Guppy Breeding Guide
Guppies breeding is relatively easy and it can even be fun for the whole family. Guppies are easy-going fish, and they are quite hardy, so you do not have to be an expert breeder to be successful at breeding guppies.
There are two ways to breed guppies, and both have distinct advantages and disadvantages. We will talk about both.
The first way is to have a separate breeding tank. This is a very nice way to breed guppies and offers you a lot of control. By placing the guppies in a tank by themselves, you can make sure that you are getting the colors that you want. Another good reason to have a separate breeding tank is so that the female parent does not eat her fry when they are born! By removing the parents from the breeding tank after the fry are born, they are kept safe from being eaten.
In addition to the reasons mentioned above, there is another advantage to having a separate breeding tank. You will be able to control the environment and better make it conducive to the fry, since they will be the only fish in the tank.
The disadvantage to using a separate breeding tank is that it costs more to have two tanks and it takes up more space.
The second way to breed guppies is by using a community tank. Keeping the guppies in a community tank will keep the color of the fry a surprise and you might get combinations that you didn’t expect. This can be a lot of fun!
Another advantage is that it’s much easier and less expensive to keep just one tank than having two separate ones.
One disadvantage of breeding guppies in a community tank is that the tank members will attempt to eat the fry. It’s best to provide cover for the fry in a community tank for this reason. Java moss is the best choice here because it provides a thick, dense place for the fry to hide. It will also keep bigger fish from being able to get at the fry.
A few additional important points for breeding guppies:
1) The water temperature should be 74 to 82 degrees Farenheit.
2) Since the female can store sperm for up to 3 months, if you are planning to do selective breeding, be sure to isolate her for up to 3 spawns before allowing her to mate with the male of your choosing.
3) As soon as the fry hatch, they will need to eat. Provide them with freshly hatched brine shrimp and high quality powdered food.
There is no question that guppies breeding is quite easy and can be a lot of fun!