In fact, its colors are so brilliant that guppies are often referred to as rainbow fish because of the beautiful colors on its fins and body. Males are typically brighter while the female guppies tend to be more subdued in color.
Guppies have small heads, long bodies, and tails that can’t be missed. They come in a variety of shapes which is the prominent feature of the guppy. Their typical lifespan is anywhere from 1-3 years and are omnivores who like tropical fish flakes and brine shrimp.
Guppies are tropical fish that are native to South America and named after Robert John Lechmere Guppy who discovered the fish in 1866 in Trinidad. They are also sometimes called “million fish” because they reproduce easily and often have numerous offspring at the same time.
Here are some other facts about the ever-so-popular Guppy fish.
Care Level: Easy (they’re also inexpensive fish which also makes them popular)
Ideal tank size: depends on the number of guppies in the tank, it’s recommended 1 gallon of water for every 1 inch of fish
Temperature range: 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit
pH Range: 7-8
What fish are compatible with Guppies?
The best tank mates would be small active fish that don’t have long fins. Most tetras like the cardinal or neon tetra as well as some bottom feeders like shrimp and corydoras catfish would work well. Rasboras and other livebearers can also be compatible with your Guppies.
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While some people prefer to have a tank of only guppies, other people allow their guppies to invite friends over.
If this is the case, here are some of the best Guppy tank mates: