- Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
- Maximum size: 1.5"
- Water temperature: 72-82° F
- Swimming level: Top
- Experience level: Beginner
- Tank Setup: 5+ gallons, densely planted
These fascinating fish are livebearers who can rapidly reproduce in a community aquarium because they give birth to babies, rather than laying eggs. To aid in survival, provide hiding spaces for baby fish. Guppies are omnivores, which mean they eat both plan and animal matter, including small live foods and certain vegetables.
You will see your guppy swimming in the middle and at the top of your aquarium. To create a beautiful aquarium environment, be sure to add some bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.
Things to remember
Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new fish to your tank, don't forget to add only 1-3 at a time.
Choose a vegetable-based flake or pellet food. Feed according to the directions on the packaging.
Vary their diet by including frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex worms and other small worms, mosquito larvae and daphnia. Always remember to thaw frozen foods before feeding.
For optimum health, feed your livebearers as much food as they will consume in 1-3 minutes, twice a day. You can alternate between regular staple diet feedings and 2-4 meals per week of a specialty food.
Livebearers should be kept in a large aquarium, with surface area being more important than depth. Minimum aquarium size should be 10 gallons. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish.
Decorate their aquarium with lots of live, bunch plants. Be sure to place them on the sides and back of the aquarium so they'll have enough space to swim in the center.
Livebearers need well-oxygenated water, but do not like forceful water motion.
Mollies require a small amount of salt in their aquarium. Add two teaspoons of aquarium salt per gallon of water This will not harm other types of fish living in the aquarium.
Livebearers can share their aquarium with other tropical community fish of similar size and temperament, as long as they share similar water requirements
Visit our Fish Care Center to find products, care information and bright ideas to enhance your underwater world.
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