Guppy - Poecilia reticulata
Species name: Poecilia reticulata
Synonym: Acanthophacelus guppii, Acanthophacelus reticulatus, Girardinus guppii, Girardinus reticulatus, Haridichthys reticulatus, Heterandria guppyi, Lebistes poecilioides, Lebistes poeciloides, Lebistes reticulatus, Poecilia reticulatus, Poecilioides reticulatus,
Common Names: Guppy
Family: Poeciliidae (Poeciliids)
Order: Cyprinodontiformes (rivulines, killifishes and live bearers)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Max. size: 6 cm / 2.5 inch
Environment: Fresh and brackish waters
Origin: South America, Venezuela, Barbados, Trinidad, northern Brazil and the Guyanas.
Temperament: Non aggressive.
Company: Can be kept in most community aquariums. Don’t keep with aggressive fish.
Water parameters: pH 7.0-8.5, temperature 18-28°C / 64 - 82° F
Aquarium setup: Best kept with a lot of plants and free swimming space. Need a larger aquarium to develop optimal but do well in most aquariums.
Feeding: accepts all kind of food that’s small enough. Fry accepts fine flake food
Breeding Live bearer. Males got a large Caudal fin. Femals give birth to fry once every 2-2.5 weeks. If adequate hiding places exists some fry will survive. For more prodictive breeding isolate pregnant females and return them once fry is born.
Picture of female guppy - Poecilia reticulata. Copyright www.jjphoto.dk
Poecilia reticulata - Guppy male. Copyright www.jjphoto.dk
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