Is Breeding Show Guppies for You?

Is Breeding Show Guppies for You?

Guppies are such a fascinating breed of fish and their colors and characteristics are really eye catching. So it is no wonder that there are organizations that have formed in many parts of the world and hold show guppy competitions.

If you are looking to expand your involvement with these wonderful fish and step into the show world, and you are going to get into breeding show guppies, then you have some work ahead of you. You are really going to want to get into selective breeding on a serious note, and you need to make sure that you are ready to dedicate the time and devotion to this. As with any type of competition, it takes a lot of work to prepare for it if you want to be crowned the winner. Here are the basic steps you want to take to become a show guppy breeder

Know what makes a show guppy

You will need to start your research to determine what the judges of show guppies will be looking for. This is going to be the goal that you are going to be working towards in your breeding efforts.

Getting the right help

Check out your local area to see if there are any guppy organizations that you can join. You will want to socialize with others within this same hobby as yours for several reasons. One because you will have something in common. Secondly, because you can learn from those more experienced than you, and thirdly because they will probably have a list of all the guppy shows that you can participate in.


You really need to become familiar with breeding as you will have a lot of decisions to make. You are going to have to decide on the type of breeding techniques that you are going to start with. This may be inbreeding, line breeding or outcrossing. You need to be knowledgeable in each of these in order to make the right decision.

Know exactly what you need

You need to know exactly what you need to breed properly. There are a lot of tanks involved so you are going to need these, as well and space and the proper breeding atmosphere. This is going to take a certain amount of monetary investment as well as time investment.

Getting set up

You are going to need the proper amount of time to get totally set up so your tanks are ready when your show stock arrives.

Right breeding stock

You are most definitely going to need the right show breeding stock based on what division you are going to enter into for your guppy showing. This means you are going to have to source out a credible breeder that can supply you with you stock.

Proper care

You then have the proper care of the fry ahead of you and the analytical process of what you did on an ongoing basis.

These are just the basics that are needed to get you into the show world of guppies and to begin breeding show guppies. Each one of these requirements has a great deal of detail to them that you will need to master in order to become a proficient breeder of show guppies. Although it may seem like a lot of work which it is, it is also really exciting and you are going to be super proud of your efforts when you show guppies win first place.


  1. Would my local pet shop be able to give me all the information I need to get into showing guppies for my area?

  2. This is really something I would like to get into. I hope you will be doing more posts expanding on the basics you have given here.

  3. I would like to get into breeding guppies as a part time business. Does anyone know if there is a big demand for this?

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