Guppies are one of the most popular of all aquarium fish. They are extremely colourful, and highly active. Colour varieties of guppies seem endless. Beautiful guppies don't just happen. They are the result of years of careful breeding by dedicated, experienced breeders. Because of the high cost for labour in Australia, we are not able to competitively develop new colour morphs. We acquire quality breeders from reliable suppliers. After a lengthy quarantine period, we then introduce them into our earth ponds .
The colour for each strain will be maintained for a season or two. However, eventually the original colour gradually gives way to a delightful mix of spectacular colours.
At Ausyfish all of our guppies are produced in earth ponds. The water is strictly fresh. No salt is added. Many of the guppies available to the aquarium trade are produced in highly salty environments. Sometimes this may result in difficulties in keeping them healthy. Most guppies will benefit from some salt, even if they are produced and grown in fresh water. Producing our guppies in fresh water may help avoid some of the difficulties experienced when keeping guppies.
Breeding and growing guppies in open ponds also produces a fish with natural "toughness." Weaker fish are taken by natural predators, such as water beetles. They are exposed to all the elements. In summer surface temperatures can become extreme, reaching the high 30's, even, for short periods the low 40's. (Celsius) In winter, early in the morning, ponds temperatures often drop as low as 11C. Normal daytime pond temperatures during winter are between 14-18C. Obviously guppies from this sort of environment are tough.
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