Yellow Tiger Endler (Poecilia wingei / Poecilia reticulata)
Yellow Tiger Endlers are hardy, adaptable, peaceful and attractive fish suitable for several aquarium setups, including the nano, well-planted and community aquarium.
Yellow Tiger Endlers can live happily alongside most other fish, generally considered community fish. However, it is advisable that you avoid keeping these fish with larger, more aggressive species such as Tiger Barbs and Cichlids or other fish that are known to be fin nippers in the hobby.
Male Tiger Endlers have beautiful colouration and patterning that can vary somewhat. In addition, they boast an incredibly bright yellow and black colouration. Although they are not a pure strain of Endler, these colours have quickly made them one of the most beautiful Endlers available in the fishkeeping hobby.
Their sheer hardiness and reputation as prolific breeders make them perfect candidates for the beginner aquarist that wishes to try their hand at breeding fish.
Yellow Tiger Endlers typically occupy the top level of an aquarium; however, you will also find them swimming in the middle and bottom levels when foraging for food and chasing females for courtship.
Yellow Tiger Endler (Poecilia wingei / Poecilia reticulata) Video
|Scientific Name||Poecilia wingei / Poecilia reticulata|
|Other Names||Tiger Endler, Super Yellow Tiger Endler|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||1 - 2 Years|
|PH||7.0 - 8.5|
|GH||5 - 12|
|KH||15 - 3|
|75 - 86℉|
23.9 - 30℃
In the home aquarium, the Yellow Tiger Endler will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.
Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.
It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.
This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.
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Endlers are the easiest livebearers to breed as they do not predate on their fry anywhere near the level of other livebearers. Though when the colony gets going with more mouths to feed, the yield of try will lessen, and the colony will balance itself out. From our experience in keeping and breeding endlers, it seems the first batch of fry is most likely to be predated on, and once the adults are used to seeing fry around, they tend to leave subsequent fry drops alone.
Female Endlers will drop fry every 26-30 days depending on temperature; higher temperatures will shorten the gestation period. Females can start dropping fry from 2-3 months of age, although the smaller and younger the fish, the less fry they will drop. Some first drops can produce as little as 2-3 fry, and mature adult females can typically produce 30-50 fry.
If you wish to maximise the survival rate of your Yellow Tiger Endler fry, we recommend adding Guppy Grass to the aquarium. Guppy grass is a fast-growing and straightforward plant that provides a lot of coverage for the fry, which are most vulnerable for the first hour after being born before becoming free swimming. You can also use a cheap floating breeding Hatchery if you want to be sure no fry are lost but be prepared to be constantly diving into your aquarium to net out new fry every month.
In summary, the bigger question isn't how to breed endlers, but how do you *not breed* endlers :).