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JoshGuppy
January 20th-2005, 11:04 PM
Does anyone know where in the world are these found in the wild?

Guppyqueen
January 20th-2005, 11:18 PM
I've been to Brazil and saw some along the river bed. Mostly around South America.

leviathan
January 20th-2005, 11:40 PM
originally central and south america but now they are all over the world for mosquito control and at fish farms

badcatty
January 21st-2005, 03:47 AM
They were first discovered in Venezuela, then Barbados and Trinidad.

FinalFantasy
January 21st-2005, 04:59 AM
when I was 12, still living in Vietnam, I got bunch of those in the small river, actually it's not a river but just a water flowing path along the side of streets. No money to buy the Fancy Guppy then, we consider "Fancy Guppy" are the ones with black side fins, all the wild ones do not have black fins, just some of the wild male have a little bit of color on his body.

JoshGuppy
January 21st-2005, 05:49 AM
catch some of those wild ones and sell them! I bet they could become useful!

DisabledFish
December 9th-2009, 12:15 AM
Here in Queensland Australia they are in pretty much every creek, lake, dam, river or stream I've seen, along with the occasional fish that looks a lot like a molly. I think they are both introduced to control mosquitos, like someone said earlier.

I kept the wild strain of guppy all throughout my childhood, I liked them better than the fancy guppies and mollys people would buy me (seemed more natural).

They are a nice redish to greyish brown or even just plain grey or brown, sometimes with darker or lighter markings on their sides or fins, but only if you look closely. They seemed a bit larger than fancy guppies, grew faster.
To breed them all I had to do was put them in a big plastic tub outside with a LOT of elodea(anacharis) and before I knew it the tub would be packed with guppies, the females grew much larger than any fancy guppy I have seen, would be interesting to cross them with fancy guppy and see what the result is. I never thought to try it before.

MADMIKE
December 9th-2009, 12:35 AM
check out the video on
http://www.igees.org/
Guppies in the Moscow river

alsk
December 9th-2009, 01:41 AM
We have something that resembles the 'fancy' guppy. People around here call them minnows, but every once in a while, you come across a male that has some very distict wild guppy colors. I believe the name is mosquito fish. They look my guppies with no color and males have short fins. Everyone uses them for fishing bait though. I put one in after quarentine for a month and he picked my males fins so I threw him back. We also have some incredible fancy mollies, like actual fancy mollies that poeple got tired of and threw in the creek. We have black and speckled mollies. Anyway are the mosquito fish wild guppies?

rad3dad
December 9th-2009, 02:19 AM
check out the video on
http://www.igees.org/
Guppies in the Moscow river

Wow, there was snow on the ground, I guess they adapted to colder water?

GuppyGal
December 9th-2009, 11:26 AM
Wow, there was snow on the ground, I guess they adapted to colder water?

Yes seems so...but I couldnt make out a word he said! LOL! Nice DIY net there.

Daps
December 9th-2009, 11:03 PM
Wow, there was snow on the ground, I guess they adapted to colder water?

i was wondering the same thing too... how are they surviving in that cold weather?

turkish.guppy
December 10th-2009, 12:23 AM
two separate wild fish in their area from Turkey
1-
http://www.akvaryumkulubu.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=52827

2-
http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/6465/img0292nm2.jpg

http://img122.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc01349sp2.jpg

DanofEarth
December 10th-2009, 12:35 AM
i was wondering the same thing too... how are they surviving in that cold weather?

It looks like they have some warm water coming from a factory. Wasn't there a similar situation somewhere in England?

Pisceoz
December 10th-2009, 01:31 AM
Here in Queensland Australia they are in pretty much every creek, lake, dam, river or stream I've seen, along with the occasional fish that looks a lot like a molly. I think they are both introduced to control mosquitos, like someone said earlier.

I kept the wild strain of guppy all throughout my childhood, I liked them better than the fancy guppies and mollys people would buy me (seemed more natural).

They are a nice redish to greyish brown or even just plain grey or brown, sometimes with darker or lighter markings on their sides or fins, but only if you look closely. They seemed a bit larger than fancy guppies, grew faster.
To breed them all I had to do was put them in a big plastic tub outside with a LOT of elodea(anacharis) and before I knew it the tub would be packed with guppies, the females grew much larger than any fancy guppy I have seen, would be interesting to cross them with fancy guppy and see what the result is. I never thought to try it before.

They are most likely Gambusia affinis or Gambusia holbrooki. That's what they (erroneously) introduced here in Aus to control mosquitoes, now they are trying desperately to eradicate them. Gambusia:
http://www.deconatura.es/images/noticias/16_gambusia%5B1%5D.jpg
http://www.cnr.vt.edu/efish/families/images/jpegs/gambusia.jpg

The Molly-looking ones are most likely the Speckled Mosquitofish, Phalloceros caudimaculatus:
http://www.aquaristikszene.ch/Phalloceros_caudimaculatus.jpg

narutodude000
December 10th-2009, 02:48 AM
check out the video on
http://www.igees.org/
Guppies in the Moscow river

There's a nice double sword!

TheGoodGuppie
December 10th-2009, 09:59 AM
I'm guessing the water in that river in moscow is maybe heated from the power station that I think was shown. It may use the river water to keep things cool, then the heated water is put back into the river.
Just a guess though.
EDIT! just noticed someone else has said the same thing.....

i2iceboi
December 10th-2009, 12:16 PM
Wow lol seriously that must be very cold. The coldest i have raised guppies is 35 F. Those were wild type though as the fancy can barely last in 55F. Usually takes 2 months for them to reproduce though