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Red Dragon Guppies are a striking and colorful variant of the guppy species, known for their vibrant red and patterned tails. They are popular among aquarium hobbyists for their beauty and relative ease of care. Here are some details about them:

Appearance

  • Color: Primarily red with intricate dragon-like patterns on their tails and bodies. The patterns may include black, orange, and other colors.
  • Size: Males typically reach about 1.2 inches (3 cm), while females are slightly larger, up to 2.4 inches (6 cm).

Habitat

  • Water Temperature: Optimal temperature range is 72-82°F (22-28°C).
  • pH Level: Prefer a pH range of 6.8 to 7.8.
  • Hardness: Thrive in moderately hard water.

Diet

  • Omnivorous: Accept a wide variety of foods including high-quality flake food, pellets, live or frozen foods (such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms), and vegetable matter.
  • Supplementary Food: Can be given blanched vegetables like spinach or zucchini.

Breeding

  • Ease of Breeding: Guppies, including Red Dragon Guppies, are livebearers and breed easily in captivity.
  • Mating: Females give birth to live fry approximately every 30 days.
  • Fry Care: Fry can be left in the main tank if there are plenty of hiding places, but they are often moved to a separate breeding tank to avoid predation.

Tank Mates

  • Compatibility: Best kept with other peaceful fish species like tetras, mollies, and other guppies.
  • Behavior: Generally peaceful but males can sometimes be aggressive towards each other, especially in overcrowded conditions.

Tank Setup

  • Plants and Hiding Places: Benefit from a well-planted tank with plenty of hiding spots.
  • Tank Size: A minimum of 10 gallons is recommended for a small group of guppies.
  • Filtration: A good filtration system is essential to maintain water quality.

Maintenance

  • Water Changes: Regular water changes (about 25% weekly) are important to keep the water clean.
  • Health Monitoring: Watch for signs of disease, such as white spots (indicative of ich) or fin rot.

Red Dragon Guppies are a captivating addition to any community tank, known for their bright colors and active behavior. With proper care, they can thrive and bring vibrant beauty to the aquarium