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It is very easy to look after guppies as they can adapt quickly and make great pets!

Guppies are the most common tropical fish that people love to keep in their aquariums. People also love keeping them as pets because they get along well with other fish in the fish tank.

Aquarium water temperature and maintaining the right temperature are very important for all kinds of fish. With guppies, looking after them and caring for them is a simple task that doesn't require a lot of work, except for a few important ones. Guppies are known to reproduce in large quantities, do not get into conflicts with other fish in fish tanks, and eat the food they're given without any issues. Since guppies are classified as tropical fish, they thrive and grow fast in warm water but it can reduce their lifespan. Being tropical fish, they should never be placed in cold water. Nonetheless, these awesome water beings can withstand and survive very well in a wide range of water temperatures. Ideally, the water temperature for guppies should be at a balanced point. They prefer water of medium hardness and should be almost neutral in acidity with a pH level of 7.0. If you do not reside in a tropical environment where water temperature is maintained above 70 F (21 C) without the use of a suitable heater, you will need a heater for your guppy tank.

Guppies can survive in maximum water temperatures of up to 90 F (32 C) and a minimum water temperature of 74 F (23 C). The normal and survivable temperature of water for guppies is 74-82 F (23-28 C) to keep your guppy healthy and happy. This is also another reason why they can cohabitate well with other fish in the aquarium or fish tank. Maintaining the right water temperature for guppies is so important because, as mentioned earlier, they can become ill. They can also develop breathing problems from the heat in the aquarium as well as from the toxins and bacteria that form. However, this shouldn't be for a long period as warmer waters have a low oxygen level. Guppies can also survive in waters with a temperature as low as 65 F (18 C), but they'll be at a high risk of developing diseases. Make sure that your guppy's tank has a good filtration system, lots of water changes, and that your guppies have a healthy diet too. If you are breeding guppies, cold water will become a very serious problem. Guppies will not breed and neither will they survive in the water. This is because of the lack of energy they'd have in cold water.

Do guppies need a heater?

Guppies are quite popular among pet owners because of their quick adapting capabilities and easy care methods. They can survive in a different water temperature, but like all fish they need a balanced water temperature as this is where they thrive the best. Warmer water contains less oxygen and colder water contains high oxygen, hence it is essential to keep the water well-aerated. The oxygen level in the water is very crucial for the survival of fish. As the water temperature increases, the oxygen level decreases. This can put your guppy in a dangerous position where they develop breathing problems.

Water and air heat differently. A guppy should ideally live in water temperatures that range between 74-82 F (22-28 C). Guppies belong in tropical waters and therefore, these waters should be replicated in their home aquarium, too. A guppy does need a suitable heater in its tank as it is the only way in which the water temperature can be regulated or kept constant. In the market, hang-on heaters are the heaters that are most commonly available and cheap.

If you plan on using a hang-on heater in your guppy's tank, ensure that the heat control is placed above the waterline. You can also use submersible heaters that are made out of glass or durable plastic materials. However, these are not suitable for salty aquariums due to corrosion and electrical shocks. The heater should have a thermostat that is built-in and reliable so that it can keep your guppies water at a constant 80 F (26.6 C). When your guppy gets sick or is undergoing some sort of treatment or therapeutic process, you should let them live in warmer water that is slightly higher than 82 F (27.7 C). Be careful that there are not many water temperature fluctuations happening, as this will make your guppy susceptible to some dangerous diseases.

What happens to guppies in cold water?

It is possible for guppies to end up eating their babies!

Being highly adaptable, guppy fish can be found all across the world in tropical and subtropical waters. They come in different vibrant colors, making them look even more stunning. They are an adorable fish species and very friendly too!

Since guppies are fish that live in tropical waters, creating a similar water environment and keeping the water at the species temperature range is very crucial when they are placed in home aquariums or a fish tank. To answer the above question, yes, guppies can survive in cold water but only partially. Just because they are good at adapting to any environment does not mean that they can thrive well in cold water.

Guppies are cold-blooded fish so they require heat to keep their bodies active. If a guppy is kept in cold water they can face a number of serious health issues and diseases. They will become lethargic in a cold temperature range due to the absence of heat. Guppies will not survive in cold water for too long, also the chances of your guppy developing diseases will increase. A guppy's breeding will also be severely affected. Guppies are great at breeding and cold water will slow down the breeding process to a great extent.

This is why it is very important for your guppy to be in warm water when it is breeding in the fish tank or aquarium. Cold water can affect your little guppy's health and immunity, weakening it. This can further lead to stress in your guppies, thereby affecting their health. To keep your guppy in its fish tank healthy and happy, make sure that the tank has a lot of regular water changes too.

Can you keep guppies in the outside pond?

If you plan on keeping some guppies in your fish tank or home aquarium, it is important to offer them the right and appropriate water temperature where they can live the best. Ideally, warm water is the best temperature where your guppy can live comfortably.

Keeping guppies in an outside pond is totally alright and they will live just fine, especially if you live in a climate that has a temperature that does not drop below 68 F (20 C). If you live in an area similar to this, you can keep your guppies in outside tubs or ponds all year round, without making use of a heater or having to take them back inside when winter starts.

If you live in areas where the winter temperature tend to drop below the freezing level, keeping your guppies in an outside pond is out of the question. You can keep them in outside ponds during the spring when the temperature doesn't drop below 64 F (18 C). The warmth provided by the hot sun will maintain the water temperature, even during the nights, so it is fine to keep them outside during late springs and summers.

How To Create A Suitable Temperature For Your Guppies

Guppies can survive well in waters with a maximum temperature of 82 F (27.7 C) and a minimum temperature of 74 F (23 C). Regardless, if you always keep them in water with such a high temperature or at a water temperature that is below the minimum, it will not be good for them. Too warm or too cold water can cause some toxic diseases in your guppy fish. Most people keep their temperature indoors between 68- 75 F (20-23 C). Therefore, you'd end up needing a heater for your guppy's tank so that they can live well and comfortably.

It is important to realize that the temperature of the air and the temperature of water heat differently. Water temperature heats much slower than the air temperature. If the temperature of your room is around 70 F (21.1 C), the water temperature will be a few degrees lower.

Maintain the water in the tank between 72-82 F (22-27.7 C) and you will give a very beautiful tank filled with healthy guppies.

Did you know?

Every single day, there is a new species of guppy fish being made! Your guppy fish was named after the man who discovered them, Robert John Lechmere Guppy. Guppies are so easy to look after that you can feed them bits and pieces of the food you eat, like carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, and cucumbers. Guppies are very secure in range all over the world, existing in different shapes, colors, and sizes. No two guppies are alike. This is why guppies are also referred to by fish breeders as rainbow fish. Sometimes, the color of a guppy will be influenced by the environment they live in as well as the number of predators that may be lurking in their waters.

Guppy fish are very bold. Being so small, unlike other small fish, a guppy will approach its predator without the fear of being eaten. Male guppies are usually much more colorful than female guppies. As these fishes are quite small, make sure that you are not overfeeding them. Keep the water clean in your guppy's tank and ensure that the temperature is well-regulated without being too hot or too cold.

Recently, many attempts have been made by the governments of various Asian countries to introduce guppies in their waters (which have warmer water temperatures), so that the number of mosquito larvae can be reduced. Guppies love mosquito larvae so they do a good job at reducing the outbreak of malaria among people. This, in turn, helps combat malaria which is on a rise in many Asian countries at the moment. Antarctica is the only area today where aquarists have not been able to introduce these adorable water creatures, due to the water temperature and cold environment. If this is your first time getting some fish as your pet, do not worry. Go for guppies as they will be quite easy to look after and will also make your aquarium look amazing!

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