How To Care For Baby Guppies?

Guppies eat a wide variety of food, including vegetables, flakes, pellets, and even meat. Their diet is easy to adapt to and does not require much effort.

However, it must be noted that depending on your guppy’s age, their diet will vary if we were to take on the healthiest diet for them possible. Each stage within a guppy’s life has a diet dedicated to it for the most efficient as possible.

How To Care For Baby Guppies?

So I’m going to detail what to feed at each point in life for a guppy. Guppy fry brings an interesting factor into this section of the article because unlike other stages of a guppy’s life, a fry needs to be fed the most frequently. Each fry can be fed about 4 to 8 times a day and whatever you decide to feed needs to be split into much smaller pieces so they can fit inside a fry’s mouth.

The reason they’re fed more frequently is due to their stomachs are unable to handle large amounts of food. So overfeeding or disposing of a huge batch of food in the tank will cause harm to your fry as they might try to overfeed. Guppy fry takes their diet as they grow on and often would love eating baby brine shrimp, and different kinds of vegetables with high-quality crushed guppy flakes.

Baby Guppy Food

Feeding baby guppies provides an interesting challenge. Even though baby guppies are extremely tiny, they are also a very hungry species. Even at such a young stage, baby guppies need to be fed after every half hour. You don’t have to feed them every half hour, but I will advise you to at least feed them every hour for optimum growth.

Baby Guppy Food

Housing Guppy fry

Several breeders separate their young by sex as early as they can maybe two weeks after birth. I did the same and separated them after two weeks. Guppy fry should be housed in 1-gallon containers. However, after 2 weeks, when they start to grow, you should immediately move them to a large tank. I followed the same procedure as it allows the fish to grow better. Live food is a great choice for baby guppy fish.

Housing Guppy fry

Ample Hiding Spots

You must provide your guppies with ample hiding spots. These include little rocks, caves, vegetation, and decorative pieces that they can swim between and around, allowing them to hide from the larger guppies in the tank until they are large enough to avoid being eaten on their own.

Ample Hiding Spots

Since guppy fry needs a week to grow, such decorations will allow them to hide during this period. This will keep them safe from the other larger guppies, increasing their chances of survival.

Light Conditions

Guppy fry likes to be in the light. I keep my guppy fry in the light for about 12-16 hours a day. You can do the same for your guppy fish. I have purchased some light-on timers and I advise you to do the same. The reason guppy fry like to be in the light for so long is so that they can grow properly. Guppies that don’t receive enough light as fry often grow in deformed ways, as their spines may not grow properly. Make sure not to give them too much light, as fish need their rest as well. They don’t necessarily sleep, but too much light will cause them to remain overactive.

guppy Light Conditions

Water Conditions

Make sure you are keeping the water as fresh and clean as possible. This is to ensure that your guppy grows in the cleanest environment possible. The more guppies you have in your tank, the more amount of times you should change the water. This is because the more crowded your tank gets, the dirtier it will become from uneaten food particles, fish waste, and other debris.

guppy Water Conditions

Diet

Surprisingly enough, baby guppies can mostly eat whatever adult guppies can eat. Variety is essential in the diet of your guppy fry. This is because no one food has all the proper nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that will help your fry grow into healthy, strong guppies. Try to mix up the foods you’re giving to your guppies so that they are getting a variety of nutrients. You can feed them baby brine shrimp, vinegar eels, daphnia, micro worms, and so on as long as the food you are feeding them is not too large. This is because baby guppies have a mouth width of 6mm so they need to eat food smaller than that. You can buy all these at a local pet or fish store.

Diet

The Bottom Line On How To Care For Baby Guppies?

You have to take care of baby guppies as they are very tiny and delicate creatures. However, as soon as they pass the danger zone of the Fry stage, they are mature enough to take care of themselves.

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