How To Introduce Guppies To A New Tank?(3 Simple Steps)

Adding any of the many types of guppies to an aquarium will definitely make it more attractive. Ideally, a few fancy guppies should do the trick. These guppies come in bright colors like gold, blue, red, and even green. However, the challenge comes when they start to reproduce in droves and you need to migrate them to a new tank. Here are 3 things you need to do well during the process
  • Acclimate Guppies
  • Tank Conditions
  • Food
Read on if you are in the midst of doing this and will want to make sure you don’t wipe out the whole guppies population from your old fish tank.

How Do You Transfer Guppies To A New Tank?

How To Introduce Guppies To A New Tank Before transferring the guppies from your old fish tank to the new one, there are some prep work you have to do for your new tank.

Acclimate Guppies

  1. To add your guppies to the new tank, float the plastic fish bag in the tank for about 30 minutes.
  2. During this time, add a little tank water (every 5 to 10 minutes) into the bag so that they can acclimate to the water chemistry.
  3. Do this until there’s a 50/50 ratio of tank water and the water that they came in.
However, don’t let any of the water from the container get into the tank. After that, move your guppies to their new home using a net.

Tank Conditions

These tropical fish prefer warm water, and you have to add a tablespoon of salt for every 5 gallons of water. This helps keep them healthy and happy. Also, try not to overcrowd your tank. Keep at least 1 male for every 2 females. Remember that these are prolific breeders. They also live for a shorter period than other fish. So, keep an eye on tank conditions and tank mates. Guppies are among the most popular types of freshwater aquarium fish and you might think it’s okay to just throw them in a tank with other fish. But, always try to avoid placing fish that grow larger than your guppies in the same tank unless you do it for population control, i.e, betta fish to help eat the fry.


Foodwise, guppies aren’t picky eaters. Flaked food, live-specimens (larvae, bloodworms), etc. that you can get at a pet fish shop or online fish store are all recommended. They can even eat vegetables that you have at home. However, a well-balanced diet of both plant and animal sources is best. For more information see the following articles:


Acclimating guppies to your tank is a job requiring a lot of time and patience.
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However, once you successfully transfer your guppy to their new home, take good care of them by providing excellent water conditions, regular cleaning, fresh food, and great tank mates.
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