The guppy is what it eats. Much of your guppies’ life depends on the right food, and thus on the careful care of the aquarist.
The wrong food will have a bad effect on the health of your guppies and the water values in your aquarium. Too much fatty food leads to obesity. One of the most common reasons why ornamental fish die prematurely. Fertility can also suffer. That’s why you should pay attention to the following tips for a species-appropriate diet.
Do I need special guppy food?
No – guppies have the same food requirements as other live toothcarps. Guppy food is just as suitable for mollies, swordtails and platies.
Guppy food for strong colors
Guppies are characterized by their colorfulness. In the wild the guppy feeds mainly on plants. This way they absorb lots of carotenoids. Carotenoids are plant pigments, they give the plants intense colors. These carotenoids are also said to provide more splendid colors for guppies. In the wild, guppies specifically look for plant parts and algae that are rich in colorants. The more iridescent the coloration of the animals, the better their chances of mating.
It is not clear whether other living tooth carps exhibit similar behavior. But the food will not harm them either. If the colors of your animals are of great importance to you
The right food for guppies
Flake food is a good and convenient food base for guppies. The composition plays a big role. The most important thing is the right protein content. It should contain at least four times more protein than fat.
Flake food as every aquarist knows it. There is probably nothing more practical. Photo published by Buchling for Wikimedia
Fat is still an important part of the diet. Especially the unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. Fats are necessary to digest proteins and absorb nutrients. Without sufficient fat, the necessary metabolic processes can not run properly.
Still pay attention to the fat source. High quality flakes rely on fish oil. Fish oil provides high quality animal omega-3 fats. They can be best absorbed and digested by the fish.
Live food as a change to flake food
Flake food should not be the only food for your guppies. As with humans, your animals should not have too one-sided a diet. At regular intervals your fish should be served with live or frozen food. Both can be purchased at the pet store.
mosquito larvae are especially liked by your guppies. There are black, white and red mosquito larvae. Some people are allergic to the dye in red mosquito larvae. Also some fish species do not tolerate it. If you are unsure, you should avoid red mosquito larvae. Besides mosquito larvae water fleas and tubifex are an ideal food supplement. Tubifex can also be bred quite simply by yourself.
Tubifex are small worms that live on the bottom ground. Photo by Patrick Roper under cc license
How often should I feed my guppies??
Adult guppies should only get as much food as they can digest completely in one day. If the food is not completely eaten after a maximum of five minutes, it was too much food at once.
Growing fish can be fed twice a day to help them grow. The quality of the food can have an influence on the feeding intervals. The higher the quality of the food, the less has to be fed. This is also better for the water values, because less food residues collect in the substrate, which decompose over time.
It is completely different with young animals. You need to eat even more regularly (max. 4 times a day), so that they can reach their full size and do not live below their potential. Of course, this is only feasible if the young and the adults do not share the same aquarium. They need different food than the adults.