The Chilli Mosaic Guppy (Poecilia reticulata) is a very striking guppy variety that has lots of red, blue, and green coloration in males. Males display this color across the entire body and all fins, but females are also exceptionally colorful!
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 small groups.
While not a picky eater, the Chilli Mosaic Guppy will thrive and remain very colorful on a varied diet of meaty foods. High-quality flake food, pellets, and frozen or freeze-dried tubifex and bloodworms will all be readily accepted.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Vibrant multi-colored markings in males and females
- Peaceful disposition with fish and peaceful invertebrates
- Hardy and adaptable
- Excellent for inhabiting the top of the aquarium
- Easy to breed in the aquarium
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
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), females are larger
Average purchase size: 1 - 1.5 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm) or larger