A guppy fish is a freshwater fish typically found in aquariums. The average lifespan of a guppy fish is between 3-5 years, with some living up to 7 years, but this varies depending on the quality and size of the tank it lives in. There are many factors that can affect how long a guppy lasts, such as water temperature, food supplies, whether or not they have enough space to swim freely and their overall health.
If you’re curious about how long your pet has left before its time comes to an end, there’s one way to find out for sure: Get yourself some test strips! These small strips will change color if your tank water is too acidic or alkaline – which can lead to poor conditions for your little fishes. If you want to learn more about this interesting type of tropical aquarium fish, read on!
1. Species Summary:
The guppy fish is the smallest member of the Poeciliidae family of live-bearing tooth cichlids originating from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The variety most commonly found as a pet is “Poecilia reticulata”. However, there are many other varieties of guppies that include salt and pepper (nutmeg) colorations, marbles (mottled), long finned, double tail and more. These different types have been bred for show purposes as well as to enhance colouration but they are all still referred to as ‘Guppy’.
Guppies can be easily cared for but must be given enough space to exercise/swim around with other tank mates of similar size and temperaments.
Guppies are often used as feeder fish for larger fish in the aquarium hobby, but if kept in a sufficient sized tank they should be fine with most other species. The only times that Guppies can become aggressive is when they’re threatened by something else or by breeding time, otherwise they are placid enough to be housed with docile community fish.
Guppies thrive on live foods like brine shrimp, daphnia; frozen bloodworms, mussels and small prawns too. They can also eat flakes and pellets, though this should not make up more than 10% of their diet because it’s generally considered bad for them.
Guppies are small, reaching 3.5 to 4 inches in length at maturity. Their life span is about 2–3 years (4–5 years for nutmeg and marbles). The females of the species are generally bigger than the males, although this difference does not become apparent until they have matured.
Guppies can be distinguished from other fish commonly found in pet stores by their incredibly long finnage (females especially) which tends to grow out a way that makes them appear very “plump”, or rounder when viewed from above; secondly, the fact their fins are much longer and more flared than other fish such as tetras. There are many colours and patterns on Guppy’s bodies that include black, red, yellow and variations of those colours. They also have dark spots on their sides that are the same colour as the main body colouring.
Guppies can live about 3-5 years under normal aquarium conditions with proper care. Nutmeg guppies may live longer than regular guppies due to them being more hardy [source needed].
4. Average Size:
The average size of a fully grown guppy is 4 inches (10 cm). The smallest recorded wild guppy was 2.25 cm long however this record is not considered reliable by most scientists because very young fish tend to fall through nets used in measurements, resulting in an artificially low measurement.
5. Guppy Fish Care
They are very easy to take care of and require a varied diet. A good thing about Guppies is that they breed very well, so you could have a few tanks with breeding pairs and get loads of babies from them.
Many people recommend using undergravel filters because the fish like to dig in the substrate; however you can put these filter in-between two layers of netting or other material (they usually come with instructions). Remember not to overstock your tank as this will cause ammonia levels to rise which is dangerous for your fishes’ health. Although guppies are quite adaptable, their optimal water pH is best kept at 7-8 when kept in an aquarium
1. Tank Size:
It is recommended that you use an at least 15 gallon tank.
2. Water Parameters:
Water temperature should be kept between 72-82 degrees Fahrenheit (22-28 C). A pH level of 7.0 to 8.5 is optimal for guppies, although they will survive and do well in a range of 6.5 to 10 [source needed]. Guppy’s are quite adaptable fish and can withstand levels as high as 20° dGH which means they can live with hard water conditions too .
3. What To Put Inside Their Tank:
Guppies need places to hide (plants work best) so make sure there is cover such as caves or live plants. You can also place rocks and/or sunken ships/substrates inside their tank for them to dart into if they are scared or need time to rest. These little fish enjoy the company of other guppies so 6+ is recommended but 10+ is a good number when you have enough filtration to maintain good water quality. They will usually do fine with bottom feeders that won’t eat small fish like Cory Catfish, Otocinclus catfish and other such species, but it’s really better not to have any in a tank housing guppies because of the risk involved if something happens around the top layer of your aquarium which they are known for being around most of the time
4. Common Possible Diseases:
A common disease seen in guppies is ich, a parasitic skin infection caused by the parasite Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. Symptoms include rapid flashing and darting, frayed fins and heavy breathing. They are also susceptible to velvet (a type of parasite), bacterial infections such as fin rot and hole-in-the-head disease
6. Food & Diet:
Guppies are omnivores, meaning they eat both meat and plants. A varied diet is best for them but make sure there is some vegetarian food included regularly with frozen or live foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, daphnia and mosquito larvae all being favourites. You can also add spinach, carrots or zucchini to their diet as it helps them develop the orange colour. Feed your guppies at least once a day and not more than 5 times in a 24 hour period.
See more: Best Guppy Food Reviews
7. Behavior & Temperament:
Some people may say that when you put two males together there will most likely be aggressive behavior from one side or the other; however females usually get along fine with each other but you still need to watch out for her behavior because she can become territorial too, especially when breeding
8. Tank Mates:
There are always exceptions to rules but generally bottom feeders (catfish) shouldn’t live with guppies because of their smaller size and risk involved if they happen to be in the upper levels of your tank and get eaten. Although most guppies can live with mollies and swordtails, it’s recommended that you keep male swordtails away from all females because this is a species that will breed at an early age (they don’t usually get along with the males either).
It is very easy for them to breed but first you need to have some healthy female fish which are around two inches long at least. There should always be more females than males as one male could end up breeding with all the females in the group; however if there are more males than females then one of them may continue to persistently chase after the female until she gives in
Guppies are a fun little fish to keep whether you choose to breed them or not but either way they are one of the easiest freshwater fish to take care of in terms of their overall maintenance and health requirements as long as you stick within the parameters given for their size, water conditions etc. This article has shared some information on how long does a guppy live for and what is needed for them inside of an aquarium.