I don’t know about you but I love watching an aquarium full of colorful guppies swimming around and loving life? There is just something so vibrant and attractive about the fancy little fellows that I can’t help but admire them. Do they eat a simple diet and are they expensive to feed is one of the questions a beginner may ask. Well, in this article we will try to explain everything you need to know about guppies feeding habits.
What do guppies eat-Guppies like most community freshwater tropical fish will accept and enjoy dried flaked food but will also need a variety in their diet. As responsible pet fish owners, we have a duty to supply them with a varied and balanced diet. Live foods like brine shrimp and bloodworms are perfect. Frozen foods are becoming more and more popular along with 1mm pellets.
Keeping an aquarium full of healthy guppies, however, isn’t as simple as just putting them into their home and watching them swim. They need us to care for them to ensure they remain fit and healthy and that no problems ensue.
Part of the care that guppies need, but sometimes we as fish keepers overlook, is the provision of a nutritious and balanced diet. Giving guppies the food that they need can and will ensure that they thrive and grow to be healthy. So, how do we make sure of this? ……
What Do Guppies Eat?
Like most species of fish, Guppies need a good staple food that should be fed on a daily basis. Usually, this is in the form of a high standard tropical flake, although some fish keepers choose to use crisps or pellets.
Flaked food is the most common form of nutrition found in a fish keepers larder. It is easy to feed, simply sprinkle on the water, and full of ingredients chosen based on your fish’s natural diet such as:
- Fish meal
- Squid meal
- Brewer’s yeast
- Soybean meal
- Vitamins and minerals
Tropical flake is ideal for Guppies but should be crushed up into small enough pieces for them to eat and not contain too many fillers which are simply there to make your fish feel full. These include carbohydrates such as:
- Wheat flour
- Wheat gluten
- Potato protein
Pellet and crisps, as mentioned earlier, are a good alternative to flake as they float longer, dissolve slower, and retain nutrients better than a flake does. However, they are often formulated in sizes that are too big for a fish the size of a Guppy to eat. Take care if you choose to feed your Guppies pellet or crisps that they are small enough for them to swallow.
Supplementary Foods For Guppies
The best way to describe supplementary food for Guppies would be to say that it is akin to a healthy treat. These foods should be given in moderation, certainly not as a main diet, and chosen with some care. For example, whilst live food gives your Guppies a chance to hunt, it can also carry diseases. Therefore, it is better and less risky to choose a freeze-dried option instead.
Unlike flake, pellet, or crisp which is made up of a variety of ingredients, freeze-dried foods are typically a single specimen of live food that has been dried whole. They contain plenty of nutrition and are full of flavor your Guppies will love. There is also plenty of variety such as:
- Brine shrimp
Please note that freeze-dried foods should be soaked before feeding to aid your Guppies in digesting them. They will also need crumbling up to make them break into pieces small enough for your Guppies to eat.
Many fish including Guppies enjoy a little fresh food in their diet such as fruit and vegetables. It is also, like freeze-dried options, a healthy and nutritious option. Fresh foods you can consider giving to your Guppies include:
Please be aware that fruit adds sugar into your aquarium’s water which can result in increased algae. Be sure to remove all uneaten fresh food from your aquarium within a few hours.
A Guppies diet, as we have seen, is not difficult to maintain, they are certainly not picky eaters. They are, however, relatively small, and need food that is sized to accommodate this. To give you an indication of this, Guppies have a tiny mouth and a stomach only the approximate size of their eye.
Also, and certainly worth mentioning when talking Guppy food, is the fact that they do not need much food to survive and thrive. Overfeeding can be a cause of ill health, in fact, more so than a poor diet. Guppies only need a miniscule pinch of flaked food once or twice a day to, as they say, keep the doctor away!