What Do Guppies Eat In The Wild?

Guppies are found to live wild in many parts of the world. They are particularly found in native North-East and South America, and they can also be found in abundance in Venezuela, Brazil, Tobago and the Virgin Islands. In recent times, guppies are now being introduced to other parts of the world because they are hardy and can adapt to varying environmental conditions.

Guppies are omnivores and they are not choosy in the type of food they consume. In the wild, guppies have access to a lot of food that are both plant-based and animal-based. The food guppies eat in the wild include aquatic insects, larvae, diatoms, brine shrimp, soft algae, plant remains, zooplanktons, small bugs, detritus, and some specific vegetables.

What Do Guppies Eat In The Wild

Guppies can also feed on food particles leftover by larger fishes. It is a general belief that guppies often have access to wider varieties of food in the wild than when kept in tanks. But on the other hand, they are better-taken care of and protected in aquariums than in the wild.

How Often Do Guppies Feed?

There is a slight difference in the way baby guppies and adult guppies should be fed. Guppies fry might need to be fed more often than adult guppies because of their active growth. Although adult guppies might eat as much as you feed them, but they generally don’t need it.

Overfeeding guppies can have a negative effect on both their health and the cleanliness of the tank. Feeding adult guppies should be limited to 1-2 times a day. Guppies fry can be fed more often, about 3-5 times a day until they are fully matured.

It is also important to feed guppies with the food they can consume in about 5 minutes or less.  Avoid pouring too much food in the tank at the same time and remove leftover immediately. Leaving unconsumed food in the tank can contaminate and dirty the tank. The organic matters in the food can even allow the growth of certain bacteria.

Can Guppies Survive Without Food?

All living things require food and oxygen to survive. Even though guppies are no exception to this, but it will surprise you to know adult guppies can survive up to 10-14 days without food. They often live this long in a well cycled, aerated, perfectly conditioned tank with natural plants.

However, guppy fry cannot go this long without food. In fact, guppy fry can barely survive 3 days without food. This is because guppy fry are actively growing and they rapidly undergo metabolism.  Always remember that guppy fry require frequent and quality feeding to help them grow healthy and strong.


Guppies are abundant in the wild particularly in some regions in South America. They live in the wild where they have access to a wide range of natural food. They eat a variety of food including live, vegetable, meaty, and organic foods. Guppy fry are also generally known to require more frequent feeding than adult guppies because of their active growth.