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How to Take Care of Guppy Fish

How to Take Care of Guppy Fish

How to Take Care of Guppy Fish Guppies are one of the most iridescent tropic freshwater fish on the planet. They are tiny, comparatively casual and won’t break the bank to keep. They are spectacular pets to begin with when it’s your first time to create an aquarium, or discovering an exciting hobby. With a decently furnished tank, the right feeding, and conscientious management, these fishes can boom . Select the right tank. The rule of thumb is for every five guppies, the minimum recommended tank volume should be 10 gallons. The bigger the aquarium is better. With this, you can ensure that your fishes will be healthy and you can easily maintain everything. Remember that if your tank is overcrowded, you will have a hard time maintaining it and it’s more often that you need to clean the water. The ratio is one guppy per 2 gallons. If you’re persistent to keep guppy fishes at home, consider the following tips for a successful guppy fish hobby: Number one. Make sure that you are familiar with the right water you are pouring in the aquarium. You might know already that the water is being treated by your local water distributor before it reaches your home? It has chlorine. But, most of the time, it has chloramine. Chloramine is being mixed to water to exterminate bacteria and germs that can harm humans. This substance is stronger than chlorine and stays in the water for longer period. By the way, both chlorine and chloramine are fatal to fish and the like. So, before you put the water in your aquarium, make sure that you dechlorinate the water from your faucet to make it safe for your cute little pets. You can purchase this solution from your local fish store. It has instruction that you can easily follow. Number two. Another factor to consider is the right pH level of water for your aquarium. Technically, the normal pH is 7. If the pH is higher than 7, your water is acidic. If the pH is lower than 7, it’s alkaline. When it comes to keeping guppy fish, the ideal pH level of water for them is 7.5. Some hobbyist put crushed coral in the tank. But, to be on a safer side, it would be much better if you purchase a test kit for pH level. Number three. To perfectly imitate the right habitat for guppy, consider the right temperature of the tank for them. Your guppy will be healthy between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s 24 to 28 degrees Celsius. An aquarium thermometer will be your best friend when it comes to this matter. In the Philippines, the climate is more considerable for guppy fish. That’s why most Filipino guppy fish keepers don’t need an aquarium thermometer. But, if you are located in a colder region, purchasing a tank heater is recommended. Guppy fishes can only survive in tropical or warm environment. Take note that aquarium heaters have various sizes. So, consult your local pet store staff before purchasing one. They are friendly and will assist you. Number four. Next is how to minimize the need to clean the aquarium. It’s very important to integrate a filtration system in your aquarium. If you happen to purchase an aquarium with built-in filtration system, good for you. But, some tanks are being sold without the said system so you will need to buy it individually. Take note to replace the filter media when it’s already filthy. The indicator is if it’s already brown. Also, the ceramic media is good for your fishes because it purifies the water. Number five. Putting plants in adds up to the total beauty of your fish tank. That being said, it’s vital to incorporate substrate on the bottom of your aquarium so that the plants can grow and thrive. Live plant is where good bacteria grow, which is beneficial for fishes. These beneficial bacteria help to purify the water in the tank as well as they eradicate the toxic substances that are harmful to your fishes. Moreover, live plants serve as hiding spots for pregnant guppies. They do this to prevent other fishes from eating their babies. If in case you want to use the plants that are available in your garden, there two are important reminders to consider. First, make sure that the plant can grow under water. If it’s not an aquatic plant, it will just melt and die in your tank. Second thing, if you happen to have an aquatic plant available in your backyard, since certain plants can both live outside and under water, make sure to rinse them completely before introducing the plant to your tank. In this way, your fish will be safe and won’t acquire any parasite that can be coming from the plants and soil in your backyard. If you are unsure about the right plants to use, ask your local fish store. They have plenty of them readily available for your dear aquarium. Number six. In order for everybody to appreciate the aesthetics of your aquarium, there must be source of light. Some hobbyists put their aquarium beside their window. Natural light can be a cost effective method. But, take note that if your tank is exposed to the sunlight for a prolonged period, algae can grow fast in your tank and their presence can turn your water green and they also stick on the aquarium walls. If putting your aquarium beside the window is not your option, the best choice is to purchase an artificial light. The best part of using this is you can control the number of hours your tank will be exposed to the light. For example, you can turn the light on during daytime and turn it off when you sleep. Or, you can do the opposite schedule. Number seven. Guppies never stop from eating. If you give them too much, they will have difficulty digesting everything that they took in. This condition will stress them out and can lead to their death. Guppies seem hungry most of the time, but actually they don’t have to be fed so often. You must only provide them the right amount of food. In the wild, guppy fish eats various sorts of foods, such as daphnia, earthworm, bloodworm, white worm, wrigglers or mosquito larvae, and brine shrimp. These type of foods aids them to grow faster and stimulate breeding behavior as they are rich in protein. But, take note that if you will give them these kinds of foods, make sure that you are certain that they are clean as most of them may contain parasite. At local fish stores, they may offer you the same kind, but most of them were frozen already. Typically, the daily diets for guppy fishes are fish flakes and sinking pellets. You can also offer your fish some vegetables, like cucumber, zucchini, spinach, peas, and mustard greens. To be on a safer side when feeding them, you can offer them food once or twice per day only So that means, one in the afternoon. Or you can feed them in the morning, then another feeding before you go to bed. If you notice that the water in your aquarium gets cloudy quickly, you must have been providing too much food for the fishes. They might not be consuming everything that you throw in your tank. That’s why the leftover fish foods are just rotting there. When they rot, they become ammonia. This substance is fatal for water creatures. Algae bloom is also an indication that there are too many toxic substances or ammonia in your tank. So, try to estimate the right amount of food only that you believe they can finish. To make your life easier. Number eight. Cleaning your tank becomes easy breezy if you have a siphon. Take note that you don’t have to remove all the water in your aquarium just to put fresh water. It’s not a good idea for your lovely fishes.
These fishes are a bit sensitive to sudden change of water temperature. That being said, when you need to remove the dirty water, just take out 15-25% of the liquid in your tank and then add some clean dechlorinated water until the tank reaches the needed water level. You can do the maintenance every week. Number nine. If you’re planning to grow the population of your guppy fishes, it’s important to keep in mind the ratio of female versus male guppies. For every male guppy, you can mix them with at least three female guppies. This technique is helpful to prevent the female guppies from getting stressed out. Male guppies are persistent and aggressive when it comes to mating female guppies. You would want your female guppies to live longer, right? Once you have mastered the art of keeping guppy fishes, you’ll be glad because they reproduce every month. A female guppy can give birth up to 60 live, free-swimming babies. guys, that all for now. Happy fish keeping. Alright guys, that all for now. Happy fish keeping. Follow those tips and you will enjoy the hobby. Keeping guppy fishes is stress-relieving and adds value to your home. Your kids will also love it. Please give a like on this channel and subscribe. Thanks.

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