freeze-dried, fresh and frozen foods are all
eagerly devoured and contribute to a healthy diet. There are books available which will provide you with
more detailed information and guidelines.