Dumbo Ear Guppy - Poecilia reticulata
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The Dumbo Ear Guppy is one of countless human derived breeds of guppies commonly available in the hobby. They were selectively bred to express oversized pectoral fins, reminiscent of the large ears on Dumbo the elephant. Their overall coloration is somewhat variable, but generally the body displays gradients of greens, blues, and yellows while the tail has sharply contrasting pattens of bright red-orange and deep blue.
Fancy guppies are an incredibly popular beginner fish for good reason. They grow to around 2", are extremely hardy, can be kept in tanks as small as 10 gallons, and come in countless varieties and colors. They're a peaceful species, and should be kept with similarly docile fish. The males especially are vulnerable to fin nipping due to their long, flowing tail fins. Like other livebearers, it's recommended to either stock all males, or a ratio of 1 male per 2 or 3 females. Guppies are very persistent breeders, and will harass and stress female is the proper ratio isn't maintained. They are likely to eat their own young, so it's advisable to either provide plenty of plant cover for fry, or keep the female in a breeder box until she gives birth, and raise the fry separately.
Guppies are omnivorous, and will readily accept most prepared foods. Live or frozen foods may also be offered for increased protein, encouraging faster growth and better coloration.