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Poecilia picta - Swamp GuppyMagyarul / Hungarian
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  • Scientific name: Poecilia picta
  • Synonyms: Micropoecilia picta
  • Common name: Swamp Guppy
  • Group: Livebearers
  • Habitat: South America; Guyana, Trinidad, Brazil.
  • Size: male: 3 cm, female: 5 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits mildly brackish water in canals and drainage ditches at the edges of swamps, but does venture far inland.
  • Social behavior: Peaceful. The males are aggressive breeders and sometimes harass the females.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; predominately small live foods, especially mosquito larvae and occasionally flake foods.
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 30 litres
  • Population: 1 male and 3-4 females for 40 litres
  • Decoration: Use dark substrate and gently lighting so the bright iridescent colors can be clearly appreciated. Add 5 gramm salt to 1 litre of water.
  • Temperature: 26-28 °C
  • pH: 7.5-8.2
  • Hardness: 20-40 NK°
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years

Description: This is one of the most beautiful livebearers, and it should receive more attention. Typically the fish is silvery-green with patches of yellow, blue, and black. At firsh glance, it looks like a wild guppy, but it is a bit more streamlined and its tail is not so large. The base colors yellow, blue and black are always present in the males. Swamp Guppy has a red color variant which body is orange-reddish with some black spots. Females have drab gray coloration. Older females can show golden/orange areas on the belly.

Males are more colorful, have a gonopodium and a smaller more slender body. Provide the breeders with small mosquito larvae and Drosophila. Embryos can make up 25% of the weight of the female. Usually 11 -25 offspring are produced. The fry are predated by the adults, therefore a separate birthing / raising tank is required.

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