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Poecilia wingei - Endler's Livebearer, EndlerMagyarul / Hungarian
Poecilia wingei - Endler's Livebearer, EndlerPoecilia wingei - Endler's Livebearer, EndlerPoecilia wingei - Endler's Livebearer, EndlerPoecilia wingei - Endler's Livebearer, Endler
  • Scientific name: Poecilia wingei
  • Synonyms: Acanthophacelus wingei
  • Common name: Endler's Livebearer, Endler
  • Group: Livebearers
  • Habitat: South America; Venezuela
  • Size: Males: 2,5 cm, females: 4,5 cm
  • Biotope: Laguna de Patos, coastal lagoons in northeast Venezuela. The fish are now thought to be extinct in their natural habitat.
  • Social behavior: Endlers are very peaceful fish suited to any community or species tank. Be careful not to keep them with guppies, because they may crossbreed.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; small live foods, flakes, and some algae based food such as spirulina tablets.
  • Breeding: Easy
  • Tank: Minimum 25 litres
  • Population: 6-8 fish for 50 litres
  • Decoration: The tank should be heavily planted. Also use some floating plants, to cover the surface.
  • Temperature: 24-30 °C
  • pH: 7.5-8
  • Hardness: 15-35 NK°
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years

Description: Endler's Livebearer was discovered in 1937 by Franklyn F. Bond and rediscovered by John Endler in 1975. Endlers livebearer is a very attractive and colourful fish. Males are brightly colored, they usually have a bright orange and green, yellow or black markings, while the females are pale green in color. Males are also much smaller than the females and have a gonopodium. The males constantly harrassing the females to breed, so it is best to keep 2-3 females with each male.

Breeding is easily achived just by having males and females within the same tank. The females will give birth to live fry every 23-24 days. The number of the fry can be 5-25, depending on the female's age and size. The adult fish will rarely eat their young. The fry are quite large, and they grow fast if fed 2-3 times per day with small live foods. Males exhibiting adult colouration in only 3-5 weeks and females being able to produce young at 2 months of age.

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