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GUPPY - LEBISTES RETICULATUS

ORIGIN: Central America.

TEMPERAMENT: Peaceful. Mostly used for community tanks. Excellent for people new to Tropical fish.

CARE: Feed with tubifex worms and live foods. Some aquarium salt put in the water will prevent deseases and make the fish look better.

WATER CONDITIONS: pH 7.0 - 7.5 and a temperature of 25 - 28*C (77 - 82*F)

GENDER: The gender can be easily identified by the male's anal fin (gonopodium).The male has colour on his body while the female doesnt have any colour besides her tail which is sometimes plain aswell. Females grow much larger.

BREEDING: Guppies are livebearers. Plants are needed so the baby guppies can survive, as the parents will try to eat their fry. It is very easy to breed livebearers, so you dont have to worry - just be patient. The babies should be removed as soon as they are free swimming and placed into a separate tank to make sure they survive.

COMMENTS ON THE GUPPY: These fish are very easy to breed when they get into the habit of doing so. They are the least expensive fish and breed well so they are good to have. The babies can be used as food for food to other fish if they are over-populating your tanks. I have heard that guppies can cross with other species of fish like Mollies so there is another reason to keep them. I would give them an overall 5/10!

If you have any infomation or comments on this fish please mail it to me through the feedback located on the homepage.

Last Updated: 17 Jan 2002

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