Tuxedo guppy is scientifically known as Poecilia Reticullata. It often has any possible colour with tuxedo pattern, hence the name. Like other guppies, they are easy to care for, and the males generally have a smaller size when compared to the females. They are often expected to live long, particularly in aquaria because of their peaceful nature and ability to adapt to varying environmental conditions.
Tuxedo guppies have a lifespan of up to 2 years. Many members of this group are generally found to live slightly above or below 2 years. However, all factors like predators, stress, and so on that can limit their lifespan should be kept at the barest minimum to ensure they live up to this time.
General Description of Tuxedo Guppies
The name given to Tuxedo guppies is derived from the popular tuxedo suit. This is because they are very unique in the appearance of their colours. Their upper body is generally filled with light and bright colours,. Their lower body has dark colour shades that make the colouration looks like tuxedo suit.
Tuxedo guppies have two different body colours that are separated vertically. They are seen to be very elegant while swimming and so fun to watch. Also, they are easily available and easy to maintain. This make them one of the top choices you can keep as a pet.
Their sexes are also linked to their body sizes, making it easy to distinguish between them. The males are usually smaller than their females. At maturity, the male body is 0.6 – 1.4 inches, while the female bodies are around 1.2 – 2.4 inches.
Tuxedo male guppies are shorter, slimmer in length, have bright colours, attractive tail patterns, larger fins, with their anal fins modified into gonopodium. While the females are longer, have pale colours, shorter fins, and large abdomen with a dark gravid spot. Likewise, the female eggs visibly show when they are pregnant.
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Breeding Tuxedo Guppy Fish
It is very easy to breed and keep guppies because they can adapt to varying environmental conditions. They are also called beginners fish because you don’t need much experience to efficiently keep them. They have peaceful nature. They do not trouble other tank mates, and also live well with other members in their environment.
Guppies prefer small food because of the size of their mouth and stomach. Their environmental demand is the same as the general guppy family. It is often advisable to feed them about 2-3 times a day with the food they can consume in 3 minutes. Their foods include brine shrimp, tubifex, blood worm, and Cawthra.
Basically for easy reproduction, it is advisable to keep a single male guppy for 3-5 females. Mating is performed randomly multiple times. Tuxedo guppies are live bearers that give birth to live offspring rather than laying eggs.
You can get the best out of tuxedo guppies by providing them with favourable environmental conditions. They can live up to 2 years if all factors are kept in their favour. The way they swim elegantly and their bright colours can make them add beauty to your aquarium.