Poecilia reticulata

"Leopard Tail Male Guppy"

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Male Only. The guppy (Poecilia reticulata), is one of the world’s most widely distributed tropical fish and one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish species.

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The guppy (Poecilia reticulata), is one of the world’s most widely distributed tropical fish and one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish species. The guppy is a livebearer (gives birth to live young) and though it is originally endemic to South America, most guppies available for aquaria are bred and raised in captivity.

Guppies exhibit sexual dimorphism. Females are typically larger, with more dull color than males. Males have splashes, spots, or stripes that can be any of a wide variety of colors. The size of guppies vary, but males are typically 0.6–1.4 inches long, while females are 1.2–2.4 inches long. A variety of guppy strains are produced by breeders through selective breeding, characterized by different colours, patterns, shapes, and sizes of fins, such as snakeskin and grass varieties. Many domestic strains have morphological traits that are very distinct from the wild-type antecedents.

Guppies prefer a hard-water aquarium with a temperature between 78 and 82 °F. Guppies are generally peaceful, though nipping behaviour is sometimes exhibited between male guppies or towards other top swimmers like members of the genus Xiphophorus (platies and swordtails), and occasionally other fish with prominent fins, such as angelfish. Guppies should not be kept as a single fish in an aquarium because both males and females show signs of shoaling, and are usually found in large groups in the wild. Its most famous characteristic is its propensity for breeding. The gestation period of a guppy is typically 21–30 days, varying considerably. Reproduction typically continues through the year, and the female becomes ready for conception again quickly.

Well-fed adults do not often eat their own young, although sometimes safe zones are required for the fry. Specially designed livebearer birthing tanks, which can be suspended inside the aquarium, are available from aquatic retailers. These also serve to shield the pregnant female from further attention from the males, which is important because the males sometimes attack the females while they are giving birth. It also provides a separate area for the newborn young as protection from being eaten by their mother. However, if a female is put in the breeder box too early, it may cause her to have a miscarriage. Well-planted tanks that offer barriers to adult guppies shelter the young quite well. Guppy grass, water sprite, water wisteria, duckweed, and java moss are all good choices. A continuous supply of live food, such as Daphnia or brine shrimp, keep adult fish full and may spare the fry when they are born. Young fry take roughly three or four months to reach maturity. Feeding fry live foods, such as baby brine shrimp, microworms, infusoria and vinegar eels, is recommended. Alternatives include finely ground flake food, egg yolk, and liquid fish food, though the particulates in these may be too large for the youngest fry to eat.

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