Friday Photospread – Guppy, on Fire

28 Jun, 2013

This guppy was burnin' down the house!

This Guppy was burnin’ down the house!

I routinely bring in some fancy Guppies from a show breeder who sells his fin and color culls; they’re exceptionally diverse fish, and being regionally produced, they do exceptionally well in our local water. But they’re absolutely not going to win shows.

In every batch, there are a few fish that stand out, but this one took the cake. There was something about the patterning on the tail, combining with the actual shape of the tail, that really made this fish look like it was going down in flames!

Danger lurks in the shadows....

Danger lurks in the shadows….

While I’ve played with producing Guppies and Endlers in my fishroom this year, I’ve found I’m unwilling to devote the tankspace I really need. So while this fish might have been the start of some wild and crazy project to pursue, in the end I just made sure he’d get a good long life, so he became a gift to a friend who’d recently changed her 200-gallon reef aquarium into a guppy tank. Yes, you read that right.  I couldn’t think of a better home.


Won’t win any shows, but won my heart.

As you can see, capturing the look of this fish was incredibly complex. I shoot with a handheld flash, which means that I get to play with lighting angles on the fly.  No two photos ever turn out the same however.  Here’s a few more of my favorite remembrances of my time with this randomly spectacular fish.


Flametail makes me think of Aulonocara stuartgranti “Ngara”….


I never did remember to ask what strain this fish came out of…

One man’s cull = another man’s treasure. After all these years, a Guppy can still grab me.

 All images by Matt Pedersen

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Matt Pedersen
Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.


  1. July 12, 2013

    What an amazing looking fish!

  2. July 13, 2013

    Not a guppy fan but that is a beautiful fish.

  3. July 16, 2013

    The guppy was one of my first fish as a youngster in my freshwater aquarium and I have loved them ever sense. They may not be as flashy or stately as some fish but these guppies were exactly the reason so many love the guppy. Even if not show quality, they are just pretty, hardy fish.

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