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20 Different Types of Guppies

Different type of guppy on black isolated background.

One of the fish species that almost everyone is familiar with is the guppy. Guppies may be found all around the world.

Many people who maintain fish in aquariums are surprised to learn how many different kinds of guppies there are, even though these species have been a mainstay in the sport for more than a century.

Several species of Guppies are listed here, including ones that you may not have been aware of. Keep reading for more.

1. Fantail Guppy

A Fantail guppy on aquarium.

The fantail guppy is a breed of guppy that is quite common and simple to locate. The caudal fins of the males are enormous and stunning; in fact, they are almost as long as the body of the fish! The breed is defined by having a long tail that is triangular and has straight edges.

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The dorsal fin is another characteristic that sets this species apart from others. It should curve backward until it reaches around the first third of the tail. For fantail guppies, a 10-gallon tank should only have a maximum of 10 guppies. They love having extra space in the tank.

2. Delta Tail Guppy

A white Delta Tail guppy on aquarium.

There is another name for the delta tail guppy, which is the triangle tail guppy. They are somewhat similar to the fantail guppies, however, the outside edge of their tail is a little concave instead of flat (rounded outwards). There is a huge variety of coloration and patterning options available for delta-tailed guppies.

The delta guppy needs to be kept in an aquarium that is about 10 gallons. This fish is also very peaceful, therefore, you should house it with other fish that have almost the same temperament to ensure that it has a long and happy life.

3. Lyretail Guppy

A Lyretail guppy on aquarium.

In case you were curious, a lyre is an ancient musical instrument that has the form of a U, and this is where these fish got their name. The tail forms of lyretail guppies are very unique and intriguing and this kind of tail is quite similar to the double swordtail. However, the extensions have a tiny bend outward rather than remaining straight and parallel to one another.

For these types of guppies, you need to make sure that the water has a temperature range of 68 degrees Fahrenheit to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The tank also needs to be a little salty, meaning you need to add at least 1 to 1.25 teaspoons of aquarium per gallon.

4. Roundtail Guppy

A Roundtail guppy on black isolated background.

Guppies with round tails have a circular tail fin with a diameter that is about equal to half of their total length. Their dorsal fin is rather lengthy and has a rounded tip at the end of its length. Because the round tail guppy breed is available in such a wide variety of unique colors and patterns, there is sure to be a round tail that is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes of every fishkeeper.

For this guppy, you need to make sure the tank contains fresh water. Make sure that the tank you place the guppy in is enough to accommodate and should also leave some extra space for the guppy. 

5. Half-moon Tail Guppy

The difference between the round tail and the half-moon tail guppy is that the latter has a caudal fin that is bigger and more developed. The tail is in the shape of a half-circle and begins at right angles (90 degrees) to the body of the fish.

Although it’s not nearly as long as the body, the tail may sometimes grow to be as longer than the fish itself. The dorsal fin of half-moon tail guppies is rather massive and extends a bit beyond the tail in certain cases.

When you are choosing a guppy, you need to make sure the tank is large enough depending on the number of these guppies you would like to keep. Ideally, a 10-gallon tank will be ideal for housing up to five of these guppies. 

6. Pin Tail Guppy

A Pin Tail guppy on black isolated background.

The pintail guppy has a little tail that is shaped like a circle and has a tip that extends from the center of the tail. In this regard, it is somewhat comparable to the spear tail guppy; nevertheless, the pointed caudal fin is much more pronounced in this breed than it is in the other.

The dorsal fin is also extremely large and sharply pointed, resulting in a strong and dramatic appearance that is characteristic of a fancy guppy. Make sure that the water for your pin tail guppy is dechlorinated before you bring this guppy home and it’ll thrive.

7. Scarf Tail Guppy

The Scarf or Flag-Tailed guppy is an extremely unusual morph that is characterized by a long tail in the form of a rectangle. Their tail almost reaches the length of the body of the fish. There are only a select few breeders in the world who deal with this characteristic, which is widely believed to be the result of a mutation of the Delta Tail.

Ideally, you should make sure that your guppy is exposed to the right amount of light. You should also keep them in the dark for an average of 8 hours per day.

The light and darkness should be alternative and scheduled accordingly. You can use a timer to help you out and make sure that your guppy is kept comfortable at all times.

8. Bottom Swordtail Guppies

Swordtail guppies have small, oval bodies and short, sword-like tails that protrude at an angle of 15 degrees from the body’s central axis. In most cases, the oval component of the tail does not reach more than around one-fifth of the total length of the body. This more mature morph does not come in a wide variety of hues.

Make sure that the temperature of the tank is well set up. On average the temperature should be around 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and this should be maintained. Make sure you have a thermometer to measure the temperature.

9. Lace Guppy

A colorful Lace tail guppy on white isolated background.

Lace guppies are distinguished by the very detailed decorations that cover their bodies and fins. They are similar to cobra guppies, with the exception that they do not have any vertical bars on their bodies. There is a wide range of color options for lace guppies, some of which are red, gold, black, and many more.

10. Mosaic Tail Guppy

A Mosaic Tail guppy on black isolated background.

The tails and dorsal fins of mosaic tail guppies are adorned with intricate patterns that look like mosaics, hence the name. The markings are comparable to those of the lace guppy, although they are somewhat more pronounced.

It is just as low-maintenance as the lace guppy and can survive in most guppy-friendly conditions. This breed’s tail colors are lighter and less intense at the beginning of the fin and become darker and much more intense as it moves toward the back.

11. Swordtail Guppy

A Swordtail guppy on aquarium.

The breed of fancy guppy known as the swordtail guppy comes in a few distinct variants. It is important not to mistake the swordtail breed of the fancy guppy with the swordtail fish, also known as Xiphophorus helleri, which may grow to be far bigger.

Both the upper and lower tail fins of double swordtail guppies are extended into a sword shape. They are also seen in varieties known as top swordtails and bottom swordtails, in which only one end of the tail is pointed. It is recommended that the piece of the tail in the center not be colored, since this helps the “swords” to show out more clearly.

12. Cobra Guppies

A colorful Cobra guppy on aquarium.

There is a wide range of coloration among cobra guppies, but what differentiates them is the patterning on their bodies. These incredibly elegant guppies have reticulated patterns, and they also often have darker bars running vertically across their bodies.

The patterns on their tails are often more pronounced than the markings on the rest of their bodies.

13. Mosaic Guppies

A beautiful Mosaic guppy on aquarium.

Guppies with a mosaic pattern are characterized by the presence of a variety of sporadic black patterns and patches on their dorsal fins and tails. This morph is linked to leopard guppies, which it often resembles and even shares a name. Mosaics can display a variety of base colors underneath their tail designs.

14. Needle or Pin Tail

The needle or pin-tail variation of guppies is both one of the most distinctive subspecies of the guppies as well as one of the most intriguing. The tip of the tail seems to be somewhat pointed while having a circular shape overall.

These guppies can come in a stunning array of color variants. They also happen to be among the most beautiful examples of guppies overall. Guppies are one of the freshwater aquarium fish that need the least amount of maintenance. 

Still, it’s essential to ensure that the environment in the fish tank is suitable for guppies since they often inhabit warm water bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and ponds.

The water in your aquarium has to be heated, and the heater you choose should maintain a temperature somewhere between 75 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit (23 and 27 degrees Celsius) consistently. Additionally, each day there should be around 8 hours of darkness provided for your guppies.

15. Spear Tail Guppy

A Spear Tail guppy on aquarium.

Another fascinating fancy guppy breed is the spear-tail guppy, which is also known as the spear-tail guppy. These fish have tails that are rounded on either side or taper to a point in the middle, much like the point of a spear.

The form of the dorsal fin on this type of fish is another one of its outstanding characteristics. It begins at an angle of about ninety degrees to the body and curves back to reach around one-third of the whole length of the tail fin.

16. Swamp Guppy

The Swamp Guppy is an extremely uncommon species of guppy fish that has only been commercially accessible for the last ten years or so. They can survive brackish water in aquariums and may be found in the wild in Trinidad in the country’s coastal streams and estuaries. One of the most striking and sought-after kinds is the Scarlet Swamp morph.

17. Leopard Guppy

A small Leopard guppy on white isolated background.

Guppies with a leopard pattern have black spots or blotches of color that look like leopard spots on their dorsal fins as well as tails, and occasionally on their caudal peduncle and torso as well. These spots and blotches are stunning. In contrast to their brighter base colors, the darker design truly jumps out and grabs your attention.

18. Tuxedo Guppies

A beautiful Tuxedo guppy on blue isolated background.

Tuxedo guppies are an extremely refined kind of small fish, exactly as their name says they should be! This well-known breed has its beginnings in Germany, where it was initially created.

They have a solid color on the back half of their bodies, which is either black or another color. Additionally, the tail and dorsal fin will have a distinct hue compared to the black half of the body, but they will not have any spots or patterning on them.

19. Blonde Guppies

A beautiful Blonde guppy on white bacground.

The head and the underbelly of blonde guppies have a coloring that is quite light as well as blonde, and it can be seen on both sides of the fish. The color of this specific guppy, which is otherwise known as a guppy, is unmistakably red. There is a streak of this bright red hue that runs down the back of the fish.

As one move toward the back of the fish, one can see that the red hue gradually covers an increasing portion of the body. Guppies are among the greatest fish species to have in a tank if you want them to be lively and colorful at the same time.

Although all species of guppy tend to get along well with the other fish in their tank, some individuals of certain species may be aggressive, especially against fish with long fins.

20. Albino Guppy

A red Albino guppy on aquarium.

The absence of pigment in albino guppies gives them an overall pinkish-white coloration. This results in a tropical fish that is quite noticeable when it is kept in an aquarium. Additionally, their eyes have a pinkish hue, which sets them apart from other white guppies in terms of coloration.

Albino guppies may or may not have any coloration at all, but when they do, they often exhibit patterns of red, yellow, or blue on their bodies and fins. It is recommended to only keep fish of the same gender together in a tank no larger than 10 gallons in capacity.

The majority of aquarium keepers like to concentrate on a group of males because males have more vivid coloring and flashier fins than females do. This size of the tank is suitable for housing a fine bachelor school of 5 or 6 fish.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do Guppies Need in Their Tank?

Because guppies reach an average length of 2 inches throughout their lifetime, the lowest tank size that is suitable for housing three guppies is an aquarium with a capacity of 5 gallons. On the other hand, considering how rapidly they multiply, a tank with ten or twenty gallons of water might be more suitable in the long term.

One male should be kept for every two or three females if you want to breed them, and plenty of hiding places should be made available for the offspring, such as among live aquarium plants. In addition, make use of a soft filtering method, such as a sponge filter, to prevent the delicate fry from being sucked up.

What Kind of Water Is Ideal for Guppies?

Like so many livebearers, guppies love pH values of 7.0 or above. In addition, they want hard water that has healthy proportions of calcium, magnesium, and several other vital minerals.

If you drink water from a well that has a high pH and you raise guppy as your primary source of water, you will become one of the most successful breeders in the history of the species.

Because the new strains of fancy guppies are not as hardy as the wild-type, it is advised that the aquarium be kept at a constant temperature of 76 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit with the help of a heater. Your guppies must have an average life expectancy of 2 to 3 years if the temperature is maintained within this range.

If you increase the temperature to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, the fish will develop more quickly and have more offspring, but they will only survive for a year and a half.

If you decrease the temperature to 72 degrees Fahrenheit instead, their life span may grow to 3.5 years or more, but it will take them an eternity to mature into adults, and they may only be able to have kids once every six months.

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