Poecilia wingei (couple). Photo Credit:
Name: Poecilia wingei
Origin: Laguna de Los Patos, Venezuela
Endlers Livebearer is a very close relative to the guppy. There is still much debate over whether it is actually a variant of a guppy, or a new species. This is a very attractive and colourful fish. It usually contains bright orange and green, yellow or black markings. I feed my endlers regular flake food. I have kept a small group of endlers in a planted 40 L tank, and they breed like guppies. Well, their care is the same as that of a guppy too. Be careful not to keep them with guppies, or they may hybridize, and degenerate each species. This is to be avoided at all costs. Endlers are usually not seen in pet stores, I don't know why, but I bought mine at a fish show/auction. Endlers are hardy little fish, rarer than most fish, and very colourful. I would recommend them to anyone.
Endler's livebearers are active, hardy little fish. Rare in aquarium stores, and pure strains are best bought online or through known breeders/hobbyists. Armando Pou is probably the most well known collector of Endler's, so if you can reliably trace them back to him it should ensure pure Endler's. They will interbreed with guppies and the guppy/endler offspring ARE fertile, so it is crucial to keep them apart if you want to keep the Endler's pure. Males are available in many phenotypes, from red chest to peacock to snakeskin. Some are linebred and will produce offspring true to the parents colors. Wild Endler's livebearers can throw all different colors. Females are silvery to brownish gray, almost exactly like wild female guppies. Breeding is much like with guppies except that endlers tend to not eat their fry. Endler's livebearers are a freshwater fish and thrive in warmer temperatures, around 27°C. They will eat anything you put in the tank with greed.
I just can't say enough good things about this lovely little fish. The males are just about the most colorful fish in freshwater. Neons may be striking, but Endler's have several additional colors to show off. The orange, green, and black are particularly vibrant, but the periwinkle and red that pop up in some fish are also lovely. The larger females are perhaps drab in comparison, but cute in their own way, and they do after all bear the lovely males! One VERY important point about keeping this fish is that it can hybridize with guppies. Given that Endler's are likely extinct in the wild, it's very important to maintain pure strains in aquaria. Please, please don't keep Endler's with guppies! You'll do the world a favor by keeping them separate; hopefully this species will be around in all its glory for decades to come.
They are very active fish that breed almost all the time, having up to 5-20 babies at one time. I only started with five and I have about 300 now, so I just give them away to my family and friends. They are very hardy fish and can be predatory on their young.
These are marvelous fish, not only in colour but in character as well. Breeding is quite simple...1 male to 2 females is an ideal ratio. Then just add water and they will breed, and breed, and breed. Gestation is a few days shorter than guppies. The fry are actually too large for the adults to eat them. So almost all of the drop will surivive. However, for their security, floating weeds are ideal. Naja and nitella are my favorites. Naja contains many mircro organisms that will feed the fry. Grindal worms for the adults, baby brine shrimp for the fry, or the yolk of a hardboiled egg in a water solution are ideal fry food high in protein. They make an attractive addition to a 20 liter tank that is relatively well planted.
These guys are very active and peaceful. I have 3 in a 110 L community tank, and they are great with their tank mates (cory cats, glass cats, neon tetras, ghost tetras, a GAE, and ADF). The pH runs at about 7, temps being 25-26°C most of the time (although, when I did a water change, the temp dropped to 22°C and these guys were still doing great, as if nothing happened). Very amusing to watch, too. All of mine are males, but I hear they are very prolific breeders, like guppies, so if you have a couple, be prepared for babies.