How Many Guppies In A 10 Gallon Tank Can You Fit?

Guppies are so adorable that you just want to get almost all guppies you see at a pet store. However, how many can you really fit safely in a typical tank?

Guppies, which are also known as million fishes and rainbow fishes, are popular freshwater aquarium fishes because they are low-maintenance. Many fish hobbyists surely have had, currently have, or plan to have guppies in their respective aquariums.​

However, given a guppy’s small size, it is often a question, “how many guppies in a 10 gallon tank can I fit?” Before buying too many guppies, let us first find out how many of them can really fit and live comfortably in your aquarium. Of course, you would not want them to be overcrowded nor too lonely without much company.

How Many Guppies In A 10 Gallon Tank

Let us start finding out the answer to the question, "how many guppies in a 10 gallon tank can we fit?"

1. Size Matters

how many guppies in a 10 gallon tank

Male guppies are usually 0.60” to 1.40” long while their female counterparts are usually longer, measuring between 1.20” and 2.40”.

A 10 gallon tank can provide a comfortable dwelling for a specie measuring 10 inches in length.​

2. Gender Matters

So, how many guppies in a 10 gallon tank can you fit then? If you are buying an all-male group of guppies with an average length of an inch, you can fit 10 of them in a 10 gallon tank. If you want an all-female group of guppies with an average length of 2”, you can only fit five of them in a tank of the same size.

But… how many guppies in a 10 gallon tank can you fit if you want to mix male and female guppies? Let us do the math together:

When combining male and female guppies in a tank, a ratio of 1:2 is highly recommended. Why? Male guppies have a more vibrant color than female guppies. They use this to their advantage as they attract female guppies to mate. This could be annoying and troublesome for female guppies, which is why it would be helpful to have a male guppy dividing his attention between two female guppies.

On average, this gives us a ratio of 1:4 in terms of length. Consequently, a set of male-and-female guppies measures 5” in length combined. If this is the case, and a 10 gallon tank can comfortably accommodate species measuring 10” long altogether, then you can fit two male guppies and four female guppies in it.

how many guppies in a 10 gallon tank

Of course, these figures are just rough estimates. The sizes of guppies vary. The important thing you need to keep in mind is that a 10 gallon tank can fit species measuring as much as 10” in length combined. You would not want to exceed this number as it would mean compromising the comfort and safety of your pets.

What If They Mate and Reproduce?

Mating and reproduction is a possibility when you combine male and female guppies in your aquarium. In fact, is this not your primary goal from the very moment you thought of combining them in a single tank?

If and when this happens, you have the following options:

1. Sell the newborn guppies

Of course, you cannot keep the newborn guppies in your aquarium that can only fit their parents. This will result to an awful environment for the fishes.

The best way to deal with this is to sell the newborn guppies to fellow hobbyists. However, before closing a deal, make sure that the buyer has a clean, safe, and spacious tank for the newborn guppies. It would also be better if he or she has basic knowledge about taking care of fishes.

how many guppies in a 10 gallon tank

2. Buy a new aquarium

If it is your goal to further the lineage of your existing guppies, then you can buy a new aquarium instead. You might need one or two more tanks. This will allow you to separate male and female guppies, should you desire to do so in the future to avoid mating.

Transfer the newborn guppies or the old guppies in a new tank. You can always buy a larger tank. The only downside of having too many guppies and tanks is the higher maintenance requirements. It is a commitment that you need to prepare yourself for.

Maintenance Requirements

Since we have already discussed how many guppies in a 10 gallon tank we can fit and mentioned maintenance, let us have a glimpse of what it is like to take care of guppies.

Truthfully, we like fishes in general because they do not really require that much attention compared to other pets. Here are a few reminders:

  • Keep the temperature of every aquarium between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Accordingly, an environment with a temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal as it efficiently boosts the metabolism of fishes.
  • Feed your guppies regularly with a balanced diet. Brine shrimp, daphnia, and guppy flakes are some food items they will surely enjoy. Younger guppies need to eat more to sustain their growth; so, it is highly recommended to feed them at least four times a day. When they grow older, feeding them at least once a day will do.
  • When your tank filter begins turning brown in color, it is a sign that you need to replace it.
how many guppies in a 10 gallon tank

The responsibilities only become greater as the number of our guppies increases. When deciding on the number of guppies you will keep, make sure that you will be able to meet their needs at all times. There is no point in keeping too many fishes in several aquariums when you cannot take care of them properly.


To summarize our answer to the question, “how many guppies in a 10 gallon tank can I fit?” here is a quick recap:

If you are buying all-male guppies, you can fit about 10 of them. If you are buying all-female guppies, you can fit about five of them. If you are combining them, you can fit two male guppies and four female guppies. It all depends on the size of the guppies you will get, but these are good estimates.

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