Care Level: Easy
Live Plant Safe: Yes
General Description: The Albino Red Guppy is a selectively bred ornamental strain from the ancestral wild-type Guppy (Poecilia reticulata) that comes from northeastern South America. One of the most adaptable fish in the aquarium trade, guppies are peaceful fish with clear sexual dimorphism between males and females. Males are smaller with more elaborate fins, and may be more colorful, than females who are more robust with short caudal (tail) fins. The male Albino red guppy has an overall reddish-orange body and fins, in addition to its eye appearing red due to its albinism. Guppies are livebearers, meaning that females will produce live fry (i.e., offspring) in abundance. It is best to keep multiple females per a single male, as male guppies tend to frequently harass females. These fish are very prolific without intervention, and sperm from males can be stored in females for several months. If you want to avoid your tank filling up with guppies, we advise to stick to purchasing one sex. Mixing guppies with Endler’s Livebearers (Poecilia wingei) is not recommended as cross-breeding will occur. Adult guppies can reach a size of approximately 2.5″, with females averaging on the larger side.
Diet Requirements: Guppies are one of the unfussiest aquarium fishes. A diet made up of various high quality vegetable based and protein based flake foods, sinking micro pellet foods and bug bites are ideal, in addition to offering frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia. Variety is the spice of life in order to maintain color, immune function and longevity of your fish.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 5 to 10 gallon aquarium is ideal for a small group of Albino red guppies, or guppies in general. Size up accordingly to accomodate a larger group, or if you intend to breed guppies. While Albino red guppies are relatively hardy and easy to care for, they would do best introduced into a biologically mature aquarium. Certain guppies can be sensitive to water parameters given the extent of selective breeding over decades. The aquarium does not need to be aquascaped with anything in particular, but guppies do appreciate live plants and floating plant material. Very strong water movement should be avoided, as should tank mates that will nip at the decorative fins of male guppies (e.g., certain barbs and tetras). Albino red guppies can be mixed with docile tetra, rasbora, other livebearers (except for Endler’s) and corydoras catfish for example. Different ornamental strains of guppies can be kept together with success, but be aware that the “quality” of their offspring and subsequent generations will be decreased from mixing two, or more, very different gene pools. Serious guppy breeders often stick to a single color strain to ensure that the genetic integrity of that type is maintained. Recommended water conditions, 72-82° F, KH 9-19, pH 7.5-8.5.
Purchase Size: Medium: 1”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.