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Poecilia reticulata
Wild Guppy, Guaru

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Very hardy fish and inexpensive! You can get them as low as 5 cents each. The males can be quite colorful. Very pretty offspring when breeding fancy females with feeder males.

Contributed by Ray Chance

I have been keeping tropical fish for 30 years. The feeder guppy was my first experience with tropical fish. No matter what other kind of fish I've kept, I've always found room for this attractive and interesting little fish. I have used them as feeder fish when they start to overpopulate, which doesn't take long. But I really don't do that much anymore, as I find them to be very interesting in their own right. During the hot Texas summers where I live, I put a few in my outdoor pond and by the fall I remove large numbers of surprisingly plump and colorful fish to put in my various aquariums. One of my tanks is a 900 L with several large bala sharks. There is so much plant cover that the guppies have a well established breeding population which keeps growing, with only a few fry getting eaten from time to time. I definitely recommend this fish.

Contributed by R Roberts

My fiance bought some of these as feeder fish for his turtle tank two years ago. They spawned almost instantly and, though we still have to feed the turtle (he can't quite catch them yet!) it is fun to watch the fish swim about and we don't regret buying them. The tank is unheated, except for a heat lamp that goes on for turtle basking during the day, and these fish are thriving like I would never have believed if someone told me. While I do feed them every other day, I probably don't need to as they do eat the algae that grows on the rockwork. I highly recommend them, especially for beginners!

Contributed by Brianne

My husband and I have been fishkeeping for the past 20 years. Our all time favourite is the wild guppy. We have one 110 liter tank at home that is strictly wild guppies--male and female. Of course the population ebbs and flows--with us having to give away many to our fishloving neighbours (not as feeders). Once in a while I'll buy a couple of particularly attractive fancy males to add to the gene pool. This produces beautiful fish! I have a 110 liter tank in my kindergarten room where I teach that is mostly male--and I have a small 20 liter for the females. We don't use conditioners and only change the water maybe once every 3-4 months, and they seem to love the heavily planted conditons. We do seem to have many more males than females though, which we try to balance, though I think that this is because of the water temperature--I've heard that females are born in cooler tanks--ours is 24-26C. All in all a fun hobby--and the kids love it!

Contributed by Eva D'Amico

This is an amazing little fish! I got 3 males at $0.32. They are peacefully living with my fancy guppies in a 40 L tank with a green cabomba, plastic plants, algae, and lots of small snails. I'm expecting a batch of wild/fancy guppies from my beautiful young female soon, and I've heard they turn out really pretty. These little guys are great, you should totally get some if you're looking for a low-cost, prolific, pretty, and easy to care for fish. You can get them at aquarium stores as feeder fish, they usually come by the dozen, but you can ask for less. Start out with 2 males and 5 females (or less of both!) because they breed like crazy! Good luck!

Contributed by a visitor

Wild guppies are really hardy fish. I got 3 males for 10 cents each a few months ago. I have them with some fancy guppies, but they harrass the females 24/7. They go nuts breeding, but few of the fry survive because the parents eat them! They are cool fish, but always make sure that there are more females that males.

Contributed by a visitor

These are really beautiful fish are really underrated today. When fed properly, the male's colors rival many of the iridescent tetras, and they do nicely for crossing with domesticated fancies. They replenish their numbers with astounding speed, so once you get a small group settled in, you don't usually have to worry about buying more. While I don't have any at this time, as my last group of them was lost during a move, I do plan to acquire more shortly. Any extras I put in the goldfish pond during summer, where they serve to keep the smaller bloodsuckers in check and provide food for the larger insects, frogs, and fish. These fishes deserve much more respect than given, for the millionsfish is truly one of the cornerstone species that paved the way for the modern tropical fish hobby.

Contributed by Jacob

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