Name: Poecilia reticulata
Origin: Northern South America
I got a tank of these little guys set up on my balcony. They are great little breeders, multiplying much faster, and growing much faster than my fancy guppies. Also, they require absolutely no maintenance. I have my tank in direct sunlight, algae grows, and they eat it. I never have to feed them.
I started out with two of these about five months ago, when I bought them as feeder guppies for like US$0.30 each. I just thought they were cute. Well now I have about 50 mini versions of cute in my 75 liter aquarium. They don't stop making little ones. They are great little fish and are perfectly fine by themselves, in a betta tank or anything. Very hearty.
We have these guppies in our streams here in Hawaii. I took some home and yup, they multiply quickly! While not as fancy as some of the bred versions, they do have quite an interesting flourescent coloring and make for a nice touch of color in any aquarium!
Wild guppies are a great fish to start with due to several factors. They're cheap, easily maintained, and fast breeders. I originaly started off with a 20 L glass aquarium and 5 guppies. Within 4 months, I had upwards of 100 guppies spread between 3 total tanks. Rarely did I have issues regarding adults feeding on the young, despite having little or no plant cover. Suffice to say, they breed fast. Around a year into my investment, I decided to see how tolerant the fish would be concerning food and water temperature. As time progressed, the fish became totally oblivious to flake food, merely needing the algae which had been growing on the rocks of the aquarium. With no heater turned on in the tank, breeding slowed. Despite my hopes of controlling the situation with 16°C water, the fish continued to breed. All in all, they're hardy fish. I will toss out a warning to anyone concerned about breeding habbits: many books claim that sexual maturity takes upwards of 6 months, with some cases showing maturity in only 2 months. Expect many young to become sexually mature in two months. While water temperature may retard the overall maturing process, I don't believe it will stop these fish from breeding 'like rabbits'.
These fish have been introduced and are basically abundant in Southeast Asia, especially in the Philippines. I used to mix these wild guppies with my yellow tuxedo and German guppies and they seem to be very sociable. I've collected some strikingly colorful wild guppies that are all males. As time goes by the population of these fish have extremely magnified and you can even find them in canals and waterways anywhere. Presently the role of these wild guppies in the aquarium world are FEEDS for carnivorous tankmates.
I have these cute looking fishes in my tank. These fishes are really cool breed of fishes that were also introduced in India, so I don't have to purchase them since I catch them from the swamp or chambers. Well as others say they don't require any maintenance at all, even I would say the same thing. The reason being they are very adaptative to any climate and fast breeders. I have been maintaning these fishes since I was 8 years of age. They belong to the guppy family, however these fishes are more aggressive and can kill other breed male guppys. I have been studying their behaviour and they do attack other peace-loving fishes as well as other breeds of guppys. These fishes are very possessive about their females and they always want to breed. Their life span is about 2 to 3 years if taken care properly. Believe it or not they are execellent fishes to be maintained and I use them as feeder fishes for my copper oscars. So you have both the advantages you can show off as well as feed them to your oscars and arowanas.