What Is The Best Food To Feed Guppies
Written By: Darran Mansfield
Food for Guppies needs to be varied just like for any other fish to ensure good health and vibrant colors. Guppies will eat just about anything that is put in front of them. Even if they don't like it, they will try if first.
Here is a listing of some of the most popular guppy foods:
Pellets are a very popular food for guppies, but I personally don't use them as much as most people. The reason behind this is because even the pellets meant to be used for guppies are quite big and I don't think they can swallow them very well. Don't get me wrong. I do use them, but they probably only make up about 20% of the food I give my guppies.
Flakes are a classic fish food that is used widely in all aquariums because it can feed all kinds of fish at once no matter how big or small they are. Flakes can even be crushed up finely and given to guppy fry to feed on. Flakes now come in many different varieties to promote different things such as color enhancers, which really do work and from what I have seen, they cause no harm to the fish themselves. Earthworm flakes are a really good guppy food to help increase the amount of fry a female guppy has during spawning.
I have met some guppy breeders that feed their guppies pureed beef heart that they have frozen. Then, when it comes to feeding time they just pop it out of the freezer, chip a little bit off and drop it in. I must admit that I have not tried this, but I have heard about it from more than just one person. They swear by it, so it is on my list to try. I would always make sure that any uneaten food is removed to prevent water problems.
Sliced and blanched cucumber is another great guppy food to put in and leave for a few hours for them to graze on. You don't need much and one slice will be more than enough. I would much rather they eat one slice and run out then have several pieces in there messing up your water quality. While we are talking about veggies, another good one to feed to guppies is finely diced peas.
A lot of guppy keepers like to give theirs a treat every so often in the form of live food such as daphnia and bloodworms, which are great for the guppies' diet. I would always take care to clean up any leftover live food so that any possible bacteria or disease from it can't contaminate the aquarium water.
As you can see, guppy food really isn't that hard to get right, and as long as you give them a little variety they will live very full and happy lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Darran has been writing articles online for nearly 3 years now. Not only does he specialize in Bonsai Trees, Portable BBQ's and Cooking but he also has a tremendous passion for Guppy Fish although what he most enjoys currently is watch the Guppy Reproduction cycle and how different strains are produced.