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Some tips to follow when breeding “show quality” guppies …

Tips And Tricks by Mary Jane

When cleaning your box filters, save 1/3 of the cleanest floss to insert between the new floss. This will help seed your new floss with good bacteria. When cleaning a confined space such as a breeder box or small tank, … Continue reading

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Guppy Glossary – Meanings From A to Z by Mary Jane

Acclimation: the process of slowly introducing a fish to new water conditions. Acid: a solution (i.e. water) with a pH less than 7.0. Activated Carbon: a highly porous filtering medium prepared by exposing organic materials such as bones to high … Continue reading

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Selecting females for certain, better color by Kovalevsky V.

If the next task is to work on color, then after selecting the most suitable male, it is necessary to find females that would give the offspring a certain, better color. For this purpose resort to the test with a … Continue reading

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Gestation Period for Guppies (in general)

  Is My Guppy Pregnant? Female guppies can get pregnant as early as one month old in a warm tank, although the usual maturity age is three months. The key to understanding a guppy’s gestation period is knowing if she … Continue reading

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Temperature, tanks and young gupps

Back in 1968 I ran an experiment on temperature and young gupps. I split a dropping of fry …  kept one half at about 72-75 degrees and the other half I kept at about 80-82 degrees, both in 10 gallon … Continue reading

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Fry Tank Maintenance by Mary Jane

A good temperature for fry is 80°F, which gets their metabolism in high gear. However, this is not a necessity — mid 70’s is sufficient. At the higher temperatures, they will eat more and grow faster. This is important when … Continue reading

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Guppy Facts by Mary Jane

The guppy is named after the Rev. J.L. Guppy of Trinidad, an early collector of the species from the late 1800’s. Guppies (Poecilia reticulata) are placed in the family as mollies and mosquitofish. Natural habitat The wild, original guppy is … Continue reading

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COMPATIBLE STRAINS / BY JIM ALDERSON

Just about every PPGA meeting I will bring a trio of fish for a new member. After handing the fish over to the new guppy enthusiast, one of the first things they always ask is “Do you think these will … Continue reading

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BREEDING GUPPIES by Mary Jane

There many, many different ways to involve yourself in the hobby of breeding guppies. Many people start out with an interest in the new fish they have acquired since they are beautiful and seem to reproduce with reckless abandon. As … Continue reading

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BREEDING STRATEGY – RECORD KEEPING / BY MIDGE HILL

Hi there, During my guppy keeping experience, I learn that record keeping is a practice you need to instill in your guppy rearing process. What would you do if you suddenly discover that a batch of fries from a strain … Continue reading

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VARIETY IN GUPPIES WHEN SPACE IS LIMITED / BY MIDGE HILL

Part 1. Most guppy breeders love variety … this is usually why they pick guppies in the first place. But raising a large variety of different types properly takes a great many tanks and a lot of space. It is … Continue reading

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FRY, THE VITAL 1ST MONTH / BY MIDGE HILL

What happens in the first full month of life can make or break a show guppy. Whether you are hoping to raise winning show fish or just super special guppy pets, what you do in the first 30 days will … Continue reading

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IMPROVING EXISTING STRAINS AND CREATING NEW STRAINS BY JIM ALDERSON

BREEDING TECHNIQUES FOR MAINTAINING & IMPROVING EXISTING STRAINS AND CREATING NEW STRAINS; TO IMPROVE ALBINOS: Gold Red Male X Albino Female = 100 % Gray Reds Gray Red Male X Albino Female (original strain) = 50 % Albinos with vigor. … Continue reading

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HOW TO OUTCROSS GUPPY STRAINS

The following article is based on remarks made to the regular meeting of SCGA on June 7, 1973 by Midge Hill. We all know that the best advice one can receive (and follow) on how to breed show guppies is, … Continue reading

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MAINTAINING A COLOR STRAIN – II / by Luke Roebuck

How To Maintain A Guppy Strain … The specific breeding techniques we use to maintain or improve a color strain vary from breeder to breeder and are strain dependent. Still, the basis for all breeding programs consists of the following … Continue reading

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MAINTAINING A COLOR STRAIN – I / by Luke Roebuck

Maintaining a color strain involves several basic procedures which need to be undertaken to achieve desired results. These include the following: proper breeder selection, purchasing and acquiring supplies, basic care and maintenance, feeding techniques, culling and selecting, basic knowledge of … Continue reading

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Selecting A Breeding Program By Stephen Kwartler

There must be one strict rule to follow when one decides to breed show guppies. If you decide that you really want to breed and produce the best quality show fish, you must obtain your ‘seeds’ from the best source … Continue reading

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The difference between IN*breeding and INTER*breeding

Creating a new strain working with related genes requires using *line breeding or IN*breeding methods (preferably a bit of both.) Bringing two unrelated strains together would be INTER*breeding. This would bring separate and granted possibly unknown genetic factors together. Casual … Continue reading

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