The Endler’s Livebearer is a very popular fish amongst many aquarists although its availability is sometimes limited in shops, leading to a large specialist breeders market. Endlers are very closely related to the guppy, and their appearance is very similar to that of the wild guppy, with males being small (about 2cm) and sporting bright patches of colour on the body, whilst females are larger (4cm) and plain. The colour patterns of males vary depending on the source and brood history although patches of bright orange, black, blue-green, and yellow-green are common. Wild strains have a dark band down the centre of the body and less variation of colour, but it is rare to see wild strains for sale.
Almost all Endler’s for sale are likely to have a small proportion of interbreeding with regular guppies at some point in their genetic history. Endler’s have now been officially classified as an individual species, although they are so similar to guppies that interbreeding is possible, and viable offspring are produced. It is best to avoid keeping the two species together so that this does not happen. Endler’s are easy to care for and relatively hardy and adaptable although they do prefer warmer water (20-28C) than wild type guppies and are fairly short lived, with a life-span of up to two years. Hard water is preferred, and since they are small, avoid larger tank mates. A very colourful and interesting fish, ideal for a community of small fishes.
Endler’s Livebearer Facts
Behaviour : Peaceful, males may chase females
Typical size : 2cm
Max size : 3cm
Tank Area : Middle, top, all
Min Tank Size : 30cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding : Flake, dried foods, suppliment with frozen or live small foods such as cyclops and daphnia
pH Range : 7-8.5
Hardness : m,h,vh
Family Poeciliidae (Poeciliids) | Synonyms Poecilia | Other names Campopa Guppy, Cumana Guppy | Origin North-eastern Venezuela | Breeding Livebearer: easy to breed although parents will eat young. Provide hiding spots in Java Moss for fry | Natural Water Conditions Hard water, pH 7-8.5 | Natural Habitat High temperature lagoons, often in green water. | Sexing Males small and colourful, females large and plain.