12 Beautiful Guppy Types For Your Aquarium! (Beginner-Friendly Fish)

Guppies are more popular than ever, and many people frequently ask for advice on which specific types to keep.

There are many fancy guppy strains but I wanted to publish an article highlighting some of my favorite ones that I have personally kept.

Blue Cobra Guppy

Blue Cobra Guppy
Blue Cobra Guppy

Blue cobra guppies are stunning fish that thrive in various tank setups.

True to their name, they feature a cobra-like pattern on their bodies and tails, accented with striking blue undertones that stand out in most planted tanks.

The intensity of their blue coloring can vary by strain, ranging from pale blue to deep navy.

Even the lower-grade blue cobra guppies are impressive, though they can be hard to find locally, often necessitating online orders.

Unlike some other fancy guppy strains, blue cobra guppies are generally hardy, making them an excellent choice for beginners in the hobby.

Black Cobra Guppy

A Blue Cobra Guppy In My Tank
A Blue Cobra Guppy In My Tank

Pros

  • Beautiful Color And Pattern
  • Hardy For A Fancy Guppy

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can Be Hard To Find

Black cobra guppies are stunning fish with vibrant colors and distinctive cobra patterns that instantly draw attention.

I love cobra and snakeskin guppies, and with various color strains available, you can mix and match to your preference.

This particular strain of guppies exhibits variations of black, blue, and purple.

The snakeskin pattern typically extends across most of their body, and depending on the color hues, the cobra pattern may also be visible in the tail.

Despite being a variation of the popular cobra line, black cobra guppies are known to be one of the healthier types of cobra guppies to keep.

A Black Cobra Guppy In My Aquarium

Snow White Guppy

Snow White Guppy
Snow White Guppy

Pros

  • Unique Color
  • Flawed Ones Are Cheap

Cons

  • Potential Health Problems
  • Commonly Have Color Flaws

Snow white guppies are highly sought after in the guppy-keeping community for their striking all-white appearance, which sets them apart from many other popular strains.

Unlike albino guppies, snow whites have regular eyes and have been selectively bred to achieve a pure white pigment covering their entire body.

A true snow white guppy will feature an all-white body, tail, and fins. However, pet store chains often sell flawed snow white guppies at a lower price, which may have other colors on parts of their body.

The defining characteristic of this strain is its pure white color, without any patterns. Depending on your location, some lines of snow white guppies may have genetic issues, leading to a higher likelihood of health problems. Generally, however, they are considered to be a healthy fish.

A Snow White Guppy In My Aquarium

Red Cobra Guppy

A Red Cobra Guppy In My Tank
A Red Cobra Guppy In My Tank

Pros

  • Beautiful Color And Pattern
  • Cheap For A Cobra Guppy

Cons

  • Potential Health Problems
  • Another Red Guppy Strain

The red cobra guppy looks amazing and features red, cream, and black hues while maintaining the distinctive cobra pattern.

While some people may not favor red cobra guppies due to the abundance of red guppy strains available, I love them. The specific hue of red in red cobra guppies can vary from dark orange to deep red, offering a range of visual appeal.

The cobra pattern should be visible on the body and tail of the fish with as much red color and cobra pattern as possible.

Like many popular guppy strains, red cobra guppies can have health issues due to inbreeding. To ensure the health and quality of your fish, always source them from a reputable supplier.

A Red Cobra Guppy In My Aquarium

Bumble Bee Guppy

A Bumble Bee Guppy In My Tank
A Bumble Bee Guppy In My Tank

Pros

  • Healthy For A Fancy Guppy
  • Color Variations

Cons

  • Lots Of Low Grades
  • High Grade Can Be Expensive

High-grade bumble bee guppies are stunning fish that can thrive in various tank setups.

The main issue with bumble bee guppies is the prevalence of low-grade fish, which often deters people from this guppy strain.

Bumble bee guppies exhibit some color variation, with the rear of the fish typically being pale—often yellow, cream, or white—and the front being colored, often green or iridescent.

A high-grade bumble bee guppy usually displays a sharp contrast between the front and rear of its body, whereas low-grade guppies may have a more uniform hue.

The tails and fins of these fish can match either the pale or colored part of the body and still be classed as bumble bees.

Bumble bee guppies are generally one of the healthier fancy guppy strains.

A Bumble Bee Guppy In My Aquarium

Yellow Cobra Guppy

Yellow Cobra Guppy
Yellow Cobra Guppy

Pros

  • Cheap And Easy To Find
  • Beautiful Color And Pattern

Cons

  • Can Has Health Problems
  • Often Has Flawed Colors

Yellow cobra guppies are likely the most common cobra guppy variant in the hobby today and are one of the more affordable fancy guppy strains.

As with all cobra guppy variants, the yellow cobra guppy features a striking pattern, though its colors can sometimes be inconsistent.

As the name implies, yellow cobra guppies should primarily be yellow, with various colors forming the cobra pattern.

The lighter coloration of yellow cobra guppies often makes the cobra pattern more visible on their fins and tail.

A Yellow Cobra Guppy In My Aquarium

Blonde Guppy

A Blonde Guppy In My Tank
A Blonde Guppy In My Tank

Pros

  • Colorful Fish
  • Cheap For A Fancy Guppy

Cons

  • Lots Of Low-Grade Versions
  • Cobra Blondes Are Expensive

Blonde guppies began as a unique guppy strain but over time, they’ve been developed into various sub-strains.

The most common type in the hobby is the regular blonde guppy, as shown in the photograph at the beginning of this section.

Another popular variant is the sunset or flame blonde guppy, which I will cover later in the article.

The red-blonde guppy is common in some areas and features more red hues than the regular blonde.

The blonde cobra guppy is one of the newer variants but it usually has a high price tag as breeding lines are currently unstable.

Regular blonde guppies usually have a pale body with colors ranging from white to yellow, orange, and sometimes red.

With so many breeding lines available today, the chances of acquiring a healthy blonde guppy are high.

A Blonde Guppy In My Aquarium

Koi Guppy

A Koi Guppy In My Tank
A Koi Guppy In My Tank

Pros

  • Hardy For A Fancy Guppy
  • Cheap And Easy To Find

Cons

  • Cobra Variants Are Expensive
  • Limited Color Options

Koi guppies are a popular guppy type known for their striking white and orange patches, reminiscent of koi fish.

Typically, koi guppies display white and orange coloring, though some may also feature red, brown, or yellow patches and still be classified as koi guppies.

A notable variant is the koi cobra guppy, which combines the traditional koi pattern with cobra markings across its body. This variant tends to be more expensive, especially if the cobra markings are prominent on the white patches.

Koi cobra guppies are usually healthy and hardy fish, making them an excellent choice for beginners.

A Koi Guppy In My Aquarium

Flame Guppy

A Flame Guppy In My Tank
A Flame Guppy In My Tank

Pros

  • Colorful Fish
  • Cheap And Easy To Find

Cons

  • Lots Of Low Grade Fish
  • Can Have Health Problems

Flame guppies are a popular and cheap fancy guppy strain, widely favored in the fish-keeping hobby.

Higher-grade flame guppies are a variant of the blonde guppy, featuring vibrant colors and distinct flame-like tails with contrasting shades of yellow, orange, or red.

Flame guppies display various colors, including white, yellow, orange, brown, and red.

They can have health problems, so obtaining them from a reliable source can help ensure healthier fish.

King Cobra Guppy

A King Cobra Guppy In Its Tank
A King Cobra Guppy In Its Tank

Pros

  • Beautiful Fish
  • Longer Fin Length

Cons

  • Difficult To Find
  • Can Be Expensive

True king cobra guppies are stunning fish that can take any aquarium setup to the next level but they are rare and often hard to find and expensive.

It’s important to note that definitions of a king cobra guppy can vary by region, so always check your local classifications.

A true king cobra guppy is typically black and gold but may have small amounts of other colors. The fins and tail are often longer than those of regular guppies, but this feature is not essential for classification as a true king cobra.

Despite the limited color and pattern variation, true king cobra guppies are eye-catching and beautiful, making them stand out in any aquarium.

This strain is relatively new and still under development, which makes them difficult to find and often expensive when available.

Green Cobra Guppy

A Green Cobra Guppy In My Tank
A Green Cobra Guppy In My Tank

Pros

  • Beautiful Fish
  • Hardy For A Fancy Guppy

Cons

  • Difficult To Find
  • High Grade Can Be Expensive

Green cobra guppies are one of the more difficult cobra guppy variants to find but they are a beautiful fish that catch the eye.

The problem is, it can be difficult to find green cobra guppies, especially high-grade ones that are not just dingy, low-grade, yellow cobra mutts.

Although this cobra variant is named green cobra, they have several colors on them helping them stand out in your aquarium.

Out of all of the cobra variants, the green cobra probably has the most color variation in the hobby, and a full tank of green cobras can have a wide range of color hues.

Green cobra guppies have the standard cobra pattern on their body but their pale color usually makes it easy to see the cobra pattern on the tail of the fish.

Unlike many other types of cobra guppy, the green cobra variant is usually healthy and free from genetic problems making it a great fish to add to your aquarium.

A Green Cobra Guppy In My Aquarium

Mutt Guppies

A Mutt Guppy In My Aquarium
A Mutt Guppy In My Aquarium

Pros

  • Cheap And Easy To Find
  • Wide Range Of Colors

Cons

  • Some Have Health Problems
  • Usually Strain Rejects

Mutt guppies are an underrated fish, ideal for beginners or those on a budget.

While mutt guppies are typically rejected from other strains due to minor flaws in color or pattern, they can be surprisingly hardy.

However, it’s important to note that mutt guppies from big box stores can have health problems since they are often sold in bulk from commercial farms, making them less reliable.

On the other hand, mutt guppies from local breeders are usually cheap, healthy, and free from genetic issues, while still having a lot of color.

Given that mutt guppies are essentially the rejects from popular strains, they offer a wide variety of colors and patterns. You might even find fish similar to the more expensive strains featured in this article, but with slight color defects, at a fraction of the price.

A Mutt Guppy In My Aquarium