The Endler guppy Livebearer (Poecilia wingei "Sunburst Cobra") is an extremely colourful, peaceful fish whose small size makes it absolutely perfect for the nano or planted aquarium. It is in high demand from aquarists due to the consistent bright green and orange coloration that it displays. Most specimens have at least some remnant of the black bar marking that is characteristic of the wild-form pattern of the species. This fish is very similar to the larger common guppy (Poecilia reticulata). It is very hardy, especially for such a small fish.
Endler guppy typically occupy the top level of the water column, although they can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well. They are also not afraid to jump, so they must be kept in an aquarium with either a lid/hood/canopy or at least a significantly lowered water level. They will not eat or bother plants. They are safe with other peaceful fish as long as the other fish are not known to nip at the long tail of the Endler. Adult dwarf shrimp are generally safe as well, but Endlers may eat shrimp fry. Larger, peaceful invertebrates can also make good tank mates. Endler guppy are best kept in groups.
While not a picky eater, the Endler guppy Livebearer will thrive and remain very colourful on a varied diet of meaty foods supplemented with spirulina or other nutritious vegetable matter. High-quality and flake food, pellets, and frozen or freeze-dried tubifex and bloodworms will all be readily accepted.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Vivid bright green and orange body coloration
- Peaceful disposition with fish and peaceful invertebrates
- Hardy and adaptable
- Excellent for inhabiting the top of the aquarium
- Will not bother ornamental plants
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 75° - 86° F (24° - 30° C)
pH: 7.0 - 8.5
KH: 15 - 35 dKH
Minimum tank size: 5 gallons
Diet: Omnivorous. Will easily accept high quality dry and frozen foods.
Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.