How To Introduce Guppies To A New Tank

Adding any of the many types of guppies to an aquarium will definitely make it more attractive. Ideally, a few fancy guppies should do the trick. These guppies come in bright colors like gold, blue, red, and even green.

Acclimate Guppies

To add your guppies to the new tank, float the container you brought them home in the tank for about 30 minutes. During this time, add a little tank water (every 5 to 10 minutes) into the bag so that they can acclimate to the water chemistry.

Do this until there’s a 50/50 ratio of tank water and the water that they came in. However, don’t let any of the water from the container get into the tank. After, move your guppies to their new home using a net.

Tank Conditions

These tropical fish prefer warm water, and, adding a tablespoon of salt for every 5 gallons of water. This helps keep them healthy and happy. Also, try not to overcrowd your tank. Keep at least 1 male for every 2 females. Remember that these are prolific breeders. They also live for a shorter period than other fish. So, keep an eye on tank conditions and tank mates.

Guppies are among the most popular types of freshwater aquarium fish and you might think its ok to just throw them in a tank with other fish. But, always try to avoid placing fish that grow larger than your guppies in the same tank unless you do it for population control, i.e, betta fish to help eat the fry. See,

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Foodwise, guppies aren’t picky eaters. Flaked food, live-specimens (larvae, bloodworms), etc. that you can get at a pet fish shop or online fish store are all recommended. They can even eat vegetables that you have at home. However, a well-balanced diet of both plant and animal sources is best. For more information see the following articles:


Acclimating guppies to your tank is a job requiring a lot of time and patience. However, once you successfully transfer your guppy to their new home, take good care of them by providing excellent water conditions, regular cleaning, fresh food, and great tank mates.