Keeping just one guppy: is it safe to keep them lonely?
As guppies are most often seen in groups, many new fish keepers wonder if they can keep one guppy on its own.
Can you keep just one guppy? Or do they need tank mates? Read on to find out…
Usually, people want to keep a single guppy on its own when they only have a small tank or bowl.
In this case, there’s not enough space for several guppies
– especially when you consider that guppies breed very easily!
– so they wonder whether it would be okay to just keep one. But they also worry that he will get lonely by himself!
We say “he” because, in most cases, people planning to keep just one guppy on their own are thinking about keeping a male guppy.
This is because males are more brightly colored than females.
So what’s the answer? Can you keep just one guppy in a tank on its own?
The answer is yes, it’s absolutely fine to keep one guppy alone!
As long as you have a big enough tank (we’d suggest 4 gallons and a sponge filter) then there’s nothing wrong with keeping just one guppy.
He (or she!) will quite happily swim around the tank and look around the plants and decorations without getting lonely or needing the company of any other guppy fish.
Can I keep only one male guppy?
The simple answer is Yes, You can definitely keep only one male guppy in a tank or only male guppies in a tank. However, when you keep only male guppies in a tank, you will see a lot of bullying and aggression among tank mates. To reduce and avoid stress keep at least half a dozen male guppies.
Are guppies happy alone?
You might be wondering if a guppy can dwell all alone in a community tank or not. Well, the answer is yes! Keeping a lonely male or female guppy with other non-predatory species is a compromise; yet, your guppy will still be happier
How Many Guppies Should Be Kept Together?
The number of guppies that you can keep together depends purely on the size of the tank in gallons.
The ideal guppy ratio is 1 guppy for every 2 gallons of water. Which equates to 3-6 Guppies in 10 Gallon water.
Moreover, the ideal male-to-female ratio is 2:1. That means for every 2 female guppies you can have 1 male guppy.
One thing to bear in mind though – if you choose to keep a female guppy then there is a chance that she could have become pregnant in the pet shop and be carrying babies before you even bring her home.
This could mean that instead of one guppy, you suddenly end up with lots of guppies!
This is another reason why it would probably make sense to go for a male guppy, rather than a female.
Finally, if you’re planning on keeping more than one guppy, be sure to check out our article on guppy male-to-female ratios!