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Red Cobra Guppy
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Red Cobra Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Green, Red
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 64-82° F, KH 10-30, pH 5.5-8.0
Max. Size 2½"
Origin Captive-Bred in Asia, Central America to Brazil
Family Poeciliidae
Minimum Tank Size 20 gallons
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Overview

The Red Cobra Guppy is also called the Millions Fish and sometimes, simply the Guppy. It is one of the color variations of Poecilia reticulata guppy. The hardiness of the Red Cobra Guppy, as well as the fact that it matures quickly makes it an excellent fish for beginning hobbyists. The Red Cobra Delta male has a striking tail fin that is orange around the outside edge and white in the middle with a black spot pattern running throughout. The back half of the body is gray, while the front is a mixture of brilliant colors.

The Red Cobra Guppy requires a tank with at least 20 gallons of water, and is very tolerant of changing tank conditions. Plants should be hardy varieties such as Java Fern and Java Moss that can handle the increased hardness in the tank. Other peaceful fish would make good tank mates.

The females in this pair may be of an assorted variety; however, you can differentiate the males and females easily. The males are smaller in size, have brighter coloration, along with a bigger tail fin, and pointed anal fin. The females are larger in size with a duller coloration, have a rounded anal fin, as well as a pregnancy patch on the lower portion of the body. Ideally, the environment should have a covering of floating ferns and a breeding box to protect the fry. Adults may eat the fry if left to fend for themselves without the breeding box. The fry should be fed brine shrimp, micro food and pulverized flakes.

The Red Cobra Guppy is an omnivore and requires both algae-based foods as well as meaty foods. An algae-based flake food, along with freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp will provide guppies with the proper nutrition.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-3/4"

Customer Testimonials

Jack W Aberdeen , SD
These are some of the most beautiful Guppies! I have 2 male and female pairs living with Lyretails and Green Cobras, and have started schooling! They're very hardy too, so they're great for beginners and experts! Another great purchase of LiveAquaria!
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