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Poecilia wingei - Endler's guppy


  • Poecilia wingei - Endler's guppy

    Photo thanks to Watfish

    Scientific name: Poecilia wingei - Endler's guppy
    Common name: Endler's guppy
    AKA: Endler

    Country of origin:
    South America - Venezuala

    pH: 7.0 - 8.5
    Temperature: 18 - 29c (best at 24 - 27c)
    Hardness: 15 - 35 dGH
    Water flow: low - standard
    Oxygenation: standard - high

    Maximum size: Males:

    Diet: Their mouths are very small, so although they will take live food, BBS (baby brine shrimp) and daphnia are easier for the males to take than brine shrimp or black worms. They will readily take prepared dry or crushed flake food, or frozen food.

    Breeding: Males are colourful, usually smaller than females.
    Females are large & plain. They are often a similar shape to female guppies, although I have seen a wild trio where the females were the size & shape of a 5c coin.

    Tank companions: They are good tank companions with shrimp. They will take some shrimplets, but only to about 4 days old.
    They are peaceful tank companions, although larger fish may be capable of eating them, so consider this before choosing fish.

    Confused with: Guppies.

    Ideal plants are: It is not fussed, but benefits from highly planted areas, both for security and as coveer for fry.

    They are endangered in their native habitat due to pollution & environmental disturbance.

    It is closely related to Mollys, but far more closely related to Guppies, which it can interbreed with. This has been done by hobbyists to create new colours & varieties of both species, but overall has made it difficult, nigh impossible to find pure Endler tetras in the hobby without direct importation. These are highly sought after by hobbyists. As a pure (or close to) fish, the males are significantly smaller than guppies, at nearly half the body size (not inclusing the tail).

    Like Guppies, there are now many colour variations - some, such as the Black Bar are recognised.

    It is an ideal fish for nano tanks, although male only tanks should be considered to stop overbreeding. It is capable of jumping, so requires fitted lids.

    Poecilia wingei are NOT legal imports to Australia as of 20/10/2013:
    however they may have been on previous import lists, have entered Australia prior to the implementation of import lists, or been misidentified on importation.

    The IUCN Red List reports Poecilia wingei as a species which has not yet been assessed at 20/10/2013:

    It is very important not to release any aquarium specimens into our waterways. Any that are not sold or re-homed/ given away, can often be re-sold to aquarium stores. If they are homed in ponds, care should be taken that they cannot escape in run-off into our waterways. Even if fish are native & local they should not be moved from one waterway to another, as this can transfer disease. If they are not local fish, they can both spread disease and either out-compete or eat local fish, shrimp & plants, causing their demise.

    It is a good fish for beginners


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