Platinum Red Tail Guppy, (Poecilia reticulata), Males and Females - Tank-Bred!
This exquisitely beautiful guppy variety is an excellent fish for the nano, community, and planted aquarium, and it is nearly unrivaled in its vivid coloration!
The Platinum Red Tail Guppy (Poecilia reticulata var. "Platinum Red Tail Guppy") is a relatively newer color strain of the classic guppy that has only very recently become available. This guppy boasts a vivid, blue coloration with red fins in the case of the males. As with other guppies, females are less colorful, but females of this variety still have a great deal of red coloration. It also has a long, flowing tail and dorsal fin that add to its extremely elegant appearance. This is a truly striking, beautiful fish that could be the centerpiece of any aquarium. Females of this variety are very rare and, when available, typically command a very high price.
Guppies typically occupy the top level of the water column, although they can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well. They are also not afraid to jump, so they must be kept in an aquarium with either a lid/hood/canopy or at least a significantly lowered water level. They will not eat or bother plants. They are safe with other peaceful fish as long as the other fish are not known to nip at the long tail of the guppy. Adult dwarf shrimp are generally safe as well, but guppies may eat shrimp fry. Larger, peaceful invertebrates can also make good tankmates. Guppies are best kept in groups.
While not a picky eater, the Platinum Red Tail Guppy will thrive and remain very colorful on a varied diet of meaty foods with supplementation of some nutritious plant matter. High-quality flake food, pellets, and frozen or freeze-dried foods will all be readily accepted.
- Beautiful overall red coloration and elegant appearance
- Peaceful disposition with fish and peaceful invertebrates
- Hardy and adaptable
- Excellent for inhabiting the top of the aquarium
- Temperature: 64° - 82° F (18° - 27.7° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 8.0
- KH: 10 - 30 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 10 gallons
- Diet: Omnivorous. Will easily accept high quality dry and frozen foods
- Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
- Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Northern South America
- Average adult size: 2.5 inches (6.3 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1 - 1.5 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm)