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Thread: Guppy/Endler hybrids?
03-28-2014, 12:29 AM #1
I purchased what I thought was a swordtail guppy a few months ago, but he was always much smaller than the rest and I just assumed he was of a different variety. Now, I realize, he looked just like pictures of Endlers I see on the Web. As far as I know, he has one surviving offspring, but I can only tell because he has similar coloring, but no swordtail. Since I don't have any other Endlers, is it possible that this is a hybrid? If so, what will happen if I breed him with another guppy?
03-28-2014, 12:45 AM #2
it is very possible for guppies and endlers to interbreed. supposedly the endler actually only is a subspecies of guppy. what happens when you breed an endler with a guppy is you just get a mutt with variable traits.
however, due to the imperiled captive population of genetically pure endlers, as well as the fact that (due to development of the area thy were found in) they are believed to be very endangered or extinct in the wild, large scale breeding of endlers with guppies is not recommended.
03-28-2014, 10:45 AM #3
... however if you already have a hybrid and you're just breeding a few little fish for yourself, it does no harm ;)
In the end, after a few generations, they turn out as smaller guppies ...55g planted: 10x adult guppies, 9x kuhli loaches, 7x black neons, 2x neons, 6x Amano shrimp, assassin snails & cherry shrimp
10g planted: Occasional platies & black devil trumpet snail
03-28-2014, 12:44 PM #4
Thanks, guys! So I'm assuming he would have inherited his father's small size? He is still young, but is it possible that he will not grow very big?
03-29-2014, 05:55 PM #5
50 Gallon -
Endlers | Guppies | Blue Eyed Rice | Celestial Pearl Danios | Threadfin Rainbows | Bronze Cory's
Albino Cory's | Nerite Snails | Ghost Shrimp
03-29-2014, 07:25 PM #6
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...=112307&page=7. It's now a 15 gal planted tank. The photo is no great shakes - a little fuzzy and the colors aren't as brilliant as they are in person.
would love it if you would stopped over to that thread and tell me what you think I've got.
(sorry for the HiJack, triplet :o)
Last edited by fishmommie; 03-29-2014 at 07:29 PM.