Endler Guppy also goes by the name Endler’s livebearer or Endler is a small fish species that is native to Venezuela.
They are usually hybridized with Guppies and are very colorful.
In pet-shops, you can easily ask for Endler guppy, and you will be able to find it very easily.
The following are a few of the main points you should know if you are keen on having Endler guppies in your tank.
Table Of Content
- 1 Who is this Endler guppy? (Endler’s livebearer)
- 2 How to maintain a tank with Endler guppy?
- 3 Who are the best tank mates?
- 4 What healthy food can you provide your Endler’s guppies?
- 5 Possible diseases that can affect Endler guppy
- 6 What should you know about Endler’s livebearer’s breeding?
Who is this Endler guppy? (Endler’s livebearer)
They got their name after John Endler found them in Venezuela. They belong to the family of Poecilia Wingei.
This species of fish is suitable for a decorative tank because they are cheap and quite beautiful.
A normal male Endler’s guppy is about 1 inch, and a female is about 1.8 inches.
Their lifespan is about 2-3 years.
Tank requirements and maintenance are very similar to guppy tanks. Endler’s guppies adjust very well to changes in temperature.
You can breed them in Nano tanks as well. They adapt very well to the changes in the PH level.
Usually, Endler guppy is a strong fish. It is good to have a group of the same species in one tank. They do not work well with heavily flowing water.
How to maintain a tank with Endler guppy?
There is no difference in the life cycle of Endler’s livebearer and other species.
If you can have only Endler guppies, it is the best.
Since they are s very small species of fish, it is not so advisable to keep them with other species of fish.
If you want to have a continuous Endler guppy generation, you should not keep them with other species of fish because they will mate with guppies and bring up a hybrid species.
As far as I have seen, people who have Endler’s guppies have a lot of hybrid fish.
Female fish are quite smaller in size, compared to male fish. Therefore, only three females for a tank of 10 males would be sufficient.
A planted tank is most suitable for them because it gives a lot of space for them to hide. When it comes to breeding, it is essential that they have space to hide their eggs. By doing this, you can have faster breeding of fish.
Maintain a tank that can contain at least 5 to 6 gallons.
What kind of filters should you use for Endler guppy?
Endler’s livebearer loves to stay in fresh and clean water. Therefore, it is utterly vital to pay attention to the kind of filter you are planning to use.
Filters with very high pressure are not very apt for Endler’s guppies.
The most ideal filter to use in a tank where Endler’s guppies are is a hang-on-back filter.
I personally use only a sponge filter because I believe it serves the purposes sufficiently. You can also supply air via an air pump inside the tank.
Important tip: If you are choosing a filter to fit inside the tank, you should be very careful. Endler’s guppies are very small in size. They can get stuck inside the filter. I have personally witnessed such unfortunate incidents.
Who are the best tank mates?
You can put small, active, peaceful fish with them in the tank.
Some of the best tank mates are,
- Tiger Barb
- Serpae Tetra
- Sword Tail
What healthy food can you provide your Endler’s guppies?
Endler’s livebearer is very easy to feed. They are omnivorous.
Moreover, they tend to take in whatever food you give that fits in their mouths. Of course, they like to eat algae, pulp, and small parasites that form in the tank.
You can provide them with pellet food and flake food. Keep in your mind not to give them meaty food frequently.
You can give them small pieces of cucumber and watermelon every once in a while.
When it comes to living food, they love to eat bloodworms and mosquito larva. You can use the same food that you give your guppies on Endler’s livebearer.
Important tip: Feed your Endler’s livebearers only twice a day. Give them food that they can finish within two minutes. This helps to keep your tank clean and boost your fish’s health.
Extra tip: If you would like to know more about their feeding, read my article on Guppy food.
Possible diseases that can affect Endler guppy
Usually, Endler’s livebearer is healthy, as their relative guppies. But there are specific ailments that can affect them. Some of them are:
- White spots
- Swim Bladder
- Fir rot
What should you know about Endler’s livebearer’s breeding?
They breed quite similar to their guppy relatives.
You can expect new fish once every four weeks. For about ten female fish, using about three male fish is more than enough.
Fish who reach adulthood continuously breed.
Small male fish grow faster than female fish. Between 8 and 10 weeks, and Endler’s livebearer reaches full adulthood.
How to identify male and female Endler’s guppies?
They look quite identical to guppies. Female Endler’s livebearers are bigger in size and are less colorful. They have a smaller tail. Male fish are small in size, very brightly colored, and have a long, beautiful tail.
Endler’s livebearer is one of the most colorful species of fish.
Breeding and maintaining Endler’s livebearer fish is not a hard task. In fact, compared to all the other fish tanks, a tank of Endler’s guppies is relatively easier to maintain.
Since they eat almost anything, you do not have to worry a lot about their food as well.
With a little money spent, you can enjoy a tank full of these colorful pets and maintain them easily.
If you adhere to the main tank requirements and supply their food on time, there is not much that you have to worry about. Since they breed fast, you can double the amount of fish in no time.
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