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Fascinating Fancy & Common Guppies

Whether fancy or common, these little fish are unique, each having its own color “fingerprint.”

By Mary Sweeney |

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Back in the middle of the last century, guppies (Poecilia reticulata) were the gold standard for aquarium fish. Any child imbued with a genuine fascination in fish, no matter how poor or how limited the availability of her resources, could acquire guppies and teach herself how to keep them. That’s what I did. Long walks home to save bus fares to buy pregnant females in the hopes of having millions of fish was considered worthy sacrifice. Information was scarce, and nature is a ruthless teacher.

So I've been there and have been doing that since I found the pet department in the local Newberry's — the very day they let me out of the house to go to first grade. I owe a lot to the guppy. It has been there, no matter where or when, from the childhood bedroom to the first apartment and every home, to the workplace.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the April 2010 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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