Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Poecilia Reticulata [GUPPY] [POECILIIDAE]


General Specifications

Latin Name: Poecilia reticulata
Geographic Origin: Venezuela, Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana and northern Brazil as well as many Caribbean Island.
Living Area: They can live in all kinds of habitat. Some populations will survive in brackish water.
Nutrition Format: Both carnivores and herbivores. Their primarily nutrition is insect in nature but accepts all kinds of feed those in the aquarium environment.
Behavior: Peaceful.
Behavior to Their Type: Peaceful
Swimming Level: Intermediate - Surface
Gender Discrimination: Females are larger. Rear fins of males are much larger and flashy. There is no gonopod of female.


They are livebearer, it is easy breeding and rearing of offspring. Pregnancy understanded from the gravid spot behind the anal fin, its color turn dark.They can breed around 5-100 and pregnancy can last between 4-6 weeks. The female can store sperm in the fallopian tube for a long time so the female can generate offspring without men ever period of 6 months.

Living Medium

Temperature: 17 ° C - 28 ° C
Maximum Sizes: Men 4cm, females 6 cm.
Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 40 liters
Water Hardness: 7-19 ° dH (soft - very hard)
pH: 7.0 - 8.5

General Comments: With the peacefull nature of guppies and easy reproduction this fish come in to mind when some one said aquarium. By the natural selection a lot of different colored and shaped guppies are produced. The fish reach sexual maturity when they are 3 months old. They like planted tanks where the water over the plants. They live in a peace with other livebearers like rasbora, corydoras, small loricariid and tetra. To control mosquito larvae they are produced and released in most of third world country.

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