Guppies are one of the most popular of all aquarium fish. They are extremely colourful, and highly active. Colour varieties of guppies seem endless. Beautiful guppies don’t just happen. They are the result of years of careful breeding by dedicated, experienced breeders. Because of the high cost for labour in Australia, we are not able to competitively develop new colour morphs. We acquire quality breeders from reliable suppliers. After a lengthy quarantine period, we then introduce them into our earth ponds.
The colour for each strain will be maintained for a season or two. However, eventually the original colour gradually gives way to a delightful mix of spectacular colours.
At Aussie Fish Aquatics all our guppies are produced in earth ponds. The water is strictly fresh. No salt is added. Many of the guppies available to the aquarium trade are produced in highly salty environments. Sometimes this may result in difficulties in keeping them healthy. Most guppies will benefit from some salt, even if they are produced and grown in fresh water. Producing our guppies in fresh water may help avoid some of the difficulties experienced when keeping guppies.
Breeding and growing guppies in open ponds also produces a fish with natural “toughness.” Weaker fish are taken by natural predators, such as water beetles. They are exposed to all the elements. In summer surface temperatures can become extreme, reaching the high 30’s and even for short periods the low 40’s. (Celsius)
In winter, early in the morning, ponds temperatures often drop as low as 11C with normal daytime pond temperatures between 14-18C. Obviously guppies from this sort of environment are tough.
Red Wagtail Platy
Platies are a peaceful, live-bearing species that are an extremely popular community aquarium fish. There are two species of Platy. Both are native to Mexico and Belize. Both species have been developed into many colour forms.
The Variatus Platy is native to Mexico. The Variatus Platy can be kept in unheated aquariums in warmer regions of Australia. They comfortably tolerate temperatures around 14C, but prefer temperatures in the 20’s. In our ponds they often tolerate temperatures below 14C. for several weeks. 11C is a common winter morning temperature in our ponds. (Summer water temperatures can be in the high thirties.)
Both Platy types grow to about 4.5-5cm. They eat most commercial fish foods and are not particularly fussy about water conditions, however they do prefer neutral or alkaline water of moderate hardness.
Aussie Fish Aquatics produces a range of colours of Platys. All Platys are produced in earth ponds. They remain in the ponds for the full year. This exposes the fish to a full range of temperatures, and natural predators. The resulting stock offered for sale are tough disease resistant fish. Click on the links below to view pictures and video of our colour forms.