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    i know guppys are very easy to breed, my question revolves around coloration.
    i have a male and female that i believe to be cobra skin
    (pictures are bad but it gives you the idea of coloration. hard to capture the males colors goes the whole way from yellow to purple depending on the angle)




    my questions is when these two breed is it likely the offspring will come out cobra skin, or are most fish store guppy genes so mixed up that it will be pot-luck?

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    nice looking male there. Pet store guppies are a crap shoot, and it's hard to tell who the father is since the females are pretty much always pregnant unless they've been in separate tanks for several months. I've had an endler give birth to 3 batches of fry while she was segregated in her own tank.

    I'm currently breeding 5 types of guppy strains and 3 endler strains.

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    Jeta, Endlers are a Guppy strain. ;)
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    As far as I know, they are still classified with different species names, reticulata vs. wingei. I have some tiger endlers that are obviously hybridized and I guess fall into a grey area, but to the best of my knowledge the wild type endlers are still in their own species group.

    Not that I really care about the genetics about it, I mainly differentiate because it's easier to explain/advertise.

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    The scientific name that was given to Endlers was not a valid name. It was based on bad science that has been rejected by pretty much all of the scientific community. Unfortunately, there are so many out there that are desperate to have the Endler classified as a different species, they jumped on it, and have propagated the error. They are definitely a different strain, but in all the ways that are important with livebearers, they are just a guppy.
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    I understand the argument, and it makes sense. Still, for labeling purposes, I am calling mine endlers, because it's what people identify, even if it makes a few scientific minds cringe lol. My beef is with the classification system, don't even get me started.

    p.s. thanks for the info in the PM, much appreciated.

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    If you want to line-breed the male your best bet would be to raise some fry individually to get virgin females for breeding. Any breeding-size female from an lfs is already carrying enough sperm to produce several broods of fry, and it's unlikely they'll turn out to look like the one/s you want. Male guppies can breed before they actually show any color, so the females need to be raised separately.

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    thanks for the info everyone! looks like i may just wait and let them breed and if i get what i want great, and if i dont thats ok too.

    didnt know the males can breed before they colored up, i guess in my mind all of the colors were a sign of sexual maturity. very cool info

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