The guppy is hands down the most popular fish to exist in the fishkeeping hobby, and it is easy to see why. Also known as Poecilia reticulata, this fish comes in a plethora of different colors, patterns, and fin types and sizes. As such, no matter what you are looking for, you are almost sure to find a guppy that you think looks amazing. These small livebearers are very prolific in most environments, and although they are originally from the junction of Central and South America, they have now spread into other continents and waterways.
In the wild, these fish are found in many different types of water conditions, from soft to hard, and from acidic to alkaline, guppies are able to thrive in all sorts of conditions. You can even keep them in varied salinity, as they are routinely collected from brackish estuaries and such. Due to their being livebearers, harder water that has more calcium content in it is usually preferred, because not only are these fish very prolific, the embryos develop to a much more mature state within the mother, and thus require many more things to help them build bone and muscle. You will want to avoid heavy flow for the most part, especially with the larger finned, more ornate strains of them. The larger fins weigh more and thus make the fish unable to swim as well as their natural sized cousins, and so they appreciate soft flow. These fish also appreciate a densely planted tank, and will even clean many of the short, filamentous algae as well! The plants also provide a great area for the babies to avoid being eaten by adults. Avoid decorations which might catch their fins, since the larger they are the more risk for a scrape, and beyond that for secondary infection.
These little fish are a great choice for most peaceful community tanks, and seem to do best with other fish who are of similar temperament and size. You should also keep in mind that while males only need to inseminate a female, the females need to gestate, and so you should provide about two females per male to avoid undue stress.
The red dragon halfmoon guppy is one of the strains that has been selectively bred over generations to achieve a specific look. The red dragon refers to the “dragon” pattern which has a bright red fins. The dragon pattern is a light colored head which fades into a dense, dark mid and rear section of its body. The fins feature loosely spaced black dots on a field of red, which look a bit like flames. The halfmoon refers to the shape of the tail, of which the top and bottom rays should spread into a full 180 degree spread when the guppy is fully fired up and displaying. These fish also tend to sport a beautiful multicolored iridescence when shown in the right light. These fish ship individually bagged.
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