Small-Scale Guppy Breeding

How to breed nice guppies in just 8 planted tanks

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Male guppies that I have bred and raised in my small-scale breeding operation

This 2022 revision of my article Small Scale Guppy Breeding describes how I breed fancy guppies in just nine tanks.  Articles covers the basics, but it contains new, vital information on guppy reproduction.  Learn why I keep “chase” females with my juvenile males, why one female accepted and quickly mated with a new male but her full-sister rejected him…  Learn the pros and cons of separating the sexes, how I breed for fitness…  Overall, the article celebrates the guppy’s genetic trait of color polymorphism.  Unlike breeding methods that emphasize strain uniformity, I work with the guppy’s natural tendency to produce different color patterns (Photo).  This not only makes guppy breeding more fun but avoids inbreeding problems and genetic weaknesses.

Small Shrimp Tanks

Article on setting up small planted tanks for pet shrimp.

Small Planted Tanks for Pet Shrimp (9 pages) was written for people wanting to keep planted tanks.  I show how to set up 1-gal bowls with small shrimp, which is an easy, inexpensive way to get started.  Bowls shown at 1 month in photo were off to a good start and continued to do well.  For hobbyists who want to try something a little different, I describe setting up small tanks with the Dry Start Method (DSM).  With DSM, aquarium plants are grown emergent (in air) for the first 2-3 months before adding the water and the shrimp to the tank. Both methods involve using ordinary soil as a planting medium and keeping Red Cherry Shrimp, which are hardy, colorful, and cute.ShrimpBowlsSmaller