Can Guppies Eat Bread or Breadcrumbs?

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So, you are out of fish food and wondering whether you can feed bread or breadcrumbs to your guppy fish or not. Will guppies accept bread? Is it OK to feed breadcrumbs to guppy fry? Can guppy fish eat bread?

In this article, I will explain whether you should feed guppies bread or not. My short answer is:

Guppies can eat bread, but probably you should avoid feeding them. Bread contains many ingredients that should not be introduced in a guppy fish aquarium: corn syrup, artificial coloring and flavor, sugar, yeast, folic acid and much more.

If you want to keep your guppy fish healthy, I highly recommend feeding them commercial or home-made fish food.

What do Guppies Eat?

Guppies will eat anything that fits into their mouth. In the wild, guppies usually eat small insects, mosquito larva, brine shrimp, soft algae and anything else they can find in the water.

In aquariums, guppies are usually fed with commercial and sometimes with home-made food.

I keep guppies for a long time, and never tried to feed them bread. I tried out boiled chicken meat and fish, but did not tried out bred. Protein-based food, such as meat pollutes the water heavily. So I try to avoid this type of food.

What can you feed your guppies? There are many things that you can feed them, both commercial and home-made. In the following, I will discuss both.

Commercial Guppy Food

It is very convenient for most of us, to feed commercial food to our guppies.

A wide range of commercial foods are available on the market. If you choose commercial food to your guppy fish, always select the big brands.

Cheap fish food does not contain the nutrients and vitamins your guppies need. On top of that, it can pollute the water and cause an algae bloom.

You can buy flake food, veggie pallets, spirulina tablets, freeze-dried brine shrimp, freeze-dried blood worms or freeze-dried tubifex worms.

Do not feed only one type of food. Have at least 3 types of food and rotate between them.

For instance, you can flake foods, spirulina tablets and freeze-dried brine shrimp together, make a complex guppy diet.

Home-Made Guppy Food

If you are out of commercial fish food, or you just like to prepare fish food at home, you can opt for the following foods:

  • Blanched spinach leaves and lettuce
  • Boiled vegetables (zucchini, cucumber, broccoli, carrots, etc.)

I wrote a detailed article on the best guppy food, where you can learn more about how to prepare home-made guppy food.

If you have the time and space, you can cultivate live food at home. Guppies love brine shrimp, daphnia and vinegar eels. These are really easy to cultivate, however do require some space and have a bit of smell.

Live food is very beneficial for guppy fry, because increase growth rate and also helps in coloration.

Most guppy breeders feed only live food to their guppy fry.

Guppy Fry Food

Guppy fry will anything their parents eat. When feeding them, make sure you crush the food. Guppy fry have a very tiny mouth and are weak, so you need to feed them the right size of food.

Any powder food or homemade paste food will be great for the guppy fry.

As mentioned above, you can feed guppy fry live food, which might be the best option.

Just, please don’t feed them bead.

How Often to Feed Guppies?

Guppies are always hungry. It is their nature to grab on any food that falls into the water. In the wild, food is not as abundant like in a home aquarium; therefore guppies will eat every time you feed them.

But how often should you feed guppies?

I recommend feeding your guppies once or at most twice a day. Offer them a small amount of food. Give them as much food as much they can consume in less than one minute.

Guppies will not eat fish food, which falls to the bottom of the tank. Uneaten food will pollute the water and will result in poor water quality and diseases.

Avoid over-feeding your guppies!


Was this article helpful? Hope you could find the answer to your question and you learned something new from it.

So, will you feed bread to your guppies? I hope you will not.

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Updated: November 28, 2021
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