Despite of the fact that I'm more a fan of non-bigtailed guppies, I do have to admit that I am and have been keeping bigtailed guppies throughout the years. For sure there are certain bigtailed guppies which will be graded the "wow-factor" by me but it's just a general thing that I'm not a huge fan of bigtailed guppies.
Nevertheless, fancy guppies come in a variety of bodyshape, finshape, bodysize and colouration. And that makes it so interesting to keep fancy guppies as well...
Well, one of my favourites are the snakeskin topswords. I've got this strain from Peter and Astrid Raschke in September 2014. This beautiful patterned fancy guppy comes in grey and blonde based bodies.
They're really vivid fish in a fishtank and now it seems very profilic as well.
The picture above shows two snakeskin topsword males (upper male blonde and lower male grey).
The pictures below show a couple of the grey and of the blonde version.
A stunning snakeskin male in a showtank.
In some way of all the snakeskin fancy strains I had, this version is the most oustanding one to me.
Below we see a male at the livebearer show in Diemelsee-Adorf (Germany).
Keeping and breeding moscows (and in generally moscow blue) has been going on in an "on & off" situation at my place. I grew up in the seventies and eighties with the old verion of moscows which happened to be half greys and half blacks at that time. After 2010 the full moscows were becoming more popular. Ever since 2014 a lot of people think that the full moscows are the only real moscows there are. Well, that's because they just don't know how the moscow started off. I've read those debates so often on forums on the internet. Nowadays, we call the former moscows half black or half grey and not moscow anymore. Well, maybe I'm still old school and that's why I'm still calling those half blacks and half greys moscow as well..
If you're looking for a real full blue moscow female, be aware of it that she's the right one. Unfortunately, I've noticed that there are people who just put a half black female to a full moscow blue male. A real full moscow female has got only pigmentation in her fins. And sometimes a slight dark coloured saddle.
This goes he same for full moscow black and full moscow green.
Moscow red albino
The full moscows come in a couple of body colours. One of them is the red version. And the one that got my interest is the albino version.
This is a complete copy of the full red but with the significance of the eyes. Where the regular full red has black eyes, this version has got red eyes. Just like the regulare version, this is a very attractive fancy guppy.
These are born blonde and while aging the red will cover the body in total with the males. When it comes to the females, more pink till red will show up on the body. Still a good deal of the body will remain blonde. Also the dorsal of the females is a bit extended.
Females of the regular full reds are more blonde than of the albinos. That's a specific difference between these two versions. An average gestation will take about 4 weeks and a brood will count between 20 - 50 fry.
Also with this albino, it has to be mentioned that they are more sensitive in comparison to the regular full reds.
Albino koi guppy (Kohaku)
Also a very interesting fancy guppy is the albino koi guppy. This strain has been created in Japan. Although, they already exsisted for much longer, I just saw them for the first time for real back in 2014 at one of the livebearer shows I've participated. Before that I just knew them from pictures.
The albino koi guppy which I'm keeping and breeding concerns a kohako version (bicolor) and is blonde based. Although I haven't found out what the real origin (when it comes to genetics) of this strain happens to be, it does relate to the full red strain.
The male does show a red pattern all over his body. Especially the upper part (saddleback, shoulder and head is red covered. The chest and the lower backside will show blonde. Of course, an ideal male would be having a blonde body with just red fins and a lipstick marking on the nose. And maybe just a slight red marking on the saddle. Unlike the full red guppy, the gonopodium won't show any red coloration.
The females show a lot less red markings on their bodies. Very characteristic with females is the red nose. Such a marking on the nose or lips is called kuchibeni (which means lipstick in japanese just like they name koi with such a marking). And most females won't show any red dorsals but translucent ones or white.
I do prefer this strain in comparison to the king koi guppy. The king koi guppy known for its lionhead doesn't appeal to me. With a goldfish such a head would be okay because of the way the body's build. But a slender fish like a guppy, such a disformity doesn't do a guppy any justice in my opinion. But that's a matter of personal preference.
Tuxedo red koi guppy
The Tuxedo red koi guppy is a color variety of the regular Tuxedo red guppy. Only difference is the red nose or lipstick marking (kuchibeni).
One other typical issue is that the coloration of the female's dorsal isn't always full red but can be partially red or white-bluish.
In comparison to the albino koi guppy, the tuxedo red koi has got more contrast. The intensity of the dark bodied parts goes from dark grey to blue till black.
And putting them in daylight, you'll be able to see a lot of blue shimmer... Even on the caudal penducle.
Platinum koi guppy
Another variety of the koi guppy is the platinum koi guppy. They come in grey and blonde based.
In comparison to albino koi and tuxedo red koi, the males do have better red or orange coloration in their fins in comparison to the females. Especially the coloration of the caudal fin of the females may differ per individual.
It's a very interesting variety because of the platinum body of the male. But also the pattern and coloration of each male specimen does differ no matter grey or blonde based.
Below: A trio of grey based platinum koi guppies.
Below: A blonde based male platinum koi guppy.
Platinum white roundtail
Ever since the November 2016 I've started to focus on keeping and breeding platinum white roundtail guppies. These blonde based guppies are mostly bred as being largetailed versions. But in general I do prefer shorttailed guppies. And so I've decided to focus on roundtail whites.
Depending on the light used in a tank, they can show a bluish shimmer as well. The tip of the nose of the male will keep the blonde color. In some way, I'm not able to get that part covered in white as well. Nevertheless, it remains a stunning fancy guppy.
In comparison to the delta tail platinum white guppies, the dorsal of this strain is kept shorter. Could be that in time that I'll be aiming on a somewhat extended dorsal. In general most males are roundtails but from time to time also some spadetails do occur.
It's seriously one of the more challenging strains I keep. My goal is to manage to make real full whites out of them.
Yellow taxi glass belly
Like all glass belly guppies, also these are translucent around the belly area for they are lacking pigmentation of the abdomen. Which means also that the pregnancy development can be followed optimally. This albino version does lack black pigment by all means.
But besides a possible pregnancy also the internals like a clon can be seen through the skin (last mentioned goes for both genders of course).
My own opinion is that they're not so profilic as most fancy guppies. But maybe that's something that just happens at my own place. Maybe soemwhere else they might be a bit more reproductive...
In general most males of this strain are deltatail males. But from time to time also swallow and ribbon males do occur like the male shown above.
Japan blue lyretail
Japan blue lyretails are as magnificent as their shorttailed relatives. The males can have doubleswords, a bottomsword or a topsword. The variation of the sword colour can range from blue, black, white, red or orange.
Also the length or the width of the sword(s) can differ. Below a male with a short bottomsword is shown.
But also endler influences are used with japan blue guppies like the picture below shows. The black bar is typical an influence coming from an endler bloodline.
The following pictures show japan blue with red fins.
In 2015 one of my own japan blue lyretail (blue fin) entries for the Livebearer and Killifish Convention in Asperen (the Netherlands) won the third position (category fancy guppies).
An entry of my japan blue lyretail (blue fins) at the international endler championship 2013 in Berlin (Germany) wasn't qualified being top 3 but it was being published in the International Guppy Fachjournal January 2014 as being a japan blue wingei variety..
Snakeskin (cobra) sharktail
As the name already suggests, this guppy strain has got cobra pattern on its body and atailshape of a shark's tail. To me this variety of a cobra fancy guppy is much more fascinating than a delta tailed one. But this is a personal preference of course...
This strain is very profilic and for sure fast growers. Further on, they're quite hardy. The dot on both sides of the chest is a specific mark to this strain.
Although panda guppies were already known for a longer period of time, they just became more popular about 4 years ago (back in 2012). Way before that period I only had the opportunity to purchase males and no females. A bit hard to breed the line without the right females. Fortunately, the past few years also females of this fancy strains are at hand. One of the reasons why I've started keeping them again. Another reason is the size of the males. I'm really fond of smaller guppies (btw, females tend to get the same size as a regular female guppy).
Although, the name "panda" seems very logical because of the "black&white" combination, there are sufficient males which are almost fully black covered.
The influence of pink and moscow is also noticeable when the male is younger before the black markings have fully coloured up. And also with most females there's a slight pink noticeable at the rear part of the body. And as the picture above shows, also somewhat pink on the head (not all females show this pink on the head). It's also the pink gene that will keep the body length short.
It's a genuine guppy and no endler hybrid! The commercial trade has called them "endlers" ever since that the endler hype is going on. Before the endler hype they were correctly labeled as being guppies. And again, it's the pink gene that keeps the body short...
Most males also tend to have a blue shine on their body when light reflects on them.
They're easy breeders once they're comfortable in their enviroment.
A panda variety which seems to be a bit more vulnerable is the socalled lutino panda. This variety is lacking melanophores and shows on a blonde or white body a white coloration. Also some dark pink and/or a bluish shine may appear in the fins and/or caudal penducle.
Like most albinos and lutinos, these pandas are more vulnerable to fungus and other infectional diseases. But despite of the vulnerability, it's really worthwhile to keep this strain.
Above: Two adult females. The left one is a white bodied female in comparison to the blonde bodied female (right).
Below: Two adult males and an adult fermale.
Platinum panda blonde
Another panda variety is the socalled platinum panda blonde. This is a blond bodied species where only the males will show further coloration. The male shows black colored fins and a white platinum coloration which covers the blonde body.
Males tend not to color up at the same pace. Some males do show already black fins as being fry. And most males will show color once they're juveniles. The males can show some green and/or blue on the caudal penducle...
Below: A couple of blonde platinum pandas.
Below: Males of different ages.
The typical scale netpattern on top of a pink guppy female is also shown on these blonde females. Which shows as well that the pink gene is actually present.
This variety has proven to be very prolific.
Vienna emerald bottomsword
In 2014 I've started keeping these blond bottomswords after I've purchased a group from Frank Schenk (Fisch und Heim, Voerde in Germany).
It took a reasonable period of time before they were reproducing themselves but after a couple of months, they started dropping fry. They do like clean water and a more frequent water change is preferable.
They're really stunning fancies with a metallic shine all over the body. Features of yellow, green, orange or even red markings are present. Just like the bottomsword als the dorsal is extended and with the yellow colour on the dorsal also some spots are shown.
A true jewel indeed...!
Filigree doublesword blonde
During fall 2016 I've started keeping this strain. It's a remarkable stunning doublesword guppy. For it also shows somewhat pink and a bluish shimmer. Pink is mostly present in the male's dorsal, two swords and the top of the body. Some females have clear fins and others have some slight bluish markings in both dorsal and caudal fin. And some pinkish on the female's saddle is present.
They're quite hardy fish to keep and for sure profilic.
Ritz lace DS
Another creation of japanese breeder Kenjiro Tanaka is the ritz lace guppy. This is a doublesword fancy guppy available as being gray or blonde based. The gray based version is also called Ritz green lace DS because of the green shimmer on its body; depending how the light is shining upon the fish.
This strain seems very profilic and quite hardy. So, in general a very easy kind of guppy.
Below: A gray female & blonde male.
In general I do keep both grays and blondes joined in one tank. This to keep the pattern wellbalanced on those blondes. Same thing with the ginga rubras.
It's a very interesting kind of guppy when you look at coloration on the male's body with the metallic shine. Also the filigree pattern in both dorsal and caudal fin makes it a stunning fish.
Big ear / Dumbo guppy / Elephant ear
Well, there are more names for this kind of guppy. It refers to their big pectoral fins. Mostly those pectoral fins will be black but can have other colors as well. Even translucent.
There are many color varieties. I've kept some of these guppies and they can be very colorful. At least they'll show a beautiful contrast.
Saw the first specimens live when I was meeting up with David Teng from Singapore at the Marriot Hotel in Amsterdam back in spring 2014. Before I just knew them from videos and pictures.
I won't describe them but show some overhere which I've kept.
Above: Three juvenile dumbo males.
Below: An adult dumbo female with translucent pectoral fins.
Below: A beautiful multi-colored platinum dumbo male.
Below: A beautiful magenta dumbo roundtail male.
A cross between half black (grey based) guppies and blond guppies resulted in this HB blonde guppy. At this point (2016) I've noticed that it seems still rare in Western-Europe (which will probably change within the coming year). For I had the impression that a similar specimen was already available for a reasonable time.
Sometimes a regular half black still develops within this group. That will probably become less after a couple of generations.
The tailshape per individual male does differ from a small delta till roundtail...
Ever since 2015, I'm also keeping smaller galaxy shorttail guppies. There are also lots of big tailed galaxy guppies which just don't appeal to me that much. This version is also smaller in bodysize than most galaxies. I used to have larger sized galaxy red roundtail guppies from a breeder in Braunschweig (Germany) but lost the females because of severe heat conditions during summer (2012). Fortunately, a small group of juveniles of this strain had been given to me by Ciska Sciarone from Zwolle (the Netherlands) as well and after a while I've continued the breeding programme. At the end of 2013, I've sold the whole colony to a belgian breeder.
In comparison to the galaxy red roundtail I had, these galaxy shorttails are missing the metalhead. I deliberately call them galaxy shorttails for the caudal of each male is short but the shape differ per mail. They come in round-, spade, cofer- and flagtail.
These are metallic guppies with spotted markings all over the body and orange-red markings and specifically on the fins. Also this strain is easy to keep and for sure an easy breeder.
Another small bodied guppy from japanese breeder Kenjiro Tanaka is the platinum orangetail.
The males have round and spade shaped tails and a slight extended dorsal fin. Furthermore, some brown
markings on the lower part of the sides and orangered colored saddle, dorsal and caudal fin. All males are slender build.
The females however are bronze bodied with a somewhat yellow-orange colored dorsal and caudal fin.
Despite of the small bodysize, these guppies are well profilic. These guppies are really suitable for smaller tanks.
In 2014 I've purchased a small group of delta reds for an acquaintance of mine. But at the end he decided to choose another strain instead of this one. So, I've decided to keep this strain to myself and breed with it despite of the fact that I'm not a huge fan of big tailed fancies.
Be sure if you pucrhase delta reds that they're not actually flamingo or moscow reds. I've noticed that from time to time these three are mixed up with another.
These fancies are born blonde and the males will be red covered for most part of the body. Females however only show red in their caudal and dorsal fins. And a slight red on the saddle to the caudal area.
Below: some juvenile delta reds...
Ginga rubra blonde
The first ginga rubras (blonde) were purchased by me back in te beginning of 2014. But I had complications after a while and all of that stock got lost. Mid 2014, I've started again with a small group of these guppies and that seemed succesful. Once they're acclimatized, they will start reproducing pretty fast.
I do have to note that in my opinion those blondes are a bit more sensitive in comparison to the grey variety.
This strain has its origin in japan. It's been created by mr. Kenjiro Tanaka.
It's a shorttailed fancy guppy with a beautiful metallic shine where red, orange, yellow and purple meet up with eachother.
Ginga rubra grey
The description of the ginga rubra grey is similar to the ginga rubra blonde. Only difference is a grey based body.
Note: To maintain a good pattern on the blondes, generation after generation, mixing up with a grey based ginga rubra does the job.
Most greys have a lot purple in them but some lack purple like these show.. But the ginga traits are still recognizable...
The Ginga kinubali is also a creation of Kenjiro Tanaka (Japan). This strain comes in grey and blonde based ones. I've got the grey based in stock.
I've got my first ginga kinubali grey from Tim Bij 't Vuur in 2016. They seem very profilic and don't really differ too much from the ginga rubra in their needs.
In March 2017 also blonde offspring were born out of these grey ones.
Japan blanco (aka bianco)
A very attractive fancy guppy is the Japan blanco. It's actually a platinum white guppy. Furthermore, it's a blonde based strain where only the males turn white. The tail of the males are in general short and vary in shape like e.g. round-, spade-, spear- and flagtail.
Females however do have translucent finnage or somewhat blonde markings in their fins. But both genders do have elongated dorsals.
It's a prolific strain which seems a bit sensitive to inbalances of the water parameters. And also this strain hardly chase their fry.
Ice guppy shorttail albino
Another smaller fancy guppy is the ice guppy shorttail albino. It's even a white based albino recessive A+ strain.
The male shown above does have red eyes and not black but in this picture the reflection of the flash has made the eyes darker.
I don't know the origin of them but sometimes a blue snakeskin male will occur within the offspring. But in general males do tend to have blue shine on thier bodies.
It's for sure a nice strain which can be kept in a smaller fishtank without any problems. Although, the females tend to grow a huge belly when pregnant, the number of offspring is generally not that high. And for being an albino strain, this strain is quite hardy.
Ever since the past two years (2014) I'm working on a strain which I've called "Magenta snakechest". The name can be explained very easily. It concerns a grey based guppy with a magenta look and a snakeskn pattern on its chest.
Above: a fullgrown male...
Below: a fullgrown female...
Below: a male close to adulthood... Caudal and dorsal still not fullgrown...
Had some struggles to get them right but after almost a year, the line breeds pure.
Below: a juvenile male and a juvenile female...
Below: an adult couple...
Above: some magenta snakechests...
A summery of fancy guppies