As a beginner, you will make mistakes while setting up a guppy pond at home, Even I also made so many mistakes as a beginner. Don’t worry. You are at the right place for setting up a guppy pond in your home. 

After reading this complete step-by-step guide, You can build a guppy pond in your home successfully.

 In this Article, You can get a step-by-step guide to setting up a guppy pond, Maintaining the guppy pond, and things that need to consider after setting up a guppy pond.

So follow till the end and make a beautiful guppy pond in your home.

What are the materials needed for Setting up a guppy pond?

The materials needed to set up a guppy tank are below. Many people are using this material for creating a beautiful ponds in their homes. So I’ll Recommend only valuable materials and equipment for my reader.

Air pump

Aquascape 75000 Pond Air 2 (Double Outlet Aeration Kit) was the best air pump for the pond. It can effectively oxygenate the pond.

 An air pump is important for every fish tank because oxygenating pond will enhance the growth of fish and reduce stress.

That’s why I recommend buying aquascape 75000 Pond Air 2.


Daily cleaning tank was not possible, so you need a filter for doing the cleaning job.

Like air pumps, Filters were also important for the pond to clean the water. The freshwater will enhance the growth of guppies.

So you can use a filter for cleaning the water. I recommend buying TotalPond Complete Pond Filter

Feeds For Guppies

Feeding is an important part of every fish. guppies need food for healthy growth so you need to provide high-protein feed to fish.

Brine shrimp, frozen bloodworms, tubifex worms, and mosquito larvae Are the best for guppies. You can also feed some vegetables like cucumber, cabbage, etc.

Heater (According to Location)

Like an air pump, Heater was important for fish( According to the location). 

The heater is used for maintaining the water temperature in the pond. The recommended water temperature for guppies is 72-82 °F (22-28 °C).

You can use TetraPond De-Icer, Winter Survival Solution For Fish.


Gravel is used for hiding waste at the bottom. They will help to produce good bacteria for guppies. So they can survive while eating the bacteria. Gravels are not important for ponds, But for making the pond beautiful, you can use them.

You can buy OUPENG Pebbles Polished Gravel according to the size of the tank.

Live plants

Live plants are important for aquariums and ponds. They will convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Guppies like live plants because they will be eating their leaves and small roots.

You can buy the live plants from the near store.

How deep should the guppy pond be

Guppies’ ponds need to be one foot deep otherwise they will be frozen easily. To prevent guppies, you can build the tank one foot or two feet deeper. Otherwise, they will be stressed due to the small tank with a lot of fish.

The Deeper tank will prevent the guppies when they are attacked by birds. So you need to cover the tank using 

Can guppies survive in cold water?

Guppies can survive in cold water but there will be some problems that you may face if the water becomes frozen.

The fish will be dead if the water becomes frozen and the oxygen level in the water will be decreased.

So the guppies feel the struggle to breathe in the freezing water. Be careful while putting fishes in outside without a heater.

How To Setup A Guppy Pond

Setting a guppy pond was very easy. Without any help from experts, you can set up a guppy pond in your home.

So let’s start with a step-by-step guide for setting up a guppy pond. We have already bought the materials required.

 Step 1: Building a Guppy Pond

For constructing of guppy pond, you can use a big drum-like bathtub for a guppy pond otherwise construct the guppy pond using cement and sand according to the required size. 

The pond needs to be one foot deeper because the fish required a lot of space for swimming. The deeper pond will protect fish from animal and bird attacks.

After the construction of the guppy pond, you need to fill the water and put some dry leaves into the tank for removing unwanted chemicals or a mixture of cement.

After 4 days, you can release the water from the tank.

 Step 2: Installing Air Pump, Filter, and Heater

In this step, you can install the air pump, filter, and heater in the tank. 

Air Pump

Air pumps are used for oxygenating the tank for reducing the stress on the fish.

You can easily install the air pump in the pond by reading the instruction manual provided in the air pump set. Air pumps will supply supplement aeration and promote gas exchange inside the pond. 


A filter was used for cleaning the water. Without the filter, the water will become dirty fastly. So a filter is an important piece of equipment.

The installation of the filter was simple, You can read the user manual and install the filter. I have read the manual and installed it successfully. 


The heater was important for cold locations, the fish can survive some cold, and if the water started to freeze then guppies will struggle for breathing oxygen. So a heater is important for every fish indoors as well as outdoors. 

Step 3: Adding Live Plants

In this step, you need to plant the live plants in your pond. Use some clay and sand for planting them. 

  1. Java Moss. Growth Rate: Fast
  2. Flame Moss
  3. Christmas Moss – Vesicularia Montagnei
  4. Anacharis Elodea Densa.
  5. Water Sprite (Ceratopteris Thalictroides) 
  6. Water Wisteria.
  7. Java Fern 

These are the best live plants for guppies. Live plants will encourage the growth of guppies and enhance colors. Not only that, Live plants will provide oxygenation into the tank using a gas exchange.

Step 4:Adding Gravel

In step 4: You need to add gravel into the tank. Gravel is not important for ponds but it will help to produce eatable bacteria for guppies.

The gravel in the pond will be looking awesome, So you can check the waste inside the pond easily.

Step 5: Adding water

Now it’s time to add water to the pond.

After setting all 4 steps, you can add water. Use fresh water to fill the pond and check the temperature that was suitable for guppies.

The recommended temperature for guppies is  72-82 °F (22-28 °C ). 

 If you fill the low-temperature water into a pond, use the heater to maintain the temperature.

Check the pH Level of water and maintain the recommended pH level for guppies.

The recommended pH Level is Water pH: 6.8-7.8.

Step 6: Adding Guppies

Now you can add the guppies into the tank. You need to release guppies into tanks slowly without harming them.

They will be stressed for a while due to traveling or packed in the cover. Try to make a good aquatic atmosphere in the tank and feed the well.

Step 7:Adding Cover for Protection

You need to add some covering to the pond for protection. Due to direct sunlight, the water may become very hot and the guppies may get stressed.

If the water temperature becomes high, you can use ice cubes in the tank. Don’t directly put the ice cubes into the tank.

Use a plastic bag to cover the ice cubes and ensure that the cover was not leaking cold water. After that, you can put them in a tank for maintaining the temperature.

Now you have made a successful guppy pond in your home without any help from experts. Now let’s look into the maintenance of the guppy pond.

How to Maintain The Guppy Pond

You can easily maintain the guppy pond. Here is a list of ways to maintain the guppy pond.

Water quality

Water quality was very important for every fish, You need to change the water once in every week. Don’t clean the pond, In every week you need to release 80% of the water from the pond and refill it with fresh water.

Fresh water will enhance the growth and color of guppies. So you need to change the water once every week.

Cleaning Waste

While changing the water, you can use the vacuum pump of releasing the water. Dip the vacuum pump deep, so the waste will be removed easily. 

The waste will increase the algae and ammonia spread in the pond, leading to major problems like swim bladder disorder.


Feeding is important for fish, You can feed the guppies 3 times a day. Don’t overfeed the fish because it can lead to ammonia and nitrate formation.

If you see the pellets floating on the water or the pond getting dirty faster. Then you need to lower the quality of feeds.

Live Plants

Trimming the live plants will help the fish swim. The Live plants will grow faster in ponds due to direct sunlight. 

So you need to trim the live plants once every week.

Final Words

In this guide post, I think you have gotten a good idea for setting up a guppy pond. It was very easy to set up a pond in your home. But you need to maintain the pond well otherwise the water will be dirty.

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