Guppy Care – Feeding Your Guppies

Feeding the Fish

Guppies are omnivores. Feed guppies a wide range of high quality dry food and wet foods (live and frozen). It’s better to feed lightly often, such as three flake food feedings a day (including a vegetable-only feeding) and two live or frozen feedings a day. The fish should completely consume the food in two minutes. Feeding good quality food promotes growth and fertility. Newly hatched brine shrimp has long been the most popular ingredient for jump-starting show quality guppy fry. Micro worms fed brine shrimp and earthworm flakes and then given to fry gives them the benefits of the flakes that they might not eat if fed as flakes alone. Avoid feeding a diet consistently solely of high protein food. Fish often become constipated from a protein rich diet. Intersperse high protein feedings with “staple” food. Look for food that lists Fish Meal as its first and primary ingredient. It is even better if it lists fish (Whole Salmon, Cod, Halibut etc.). These are natural protein sources. Not all protein is digestible. Cloudy water and algae problems are an indication that the biological cycle and your maintenance and feeding routine are out of whack. Feed fish in a cloudy tank lightly for a few days and do daily 10-20% water changes. Use Potassium Permanganate to “burn off” organics in the tank. See this site’s health and disease guide. A key point in maintaining a healthy guppy is that what ever your routine is, perform it everyday exactly the same in number of meals and quantity of food. This helps the biologic filter to maintain a balanced water quality. Extra meals could cause ammonium spikes and stress your guppies. Missing a meal or two isn’t a problem and if they miss a meal don’t double the next to make up for what you think they missed. Our guppies are quite spoiled in regards to foods, I’m sure that Mother Nature isn’t as generous as we are.