Guppy Types

Choose any of the Guppy types below to see image and learn more about each.


Albino

The Albino guppy shows the recessive albino phenotype trait. This trait shows red eyes and the absence of black melanin. This type of guppy can appear in many colors. There is a Red Albino Delta and Tank class and any other colored Albino delta would be entered in the AOC(Any Other Color) class. Albinos with veils are entered in the Body/eye color class. Pregnant females should be placed separately in a heavily planted tank since newly born babies have poor vision and can be eaten easily.

Genetic albino Red. This fish would be entered in the Red Albino class

Genetic albino Half Black Pastel. This fish would be entered in the AOC Albino class. 2009 IFGA annual.

Young genetic albino multi color. if it grows a delta tail it would be entered in the AOC Albino class or the veil class if it grows out to be a veil.

Genetic albino Red. This fish would be entered in the Red Albino class. Excellent body color. 2008 IFGA annual.

Genetic albino HB Pastel. This fish would be entered in the AOC Albino class

Young genetic albino Half Black Pastel. This fish would entered in the AOC Albino class..

Genetic albino. This fish would be entered in the AOC Albino class. 2009 IFGA annaul.

Genetic albino veil tail. This fish would be entered in the veil class.

AOC (Any Other Color)

The AOC color class covers all color types that do not fit in any of the other color IFGA delta color classes.

Genetic gold pastel. The flash brought out the tail’s base color, but is more muted on the show bench, not enabling it to be entered in the AOC BiColor class. This fish would be enter in the AOC class.

AOC BiColor

The AOC Bicolor class (Any Other Color Bicolor) covers all bicolor types that do not fit in Blue Green or Red bicolor classes. A bicolor must have a base color and the secondary color must be at least 25% of the tail color. Both colors must be distinct. No other third color that is more that 15% should be present or it would considered a multi-colored guppy. The dorsal should match the same color and pattern in the tail.

Purple bicolor which would be entered in the AOC BiColor Class.

Yellow bicolor guppy. This is a genetically a snakeskin and zebrinous male. The zebrinous bars have masked some of the snakeskin rossette pat

Genetic gold purple bicolor which would be entered in the AOC BiColor Class.

Pastel bicolor which would be entered in the AOC BiColor Class.

Black

The Black guppy color goal is to be completely black with no secondary color. Most Black guppies are small to medium size. Breeding for larger size often results in a loss of good black color and matching dorsal.

This Black guppy has the X-linked half black body trait. Females usually show half black body and fins in this strain type. This would be entered in the Black class.

This Black guppy has the X-linked half black body trait. Females usually show half black body and fins in this strain type. This would be entered in the Black class.

This Black guppy carries the Moscow trait and possibly the X-linked half black body trait. The typical Moscow trait of changing darkness can make this strain difficult to show.

Blue

The Blue guppy ranges from a sky blue to a dark blue. Females will show blue highlights in their fins.

A matching pair of blue guppies that were entered in the Blue Tank class at an IFGA show.

This fish carries the Y-link Moscow trait and would be entered in the Blue class.

A blue with half colored blue body. The half color trait in this strain is dominate Y-linked. This fish would be entered in the Blue class.

This fish carries the Y-link Moscow trait and would be entered in the Blue class.

A blue with half colored blue body. The half color trait is a recessive trait in this fish. The flash brought out the green highlights stronger but looks blue in room lighting. This fish would be entered in the Blue class. This kind of half colored guppy often results from breeding normal blues to females from Blue Moscow strains

Blue Green BiColor

The Blue Green BiColor guppy comes in many types. Blue, Green, or Blue-Green must be the dominate color over the secondary color in the tail. The dorsal should match the same color and pattern in the tail. A Blue Green Bicolor must have a base color that must be blue/green/blue-green and the secondary color must be at least 25% of the tail color. Both colors must be distinct. No other third color that is more that 15% should be present or it would considered a multi-colored guppy.

A Galaxy type guppy. This fish would be entered in the Blue Green Bicolor class.

A Blue Green Bicolor showing the recessive genetic gold trait. This fish would be entered in the Blue Green BiColor class.

A Blue Metal Head type guppy. This guppy carries the Y-link traits for the Gun Metal head and snakeskin. This fish would be entered in the Blue Green Bicolor class

Green bicolor type. Genetic snakeskin and zebrinous male. The zebrinous bars have masked some of the snakeskin rossette pattern. Since there is less than 60% rossette body pattern this fish is entered in the Blue Green BiColor class.

A Green BiColor with the Y-linked Moscow trait. This fish would be entered in the Blue Green Bicolor class.

A Green Metal Head type guppy. This guppy carries the Y-link traits for the Gun Metal head and snakeskin. This fish would be entered in the Blue Green Bicolor class.

Bronze

The Bronze guppy is a guppy that is a genetic gold with more than 25% ” gold color” on the body with scales outlined in black. Most Bronze guppies on the show bench have either Red BiColor or Green BiColor tails. As per IFGA standards a Gold guppy must have at least 25% of the body showing the color of real gold metal on the body. The addition of the recessive bronze trait that edge the scales in black makes it eligible in the Bronze class.

This Bronze guppy show the dark scale outline against a dark gold body. The 25% or more “gold color” is located in the peduncle area

Females

The female show guppies often show bright fin colors and large finnage. Female must show a gravid spot to qualify for competition in an IFGA female class.

A pastel guppy that would be entered in the AOC Female class.

This fish would entered in the Red Female class.

This fish has a gold body with dark edge scales and would be entered in the Bronze Female class.

This fish with good half black body would entered in the Half Black Female class.

Green

The Green guppy is much sought after color strain. A true green guppy that is show quality is difficult to develop . Most Green guppies on the show bench are green mixed with blue iridescence and can be disqualified due to type of light and the angle of the light that may turn it blue or green or purple. Female of green strains show green highlights in their fins.

This tank entry was entered in the Green tank class at the 2008 IFGA Annual. 1st Green Tank

This fish would entered in the Green class.

This fish carries the Y-link Moscow trait and would be entered in the Green class.

A young genetic gold green. This fish would be entered in the Green class.

This tank entry was entered in the Green tank class at the 2009 IFGA Annual. Best of Show.

This would be entered in the Green class.

This fish carries the Y-link Moscow trait and would be entered in the Green clas

This would be entered in the Green class.

This fish carries the Y-link Moscow trait and would be entered in the Green class.

A green with half colored green body. The half color trait in this strain is dominate Y-linked. This fish would be entered in the Green class.

Half Black AOC

The Half Black AOC guppy is any half black body guppy that can not be entered the black class or any other half black color class.

Half black blue bicolor. This fish was entered in the Half Black AOC class. 2009 IFGA annual

Half black pastel white bicolor. This fish will be entered in the Half Black AOC class.

Half black AOC. This fish was entered in the Half Black AOC class. 2009 IFGA annual.

Half black with a butterfly pattern. This fish was entered in the Half Black AOC class. Stan Shubel said that this fish came out of his Half Black Red line. Shown at the 2009 IFGA Annual.

Half black pastel green bicolor. This fish will be entered in the Half Black AOC class.

Unusual colored half black AOC.

Half Black Blue

The Half Black Blue guppy is a blue guppy with the half black body trait.

A Half Black guppy with light blue finnage. This guppy would entered in the Half Black Blue class.

A Half Black guppy with medium blue finnage. This guppy would be entered in the Half Black Blue class.

A Half Black Blue tank entry at the 2009 IFGA annual. 1st place HB Blue tank.

A genetic Half Black guppy with light blue finnage. This is a F1 cross with a blue male to HB Neon female. This guppy could be entered in the Half Black Blue class but has poor half black body color. It maybe disqualified in the IFGA due to the body color.

A Half Black guppy with royal blue finnage. This guppy would entered in the Half Black Blue class.

Half Black Green

The Half Black Green guppy is a Green guppy with the Half Black body trait. A difficult strain to maintain a dark half black body with good green color finnage.

A light Half Black Green male. This fish would be entered in the Half Black Green Class.

An entry of match Males. These fish would be entered in the Half Black Green Tank Class.

This fish would be entered in the Half Black Green Class.

Half Black Pastel

The Half Black Pastel has the half black body with any pastel solid colored tail except for yellow. Most fish on the show bench are white pastel colored fish. The types of food fed to the Half Black White Pastel guppy can effect the pure white color of the tail.

This fish would be entered in the Half Black Pastel class.

This fish would be entered in the Half Black Pastel class.

Half Black Purple

The Half Black Purple is a purple guppy with the half black body trait.

This fish carries the half black body X-linked trait. This fish would entered into the Half Black Purple class.

This fish carries the half black body Y-linked trait. This fish would entered into the Half Black Purple class.

Half Black Red

The Half Black Red guppy is a Red guppy with the half black trait. Some are genetically gold to have a cleaner red tail, but this degrades the desired dark half black body. This type of guppy is difficult to have the desired 1 to1 proportion body to tail length.

This fish would entered the Half Black Red class.

Half Black Red tank entry at the 2009 IFGA annual.

This fish would entered the Half Black Red class. Impressive dorsal on this fish.

Half Black Yellow

The Half Black Yellow is a striking looking fish with it’s bright yellow tail and contrasting half black body. Difficult line to maintain.

This fish would be entered in the Half Black Yellow class.

This fish would be entered in the Half Black Yellow class.

This fish would be entered in the Half Black Yellow class.

Half Black Yellow tank entry at the 2009 IFGA annual.

Multi

The Multicolor guppy ideally has 3 or more distinct colors that are equally distributed in the tail. Each color must have 15% or more of the tail area to be considered a tail color. The dorsal should match the color and pattern of the tail.

This fish would entered in the Multi class.

This fish would be entered in the Multi class. This is a result from crossing Maisel line to a green female. F2 generation

This fish would be entered in the Multi class.

This fish would entered in the Multi class.

This fish would entered in the Multi class.

This fish would entered in the Multi class.

This fish would entered in the Multi class. Notice the reticulate pattern in the front part of the body and the strong lace pattern in the tail.

This fish would entered in the Multi class. This guppy carries the Y-link traits for the Gun Metal head and snakeskin.

Purple

The Purple guppy has solid purple in the tail and dorsal.

This fish would be entered in the Purple class.

Purple males that have the Moscow trait.

This fish would be entered in the Purple class.

Two matching purple males. They would be entered in the Purple Tank class.

Red

The Red guppy comes in many body color types such as gray, gold, and albino. Gold and albino body types are the most popular since the black melanin is minimized or eliminated to create a cleaner red color. The quality of the color depends on the combination of the basic red with a background of blue, lavender, and yellow background colors. The colors on the show bench range from orange to deep maroon. Reds generally have large bodies and slow developing fin growth.

Genetic albino Red. Red Albino class type.

Genetic gold Red. Red class type.

Genetic gold Red. Red class type.

Genetic gold Red. Red class type.

Red BiColor

The Red Bicolor guppy must have a base color of Red and the secondary color must be at least 25% of the tail color. Both colors must be distinct. No other third color that is more that 15% should be present or it would considered a multi-colored guppy. The dorsal should match the same color and pattern in the tail.

This guppy carries the snake body pattern trait. Less than 60% of the body has the snake pattern so it would entered in the Red Bicolor class.

This guppy has red as the dominant color with purple as the secondary color. This guppy would be entered in the Red Bicolor class.

This guppy has red as the dominant color with blue as the secondary color and carries the Moscow trait. This guppy would be entered in the Red Bicolor class.

Round Tail

The Round tail guppy has existed as one of the first guppy tail types to come from the wild type guppy. This type of fish was accepted into the IFGA as a class in 2005, but has been removed from the available classes in 2007.

This guppy would be entered into the RoundTail class.

Snakeskin

The pictures shown here are guppies that carry the snakeskin genetic trait that shows a rosette pattern on the body. The snakeskin trait is generally dominant and Y-linked. Some strains are X-linked. Many strains also carry the dominant zebrinous trait (not sex linked) causing vertical bars on the peduncle area. This can mask enough of the snakeskin rosette pattern to make it less than the 60% rosette pattern required to qualify for the Snakeskin class.

Solid blue tail snakeskin. This would be entered in the Solid Snake class. Notice the matching dorsal and tail color which is rare.

Green bicolor type. Genetic snakeskin and zebrinous male. The zebrinous bars have masked some of the snakeskin rosette pattern. Since there is less than 60% rosette body pattern this fish is entered in the Blue Green BiColor class.

Variegated Snakeskin type.

Yellow bicolor type. Genetic snakeskin and zebrinous male . The zebrinous bars have masked some of the snakeskin rosette pattern. Since there is less than 60% rosette body pattern this fish is entered in the AOC BiColor class.

Swordtail

The Swordtail come in single or double sword tail. Ideally only the sword portion of the tail should be colored with 5 to 1 proportioned dorsal. Swordtails are long lived compared to Delta tailed guppies.

This bottom swordtail would be entered in the Single Swordtail class.

This bottom swordtail would be entered in the Single Swordtail class.

This bottom swordtail would be entered in the Single Swordtail class.

This double swordtail would be entered in the Double Swordtail class.

Yellow

The Yellow guppy is a striking fish to see on the show bench. Difficult to maintain the intense yellow color and finnage. Generally a medium size fish. Most Yellows on the show bench are genetically gold

Genetically gold with gun metal head traits. This fish would be entered the Yellow class.

Genetically gold with gun metal head traits. This fish would be entered the Yellow class.

Special thanks to Bryan Chin and the Rocky Mountain Guppy Association for these photos.