Blue Star Endlers (Poecilia wingei) Species Profile & Care Guide
Blue Star Endlers are hardy, adaptable, and peaceful. They will get on with most fish in the community aquarium but avoid keeping them with larger, more aggressive fish as they will nip at their tails.
These fish have beautiful colouration; they are mainly blue - Electric blue fading into a lighter blue with deep orange and black colour on the abdomen and fin flowing into the tail, which sets it apart from other Endlers.
Their small size makes them perfect for the nano or planted aquarium as well as being added into a larger community aquarium.
Blue Stars often occupy the top level of an aquarium, but you will also find them in the middle and bottom levels foraging for food.
|Scientific Name||Poecilia wingei|
|Origins||Paria Peninsula, Venezuela|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||2 - 3 years|
|Temperature||75 - 86 ℉ (23.9 - 30 ℃)|
|PH||7.0 - 8.5|
|GH||2 - 15|
|KH||15 - 3|
|TDS||50 - 150|
Natural Habitat of the Blue Star Endlers
Blue Star Endlers originate from the warm, and hard waters of Laguna De Patos, the coastal lagoons in Northeastern Venezuela.
Originally it was brackish water but because it was cut off from the ocean has since been altered due to run off and is now classed as freshwater.
Blue Star Endlers are now extinct in the original collection point as a rubbish dump has been built next to the lake polluting the water.
Other Endlers of interest
Blue Star Endlers Will eat most food you offer them, from flake food and pellets to frozen or freeze-dried food.
Please make sure you also feed them some vegetation in the diet.
Sexing the Blue Star Endlers
Males are much smaller and are far more colourful and vibrant than females.
Females are also much plumper, are generally unmarked, merely being a plain olive-grey.
Breeding the Blue Star Endlers
Blue Star Endlers are very easy to breed they can have babies from around two months of age producing 5-30 fry every 24-28 days depending on their age and size.
It is best to have four or five females to every male to stop vigorous harassment from the males.
Having a selected area for dense planting is also advisable for the fry to hide in and to avoid being eaten by the parents or indeed other fish if it is a community tank.
The babies grow quite fast and will exhibit adult colouration within 6-7 weeks.