You had to put some work and time into getting your guppy tank all set up and populating it with this most favorite species of fish. The work doesn’t end here though, as you now have the challenge ahead of you to keep your guppy tank maintained so that your fish are going to be healthy happy and live longer.
You have made a wise choice with the guppy species as they are a fairly hardy fish that will adapt relatively easy to minor fluctuations in your water quality. You will probably see different opinions as to what the ideal water temperature is but you should find that you can keep it between 72 to 82° and that this is going to be most appropriate for the guppy living.
For your pH level for the water try to maintain this between 7.0 and 8.2. It will depend on the size of your tank and just how many guppies you are going to house, but you will find that they do grow and mature quickly. The average size for a full grown guppy will be around 1.5 to 2 inches.
No doubt you have found a local aquarium fish provider that will also be able to provide you with all the necessities that you’re going to need for your guppies. The food is going to be most important and you will find that there are great varieties for you to choose from. In most cases the guppies seem to to find the frozen and flake food most appealing. Ideally what you want to do is be able to feed the guppies around three times a day. This may not always be possible if you are going out to work each day. In this case you may want to give them a fairly good feeding in the morning and then when you come home from work give them a smaller amount and the same at bedtime. Never overfeed the guppies because it will just result in contaminating your tank and will mean that you will have more difficulty keeping the tank fresh.
One of the biggest maintenance factors that you are going to have is keeping the water in pristine condition. This means that it is going to need regular changing. Try to set up a weekly schedule for doing this but also watch for visual signs that dictate that the water is running into some difficulties such as it begins to smell or it is getting cloudy. When you are doing a water change you don’t want to completely change the water of the tank. You want to change about one third of the water at a time. By doing this you are putting less stress on the fish as there are less water fluctuations that are going to take place.
Your guppies when they are healthy should be happy and active and you want to populate the tank with some items like a variation of aquatic plants. They can use this for hiding and resting in and it provides them with more of a natural habitat. You will also want to line the bottom of the tank with 1 to 2 inches of a substrate which also makes it a more natural environment for your fish and it also makes the tank look over all attractive.
Keep a very careful eye out on any potential problems that may be occurring with the fish like the variety of fish diseases that they may be vulnerable to as well as watch for any adverse behavior of any of the companions of other breeds that you are going to add to the tank.
Overall keeping a guppy fish tank in pristine condition and being able to have many hours of enjoyment from it is not a time-consuming endeavor if you keep up with the small maintenance requirements.