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How to care for guppies in a bowl?
It was China where they started to have their first aquariums. They were spherical and made out of porcelain at first, then glass. Rectangular aquariums became popular around a century ago. Some fishkeepers, on the other hand, still prefer to keep fish like guppies in bowls.
Is a bowl aquarium bad for guppies?
You cannot call a bowl aquarium the best habitat for guppy fish because it restricts their movement. Bowl residents’ perceptions of the movement are altered by the lens effect created by the movement. All of these factors have a detrimental impact on the health of pets. As a result, few other fish species can be placed in such an aquarium, aside from guppies.
Is it possible to keep guppies in a bowl?
Small resilient guppy fish that do not need to be in big flocks may survive in the bowl, including all viviparous small labyrinthine catfish and tetras. That’s why guppies are perfect residents of bowl aquariums. Additionally, such an aquarium can be a home for shrimp and snails.
The bowl’s size heavily determines the selection of fish. A 10-liter tank is sufficient for a small group of guppies. If you put too many guppies in a small aquarium bowl, they will stay dwarf size and have health issues. Inside the tiniest bowl aquariums of a couple of liters, you may keep only a couple of guppies. It is a highly tenacious fish breed. But guppy fishes are so resilient that it is possible to breed them in your bowl fish tank successfully! Watch this video to find out how.
General information about guppy fish.
Guppies are known for their viviparous ability. Unlike most other fish types, the female guppy’s body is where eggs are fertilized and developed. As a consequence, a fully developed baby is born right from the start. This ability incredibly increases the chances of guppy survival and care in a bowl.
Guppies are so easy to care for that they were the first fish to explore space. Not only did they adapt effectively to living in zero gravity on the Salyut-5 space station, but they also produced offspring. So do not worry. If guppies were able to survive and breed in space, they would definitely live in your bowl. Geneticists also use them to investigate the transfer of hereditary characteristics.
Guppy fish have likewise served the whole world well. The reality is that these fish like eating malaria mosquito larvae, so guppies have been introduced into several nations’ reservoirs to battle these parasites.
How to care for guppies in a bowl?
Due to guppies’ strong endurance, some believe that creating perfect settings for them is unnecessary. However, this strategy is essentially flawed. Guppies, like all other fish, must live in strictly maintained aquarium bowls. Only with reasonable care will the animal live a long life, be disease-free, be active, and retain its lovely color.
It is ideal to keep guppies in tiny groups. They like to swim around the whole fishbowl space. In general, the fish flock should be picked such that there are 2-3 females for every male—in this scenario, females are less likely to be assaulted by males in the breeding period. A 10-liter aquarium is enough for five or six guppies. Any gravel will do. The important thing is that it is free of sharp edges and ideally dark in color to enhance the fish’s color. The same is true for the decorations. It is vital to protect the guppie’s gorgeous tails. It is ideal to install intense lighting since it enhances the look of guppies and gives them a more vivid color. Covering the fishbowl with a lid is advisable because the fish may quickly leap out of the water and fall on the ground.
Guppies thrive in clean, oxygen-rich water. The critical factor is that the filter flow should not be too powerful. Little newborn guppy fish have difficulty coping with a strong water flow. The best temperature for the conservation of these types of fish is between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius, while guppies may survive in the range of 18 to 30 degrees Celsius. The higher the temperature, the quicker the metabolic rate, the more frequent the reproductive process, but the shorter the life span. When a fish reaches its lower temperature limit, its metabolism slows, and reproduction is hindered.
Water with a hardness of between 10 and 25 degrees DGH and an acidity of 7 to 8 are the perfect parameters for guppies in a bowl. If the changes in these parameters are not too extreme, the guppies will quickly adjust to almost any environment. Weekly water changes are essential to ensure the guppy’s good health in a bowl.
Guppies want dense plant growth. It is essential to have water lettuce or Riccia on the water’s surface as it is an excellent place for newborn guppies to hide. It is very beneficial to have Ceratopteris in a bowl with guppies since it acts as a biofilter, an indication of the water’s condition, and a hiding spot for fry. It is vital to allow enough space in the aquarium for swimming.