Getting To Know Livebearing Aquarium Fishes


Isn’t it amazing to see colorful and active fishes in your aquarium? It’s lovely to spend your free time seeing these peaceful aquarium inhabitants.

Are you looking for something easy to breed and is popular among hobbyist of all experience levels? Read this article to know more about fish that give birth to live.

Those fishes giving birth to a miniature version of them are called livebearers. They retain their eggs within their body up to the point that they release them into free-swimming young.

Members of the Poeciliidae Family:

  • Guppy
  • Molly
  • Platy
  • Swordtail

These fishes started to become popular in the southern United States, Central America, South America, and Mexico.

How To Take Care Of Livebearers

The care level is manageable. They live up to 2 years or more depending on the quality of the environment, and they usually grow at 2 inches the most. The benefit of keeping them is attaining near the ground opportunity of mortality.

A minimum tank of 20 gallons is good enough to house 10 of them. They usually eat their young upon birth (cannibalism). The best place for them is an aquarium with an abundance of plants. To diminish predation, some hobbyists dedicate a separate nursery tank to protect the baby livebearers.

The optimal water condition should be:

  • 64-82°F
  • pH 5.5-8.0
  • KH 10-30

What Does Livebearer Eat

They are omnivores. Their daily diet includes fish flakes and sinking fish pellets. It is healthy to provide them also a variety of live food such as daphnia, mosquito larvae, bloodworm, microworm, and grindal worm.

Just be careful not to feed your fish with contaminated live food. Livebearers have soft skin and sensitive to bacteria.

Why Breeding Livebearers Is Effortless

Almost all aquarium hobbyists like these fishes because they reproduce every month even without your intervention. If you are lucky to purchase one that is about to give birth, in a few days you will be able to see a small brood roaming on top of the water surface.

Obtaining them is hassle-free. They cost less compared with other ornamental fishes that you can find in pet stores.


If you are looking for low maintenance set up to have pets in the house, go for livebearers. Providing them with food takes less effort, and they reproduce satisfactorily.

Maintain a regular conditioned environment for them and for sure that you will be able to enjoy keeping them for several years to come.

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