Description of the Guppy Fish
The Guppy is also known as the Millionfish. They are an extremely popular aquarium pet fish and are prolific breeders! Guppies are an ideal fish for the beginner, they are hardy and breeding is almost a certainty! It is easy to differentiate between the male and female Guppy; the males are colorful whilst the females are a dull grey color. Avoid putting Guppies in a tank with Cichlids or Siamese Fighting fish as they can attack them.
Picture of a Guppy Fish
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Popular Name: Guppy
Species: Poecilia reticulata
Profile of the Guppy
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Guppy species.
Size: Females up to 6cm, Males up to 3.5cm
Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 25.5-28 Degrees PH: 7.0-8.0
Temperament: The Guppy is a peaceful fish, they are however prolific breeders!
Diet / Feeding: Flake Food, Algae and Brine Shrimp
Habitat: Freshwater streams and rivers
Behaviour: Males can become aggressive
Scientific Classification of the Guppy
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.
Species: Poecilia reticulata
Popular Names: Guppy - Millionfish - Renting - Guppies
Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Guppy?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!
Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Guppy slimy?
Guppy Fish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Guppy to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Guppy Fish have gills?
Gills enable the Guppy to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Guppy have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:
Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Guppy has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement.
Fish Species - Guppy Fish