Guppies and Endler Guppies in nature
Guppies and Endler belong to the viviparous toothcarps or Poeciliidae and thus into the direct relationship of colorful platies, interestingly shaped swordtails, mollies or even large sail carps. The name Gubbys is sometimes read, but it is not the correct spelling.
Guppies and Endlers live in South America and Central America in freshwater and slightly salty brackish estuaries in densely weedy sections of water. Guppies and Endlers can now be found in warmer waters all over the world - even in Germany there is the so-called Guppybach. They are very popular in small waters during the warm season to control mosquito larvae.
The colorful ornamental fish from the genus Poecilia remain small (Endler even made it to an entry in our "Nanofish Lexicon". Guppies and Endlers are very popular in aquaristics because they not only reproduce readily and have short generation sequences (which makes breeding very interesting), but also because they are enormously adaptable and robust. Guppies and Endlers tend to be oriented toward the water surface where they like to slurp up small insects that land on the water, biofilms such as a forming scum, springtails, and so on. Their strongly superior mouths enable them to live this way.
Reproduction and breeding
Distinguishing the sexes in the Guppy and the Endler is simple: in males, the ventral fin has remodeled into what is called a gonopodium, a sexual organ. In addition, the males have longer fins (especially the dorsal fin is more pronounced) and they are much more colorful and brightly colored. Especially in the Endler Guppy the males are much smaller than the females - in the normal Guppy this is also the case, but less pronounced. The females have a dark so-called pregnancy spot at the end of the abdomen, but this is also present in non-pregnant females.
The females - once fertilized - can give birth to several litters of young because they can store sperm. Unlike guppies, Endler's guppies do not go for the young, so although litters are smaller in number, more fry grow up here than in guppies. The young mature in the female's abdomen in the egg, and during the birthing process the egg shell bursts, giving birth to live young. About keeping and breeding guppies you can find a detailed article in our blog:"The guppy in the aquarium". Only this much: in a well weeded aquarium enough young guppies grow up, the animals are not called "million fish" for nothing.
Guppies and Endler Guppies in the aquarium
These great ornamental fish are also suitable for beginners. They fit well in tanks from 54 liters or 60 cm edge length with medium to hard water at aquarium temperatures of 22 to 28 degrees. A small addition of salt of 1-2 g per liter can help their well-being. Guppies and Endlers feel comfortable in well planted aquariums, where the females can sometimes avoid the always ready males.
If you do not want uncontrolled reproduction in the aquarium, you can keep a pure male group of Guppies. In our store you can therefore buy Guppies separated by sex - out of responsibility to the aquarium fish! Guppies living in an all-male group, by the way, even get older than those in mixed groups, because they are exposed to less stress. If you would like to breed specifically, you will of course also find female Guppies for sale in our online store!
Here at Garnelio in the online store you will find a rich selection of different Guppy and Endlers Guppy color varieties: blue EndlerJapanBlue, which are still quite close to the wild form, the special fin form Dumbo ear, Guppies in the color red blond, blue black patterned Cobra blue, attractive Snakeskin red, Tuxedo red, blue Blue Moscow Guppies, pied Koi Kohaku and many more. Here you can create a fun, lively, robust and colorful aquarium stock as your heart desires!
The right food for Guppies and Endler Guppies
Like the vast majority of viviparous toothcarps, the Guppy and Endler are omnivores, so you should serve your aquarium fish a mixed diet. They eat algae and plaque in the aquarium, love to hunt for live food of suitable size in the aquarium, but also like to forage for frozen food. Flake food or granulated food are also well accepted by the not very picky fish, and soft vegetables like cucumber (in moderation!), skinned tomatoes or pumpkin chips enrich the diet with vegetable food. Our NatureHolic Guppyfeed has been specially tailored to their needs. The special soft consistency protects the sensitive mouths of Guppies and Endler Guppies, and the well thought out composition and our high quality ingredients make it so valuable for Guppies, Platies, Mollies and Co. Best to order now!
You like it colorful and bustling in the aquarium? You find tone in tone rather boring and would like to have something to look at and observe? Then Guppies or Endlers Guppies are the right choice for you! These aquarium fish are lively, interact with their owner, they are curious and playful and shine with beautiful colors and robustness. Ideal fish for a community tank as well. We are proud to offer you a rich selection of Poecilia reticulata and Poecilia wingei in the Garnelio Online Shop.