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This website is dedicated to Ol'Conrad.  He passed away shortly after Christmas, 2013.  He had made stupendous contributions to our hobby through his dedicated and careful breeding of aquatic animals.  He was a good friend and best buddy of Pete's and will not only be missed greatly by Pete, the hobby will forever have lost a valuable friend and asset. But his progeny will live on forever in his memory.
Poecilia wingei

Common Name(s): Endler / Endler's Livebearer

Scientific Name: Poecilia wingei

Family: Poeciliid

Origin: Venezuela Maximum Size: Up to 3cm (1")

Minimum Tank Size: 5 gallons (recommended) 
Care:They are very easy to keep and will adapt to a wide range of water conditions. 

The temperature should ideally be around 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius).
Lotsoffish's Chili Endlers
RU looking for TOD?  

I think I told you the wrong page, 

Try Pete's Stuff.

Notice on the map below, the red arrow points to the location where Endlers come from with, the red dot being an X marks the spot thing. If you want a very detailed article on Endlers please copy and paste the following link -BUT not until after you have read our information. IN FACT - I will put the link in at the end of the article. 

 Ya just gotta look thru our crap first, there will be some very nice videos and photos that O'Lotsoffish took, You do not want to miss those. These photos are of his fish. No snatching off the internet for us! We are proud of our stuff and want to show it off.

"Laguna de Patos is a lagoon, which is a lake formed from what used to be a brackish lake behind a sand bar and is now fresh, because it gets freshwater runoff. The runoff gradually replaced the salt water. Laguna de Patos is the only known place where Poecilia sp. "Endler's" exists, or use to exist. The fish is likely endangered if not extinct in the wild, do to the fact that a city garbage dump was built next to the lagoon. 

Dr. Endler believes there may be a possible second site where the Peninsula de Paria joins the mainland. He had looked for the site where Peninsula de Paria joins the mainland, but was not able to find where they were supposed to exist. It was a tangle of dirt roads and the directions he had were not good enough. Maybe someone will find them someday." 

 I could not find what date this was written but, I felt it quite interesting and would make great reading." Perhaps there is newer information available. If you have it, let us know, pleeze!


The first time I saw an Endler I starred and asked myself "What is it!" it sure looks looks like a guppy, at least the obvious gravid females did.

 It was about the size of a guppy, but the bright almost neon color and the pattern of the fish were something I have never seen before in a guppy

As I looked at the fish some more I saw the females even look a little different than any female guppy I have ever seen before. The male is only about ¾ of an inch to seven eighths of an inch (about 2 cm).and the females sure made the males look puny but, the males outshone the gals. The color is what is such eye candy. 

The male fish can have orange, black, yellow-green, and baby blue. The females color is a little different from the Guppy, as it seems to be a slight golden silver, but this may very slightly depending on the diet and the lighting.

  I really appreciate this shot by Ol'Lotsoffish in that it shows the variety of tail shapes.
Endler's are extremely hyper and fascinating to watch. When the male courts the female he spreads his tail as wide as he can to make an impressive display, much like any male interested in love.  

These fish are very prolific. While Guppies will produce fry about every 28 days Endler's will only take 23 or 24 days between broods. Endler's will eat of course their own new born fry, unless trained other wise, and this can be done. 

 However, you have to read some more on other pages to learn that trick that Ol'Lotsoffish shares with everyone, for free.. Fry that are less than an hour old are easy prey, therefore you should keep Endlers in a heavily planted aquarium to provide hiding places for the new born until they are able to adjust to their surroundings, or use breeding traps, unless trained not to eat their own young. 
Ol'Lotsoffish's Peacock Endlers
Ol'LOtsoffish's Tiger Endlers
The photo above is a rare snap any photographer would be proud to claim. Notice the excellent capture of the male's gonopodium. If Lotsoffish had wanted to photograph
 this action, he would be spending days doing nothing but stalking his endlers. 

 In fact, I compared the size of the male's gonopodium to the rest of his body. It is 20%
 the
 size of the body. A gonopodium is an anal fin that is modified into an intermittent organ ...
 In some species, the gonopodium may be as much as 50% of the total body length. 
Even Mr. Holmes would be jealous.

To achieve optimal growth you should feed your Endler fry Lotsoffish Mix #2, Ken's Grow Mix, Earth Worm Flakes, Veggie Flakes, Microworms and so on. This same diet can be continued on for the life of the fish. The more varied the diet, the faster the growth and the healthier the fish.. Male Endlers will begin showing color at 17 days old and will have most of their color by the time they are 22 days old. Female Endlers can have their first brood by the time they are two months old, talk about robbing the cradle!. The brood can range from as few as 4 to 6 for a small female to over 20 for a large female. 

 If you keep two males with a few females the dominant male will often chase the other male. Females also will on occasion show aggression towards other Endlers, but no harm will ever come of it. Lordy I would get grumpy too if I got no rest from constant males attention and resulting large numbers of squalling brats! Endlers only live about a year on average, but some may live as long as two years.  

When purchasing Endlers I recommend that you buy at least 3 pairs to get a breeding colony started. . Endlers will eat algae, and are good for keeping algae off of live plants. Because of the small size of the Endler's Livebearer they make an excellent fish for the popular small 2 gallon desk top aquarium for the office. Consider yourself lucky if you ever get the chance to own some of these gems, as they are a very rare find in the aquarium hobby. UNLESS you know Ol'Lotsoffish
Ol'Lotsaoffish's Endlers, Species # 2
Prof. John A. Endler collected these Poecilia sp. "Endler's" in 1975 in Laguna de Patos, 
Cumana, in northeastern Venezuela. He didn't know at the time that they were also
collected in the 1930's by the fish collector Franklyn F. Bond. Dr. Endler found these fish in warm (27° C or 81° F), hard water which is very green with unicellular algae. 

It, co-existed with regular guppies, which are also native to northeastern Venezuela, 
but they were less common in places where "Endler's livebearer" is found; guppies
 prefer clear cooler (25° C or 77° F) and shaded streams to ponds. Dr. Endler gave a 
stock of Poecilia sp. "Endler's" to Dr. Donn Eric Rosen, the then Curator of Ichthyology
 at the American Museum of Natural History, who was going to name it
 (but died a few years later). Dr. Rosen gave some of the stock to a mutual friend
 of Dr. Endler, Dr. Klaus Kallman, then of the New York Aquarium, and a famous 
fish geneticist. Dr. Kallman then introduced it to the German aquarium
 community. 

 Dr. Kallman didn't tell Dr. Endler at the time, but he gave it the name "Endler's Livebearer" 
or "Endler's Guppy." From the German aquarists it spread throughout Europe and
 Dr. Endler didn't hear about it until about 1980 when an English colleague asked him
 about the "Endler's Livebearer." From Europe it spread to America, Japan and
 elsewhere. 

From photographs Dr. Endler has seen in a Japanese guppy book, he says it has clearly
 been hybridized with regular guppies (the original population did hybridize at a very
 low rate in the laboratory), and has lost the variation for black pectoral fins
 (only present in about 20% of the original population), much of the "gold leaf inlay" color pattern, and
 has less of an angular pointed shape of its body and fins (and more like a guppy) 
than the original stock.

 Dr. Endler is not working with the Endler's Livebearer any more mainly because regular guppies provide more extensive populations to study genetics and evolution. 
Dr. Endler says that the "Endler's Livebearer" is it's own species, not a guppy (Poecilia reticulata), and will be named soon by a German taxonomist." this past paragraph
 can be found practically everywhere with googling so
 I am not going to give credit here. I just want you to know, I am not the author.

   OH, I almost forgot, here is the web site for you to pull up and get some super scientific information for those of you who are anal retentive. http://members.cox.net/newcomb1/endlers.html

 You can bug us at: iamlotsoffish2@aol.com



Why go anywhere
else?
"He brings out that 10 year old kid in me who had
An aquarium in the house with what I now know what was a siren in it.
The tub in the basement had a baby alligator in it
The backyard swimming pool, tubs, garbage cans at different times had Carp, bluegills, bullheads, turtles, frogs, salamanders, snakes, lizards ..
Since I cant go back to being 10 and move to New York ..
Hey Mang! Show me them Darters you got!!"

-Yeahbut