Guppies are an immensely popular fish and breeding guppies is a hobby more and more people are enjoying each year. Even if you eventually want to breed other types of fish, breeding guppies is one of the best ways to start out. On the other hand, some people are just plain guppy lovers and they are very into breeding guppies and showing them. Yes, you heard right, showing guppies!
If you are going to start breeding guppies, you need to begin with some quality guppies. In most cases, that is going to mean going beyond the local pet store to find guppies to breed. While store guppies make wonderful pets, breeding guppies is best done by starting out with a pair of high quality guppies. You can purchase these from local fish breeders or from companies who sell guppies online. Get a young male and female.
Develop a plan for breeding your guppies before you start the actual breeding. Some people breed for size and others for color. If your goal is to grow the biggest guppies in the world, you won’t start out well if you begin with guppies which are too small. Make sure too that you set up separate aquariums for breeding, and that your aquariums are large enough.
If you have a 10 gallon fish tank, it is only meant to keep eight to twelve fish. And you need to take proper care of the aquarium. You don’t want the water quality or temperature to ever change too much. When you change water, do it a little every week rather than waiting longer and making a big change at once.
Keep your guppies healthy. They normally need a temperature of around 65 degrees, but when breeding, guppies need to be ten degrees warmer. Maintain a steady temperature of 73-78 degrees in your aquarium.
When it comes to breeding, don’t let your guppies choose their own mate. You want to continue to mate the female guppy who breeds the best male guppy. The best way to go about the task is to breed different females to the same male. Raise the guppies and see which offspring develop into the best males. There is no need to take more than two pair out to keep from any generation of guppies.
Guppies are livebearers and prolific breeders. Every thirty days (that’s once a month!) a female guppy will drop a new litter. They are completely formed when they are born. If you don’t separate your guppies into a separate breeding tank, larger fish will have some good meals out of your baby guppies.
Once you have put together the right couple, the female will literally always be pregnant. Guppies multiply like crazy. Every time the female is pregnant, she will likely have between twenty and fifty more babies. Sexual maturity is reached in just a couple of months.
Start out small and gradually obtain several ten gallon aquariums. These need to be set up with proper heat, lighting, and filtering. Your guppies need to be fed high quality food if you want them to breed. This means feeding live or frozen worms, mosquito larvae, and brine shrimp. Additionally, they should be given dry food every day. Baby guppies are known as fry, and you can get special fry food at pet stores and online shops.
Breeding guppies shouldn’t be done simply because it’s fun. You need to have enough financial resources to set up several different aquariums. You also need to have people to whom you can give or sell guppies. Remember that each guppy is a life--a living, breathing being which deserves the best care possible.