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So you purchase guppies. They are beautiful and peaceful, but how to you care for them. Here’s 10 tips for you!
Sizing it Up
Even thought their small, guppies need a resaonable amount of space, make sure your tank is big enough.
Males to Females
If you don’t want your guppies to breed, think of keeping males only. Males are actually more colorful than female guppies. But if you want both, use this ration. 1 male to 2 females, or 2 males and 4 females in a tank.
Guppies are a pretty hardy bunch but they need comfortable temps to survive. Your tank should be between 50 to 85 degrees F. Too much fluctuation can be harmful to them.
Guppies prefer close to normal pH levels, which ranges from 6.8 to 7.8 for their natural habitat. Also the water hardness and pH levels are important to their health. To have it consistant, change half of the water each week so that its fresh and clean.
The best foundation for your guppies is guppy flakes. Also, supplmented with the flakes you can use pellets and freeze-dried food like brine shrimp, bloodworms and mosquito larvae. They do also like veggies like cucumbers, lettuce and peas. It’s important to not overfeed them.
If you do decide to breed guppies, you will need a separate tank for the fry because there is a danger that the tank mates may eat them. If you don’t do place the fry around dense and dark plants that you may have in your tank to increase their chances of survival.
Guppy Fish Disease
One of the common diseases for guppies is Ich which are white dots on the fish’s skin and fins. To prevent illness and disease, clean your tank regularly and give them a balanced diet.
Overstocking the Tank
Since guppies are a social fish, make sure you don’t overcrowd them. Overcrowding can spread illness. Here’s a rule of thumb. A fish and tank size is one inch of fish per gallon. So with a ten gallon tank it can have about five adult guppies.
Compatible Tank Mates
Since guppies are pretty peaceful, they can co-exist with ghost shrimp, mollies, swordfish, and glass fish to name a few.
Feed them properly, maintain fresh water and your guppies will bring you much enjoyment.