The most expensive guppy fish in the world is the purple Moscow guppies, which are rear to find in the aquarium due to the amount they cost depending on the type of strain it is.
This guppy species is not handy like other fancy guppies, and only experience aquarists should buy this kind of fish because they are expensive to maintain. This article is created to explain everything you need to know about the world most expensive guppy fish.
Purple Moscow guppy was first developed in the ’80s, it is a particular strain that was formed by selective breeding by Russian aquarists. This guppy is distinct because it is bigger in size, their males especially are colorful with metallic shining sheen.
You probably have not seen guppy with the longest caudal, anal and dorsal fin if you haven’t seen purple Moscow guppy because some of the fins are longer than their entire body in terms of length, these rare creatures comes with different colors like purple, black, blue and green and you may see all these colors on one purple Moscow guppy.
What Are The Most Expensive Guppy Breeds
The most expensive guppy breads are
1 – Purple Moscow Guppies
There are some rare strains of purple moscow guppies which will be really hard to find. You can expect to pay 40 – 100 usd per fish if they are a rare strain. For a non rare strain these will cost from 30 usd.
The colour of these guppies are completely different from your common guppies which is the main reason for the high price.
2 – Fancy Guppies
Some strains of fancy guppies like the multi delta are in high demand and because of this you can expect to pay anything from 25 to 50 usd per fish.
The fancy guppies are my favourite type of guppy because of the wide verity of colours from guppy to guppy.
3 – Electric Blue Guppy
The price for an electric blue guppy starts at 15 usd ans usually does not go above 25 usd. There are less strains of this type of guppy so the price range will not vary as much as other guppies due to this.
4 – Dragon Guppy
The price you can expect to pay for a dragon guppy is around 10 usd. This type of guppy is easily to locate which makes purchasing one much easier and drives the price down as a result.
Many people bread these fish as they are very popular with fish keepers.
5 – Mutt Guppy
Mutt guppies will cost around 5 – 10 usd. These guppies are hardy fish and also good breeders which make them a great choice for first time fish keepers.
6 – Other Guppies
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Cost Of Other Guppy Breeds
Since writing this post I have had many emails asking me about prices of other guppies so I thought I would write about them here.
Albino Red Guppy
You can expect to pay around 15 usd for a alibino red guppy and up to 40 usd for a breeding pair. These guppies are in demand because of their nice red / orange colour.
This guppy type did not make it on to the list above because I have not personally validated the price. I got the price from some friends I know that own these fish.
A panda guppy will cost you around 5 to 7.5 usd. This guppy strain is quite common and can be easily purchased which helps in keeping the price down for this fish.
I have owned panda guppies in the past and I highly recommend these fish.
Purple Moscow Guppy Care + FAQ
If you are lucky enough to own a purple moscow guppy you will want to know how to look after them.
They have the same feeding pattern like other guppies, they are omnivores which can eat almost anything you provide, but it is advisable to avoid commercial feeds and allow them to eat labeled feed (vegetable pellets, spirulina, frozen food/flakes) or live food (vinegar eels, daphnia, brine shrimp) because it makes them bigger and more beautiful. But if they lack fat, then you need to add blood/micro worms to their meals because they are a great source of protein and fat, especially for purple Moscow guppy fry.
Male purple Moscow is active breeder, chase female around the aquarium like other species of guppy though they are smaller in size than their female counterpart. Having many males in the tank is always strenuous for the females; this is why one male to three female ratios is recommended. If you did not follow the ratio, the female would be stressed, and it will be hard to control the population after some months.
However, though this is not a statement of fact but the reason why this guppy is more expensive than the other might be because of the size. However, sellers usually say they are expensive because they are hard to find, and it take a lot to rear them; they have a fragile body. They are bigger than other species of guppy; adult purple Moscow can reach 5cm or 2 inches while the females are bigger and can grow to 7cm (2.5 – 2.7 inches) in size.
These creatures are fragile. If you want to breed purple Moscow for commercial purple, then you will need to adhere to the following parameters
0 ppm should be the nitrates, ammonia and nitrites level
10 dGH should be the level of water hardness, and it should not go beyond this.
7.5 is ideal for the aquarium water PH
The appropriate water temperature is best when at 23 °C (74 °F)
In conclusion, it will shock you that they don’t also live more than two years just like other guppy species, though stress, water parameters, the type of food you give them, temperature and other factors determine how long they live. When the conditions are right from fry to adult stage, they can live beyond two years.