The Basic Breeding Guppies Set Up

The Basic Breeding Guppies Set Up

Once you become a guppy owner, chances are you are soon going to find that you want to expand your hobby in a much more productive way. This may mean that you want to get into the world of showing guppies and if so, then you are automatically going to want to become a show guppy breeder. This is a big decision that you’re making as it is going to take a substantial amount of your time and some financial investment. While you may have started off with one tank for your guppy collection once you enter into breeding you are going to need several other items in order to be successful at producing the best show guppy possible. You need to understand the basic breeding guppies setup to get you started.

You can get away with starting your breeding endeavors with having three tanks. Ideally you should have at least four if not five and this pertains to each strain that you plan on developing. Starting with the three tank set up, here’s what you are going to need.

Tank #1:

The first tank that you are going to want is the tank that is going to hold your breeders. You can get away with a 5 gallon tank although a 10 gallon tank is more feasible.

Tank #2:

Then you are going to need a tank that will house your female when she is ready to drop her young. The minimum size here would be a 10 gallon and the ideal size would be a 20 gallon.

Tank #3:

Then finally you’re going to need a third tank and here ideally you should go with the 20 gallon. This is going to be the tank where your fry is allowed to grow and mature. Keep in mind that the guppy that is going to drop the fry could have drops of anywhere between 20 up to 100 perhaps. The bigger the tank that you have for growing out your fry the more you will be able to keep. The standard rule that most breeders use is a ten gallon tank holding no more than 20 guppies that are up to the age of 4 to 5 months old.

With this many tanks you can see that your workload is going to be increased, but you can cut down the time that is spent here by making sure that you leave the bottoms of the tank bare. The reason for doing this is that it will be much easier for you to clean and it makes water changing a lot easier. All you have to do when you need to change the water is siphon off the waste that the fish have made that has settled at the bottom of the tank. When you are choosing your filters you can go with the air driven box or the sponge filters and you can easily hold these in place by using gravel or marbles as a box liner to keep the filters where you want them.

Once you are sure that your female guppy is pregnant, you can take her from the breeder tank and put her in the drop tank. Once she has dropped her young then after about 4 to 6 weeks you are going to need to separate them. You want to remove either the males or females and move them to tank three. From here on it will become decision making time as to which you are going to keep and which you are going to get rid of. While you can get away with the three tank set up it is a longer method of breeding as you are only able to grow out a batch of guppies 2 to 3 times a year. However, it does give you a good start with a minimum amount of cost that allows you to really decide if guppy breeding is for you.




  1. Gosh I thought I would have to spend a ton of money to get into breeding and I am not sure I really want to do this. Now I can try it with a minimum expense and see if its for me.

  2. I love this idea but I hate the thought of having to sort the fry and getting rid of the ones I don’t want to keep. Anyone have any suggestions?

  3. I guess once I have decided on which fry to keep I can then start using some of these for my breeding of the type of show guppies I want. I sure have a lot of learning to do. Thanks for the great info.

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