HB sunset guppy
One of my many guppies (Poecilia reticulata). This is a juvenile male (7-8 weeks old at the time of the photo) of a half-black (HB) strain. I was not sure of the exact name of the colour of his tail and Amber suggested that he looked like a sunset, so sunset it will be until someone corrects me!
Guppies are one of the most popular tropical fish available now days: this is because they have a reputation for being hardy and very easy to look after. This is not always so. Over the years, guppies have become so popular due to the wide variety of strains (colour morphs and tail types) which have been produced that many fish seen at LFS (local fish stores) are farm bred in SE Asia and so are weak due to extensive inbreeding and sometimes improper conditions. If you are planning on keeping guppies, it is well worth finding a breeder who will be able to sell you good quality fish, usually, for less then you will find them in a store. They are a beautiful and slightly fragile fish, especially susceptible to fin rot, so good care must be taken of them.
Please do not forget to cycle your tank first!