Blue Star Endlers (Poecilia wingei)
Blue Star Endlers are hardy, adaptable, and peaceful and their small size makes them perfect for the nano or planted aquarium. These Endlers will get on fine with most fish in a community aquarium; however, you should avoid keeping them with larger, more aggressive fish as they will nip at their tails, possibly see them as a snack and will outcompete them for food.
Blue Star Endlers typically occupy the top level of an aquarium; however, you will often find them swimming in the middle and bottom levels when foraging for food or chasing females for courting. It would be best to keep these fish in larger groups as the aquarium will look more natural, and the fish will display their natural behaviours.
Blue Star Endlers are known to jump, so it is advisable that you keep a tight-fitting lid on the aquarium or at least a significantly lowered water level. These fish will not eat or bother plants.
These fish have beautiful colouration; their bodies are an electric blue colour that fades into a lighter blue. In addition, these Endlers have a distinct black horizontal line as well as a dark blue horizontal line displayed on their body. These fish also possess a bright orangey-red colouration on their chest area and on their caudal fin.
|Scientific Name||Poecilia wingei|
|Other Names||Campoma Blue Star|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||2 - 3 years|
|PH||7.0 - 8.5|
|GH||2 - 15|
|KH||15 - 3|
|TDS||50 - 150|
|75 - 86℉|
23.9 - 30℃
Photos of the Blue Star Endlers
Blue Star Endlers originate from a coastal lagoon in Campoma Village in Northeastern Venezuela in South America. Their habitat contains green water that is typically quite hard.
Philippe Voisin and his son, Frederic Nicole, found these Endlers and established the strain, and they are now widespread throughout the world.
What to feed the Blue Star Endlers
Blue Star Endlers will accept most foods you offer them; however, it is best to provide them with a varied diet. The diet should consist of good quality dried food such as flakes and granules alongside regular feedings of live, frozen or freeze-dried foods such as daphnia, brine shrimp and bloodworm. These Endlers will also appreciate the occasional treat of blanched vegetables.
How to breed the Blue Star Endlers
Blue Star Endlers are livebearers and are very easy to breed. These fish reach sexual maturity from around two months old and can give birth to anything from 5 to 30 fry every 24 to 28 days, depending on their age and size.
It is advisable that you 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 avoid being eaten by the parents or other fish if they are in a community aquarium.
Blue Star Ender fry can accept crushed flake food straight away. The babies grow pretty fast and can exhibit adult colouration within 3 to 5 weeks.