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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.

 

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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

  • Range: Venezuela, South America, Barbados, Trinidad and Northern Brazil

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

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cyprinodontiformes

  • Family: Poeciliidae


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!




I
nteresting 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:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Guppy has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.
     

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Guppy has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Guppy Fish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • 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.

Guppy

  • Interesting Information about the Guppy Fish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Guppy Fish slimy?

  • Why does the Guppy have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why does the Guppy Fish have fins?

  • Species: Poecilia reticulata

 

 

 

 


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