Dragon guppy (Poecilia reticulata) this guppy fish is famous due to its variety of colors; it has shades of yellow, violet, blue, red, orange. Both males and females are colorful.
Dragon guppies love to eat around the mid and bottom level but love to live at the upper water level. They are called ‘dragons’ because they are fearless and are always eager to jump out of their aquarium. It would be best if you cover the tank/aquarium you are stocking them or lowered the tank water level so that they will not be able to jump out.
It is not advisable to keep dragon guppies with shrimps, one of their favorite food is shrimp, and they are best kept in small number, so they don’t prey on the weak ones. Dragon guppy loves to feed on meaty feeds like the shrimp we mentioned earlier, pettets, flaked food, dried tubifex, bloodworms, and the likes.
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Dragon guppies are mostly within 1- 1.5 inches in size while there are few dragons bigger than 2.5cm but not more than 6.3cm. Female dragons are most times bigger than their male counterparts.
They thrive in an aquarium with at least ten gallons of water, and dragon guppy survives in water temperature within 64° – 82° F (18° – 27.7° C) and PH of 5.5 – 8.0.
They are swiftly swimmer, the species of guppy are very active in the aquarium and chase each other all day, but you can prevent the strong dragon fish from harassing the weak ones by providing enough hiding space. Three dragon guppies are recommended for a ten-gallon tank, though six to ten dragon fish can be kept in a twenty-gallon size tank.
Red Dragon Guppy
Once a dragon guppy is within sixty to ninety days old, they are matured to give birth to at least twenty guppies, and they continue to deliver baby dragons every 30 days. It will also interest you to know that they can live for at least two years, and they can conceive through sperm that is already stored in their body, just like other guppies.
There is a popular dragon guppy species called the red dragon guppy. Just as its name implies, it has a reddish tail, sliver colored fins, and the other part of the body is usually black. Male red dragon guppy is usually colorful but smaller in size compared to its female counterpart, which is not as colorful as the males.
Dragonfish love to stay in warm water freshwater. This is why they are not found everywhere in the world, and they are widespread in South America, where they help to control the population of mosquito. You will need a heater if you want to keep this species in an aquarium. They can also be kept with Platies, Corydoras, Tetras, Gouramis but keep them away from barbs and aggressive tetras. If you are planning to keep dragon guppy, ensure you have a lid (cover) on the tank because they love to jump, and they love to eat lettuce, shrimp, peas, any food that is meaty or high in protein.