The picture of the fish with the long tail looks to be a guppy/endler hybrid, or possibly a wild guppy. Someone from endlersr.us would be able to verify.
Also, the feeder fish at local fish stores are wild guppies and not Endler's livebearers, although they look similar. Endler's are much more expensive and harder to get than guppies and would not be in a feeder tank at the lfs. I hope this info helps someone from mistakenly buying guppies thinking they were endler's :)
"Aslo, bewarned they can, and will cross with guppies, swordfish, mollies, and platies!"
Not entirely true. They can crossbreed with guppies and mollies (Though the Molly X Endler hybrid will be sterile) but not Swordtails/Platys.
endlers should not have sword tails, color in 1 TIP of the tail(or both) is fine, as long as it doesnt stick out past the tail. for instance the endler pic on my left(with his top fin up) appears 100% pure, infact i have several that look just like that... now the pic on the right looks hybrid. BTW if anyone ever needs any mine are pure and class P
I disagree with Kents, I have had them cross breed with sword tails, I had one with a distinct sword like tale.
Great fish, I recommend them to anyone, especially those new to the hobby. They breed so fast it hard to fail with these guys.
Endlers (Poecilia wingei) are great. I have over a Hundred! I have pure Wild Caught Endlers that look awesome! I have cross bred them with several other fish Species. My avatar is one of MY endler Hybrid Strains. Most Hybrids are fertile. These fish are just like any other live-bearer. The females are larger than that males and have no distinctive colors or markings. Hybrid Females may have some marking on the tail. Females may eat the young but I have rarely witnessed this. I have also seen albino strains that are awesome. I will add some pictures of my Pure strain and an Albino one. The will strain has several color / pattern variations. The tail will usually be 1 or 2 swordtails. Many people say they are just a variation of guppies but I completely disagree. If you compare an Endler Gonopodium under a microscope to a guppies, they look completely different.
My 9th grader is doing a guppy breeding experiment for PJAS ( Penna Junior Academy of Sciences)....and the two different fancy guppies that bread produced almost this exact fish (lots of them)....I will post a pictures
Your picture which should represent Poecilia sp. "Endler" (ELB), is not correct... "The" Endler is in fact a proven Micro species and not a member of the guppy family (Acanthophacelus). The fish you have is a Endler's "GUPPY" (Poecilia (Acanthophacelus) wingei)... it's not possible to have the distinct Poecilia (Micropoecilia) endleri ... p.s. the word "Endler" is a collective noun splitted up in two total different species from two total different subgenera.. *Poecilia (Micropoecilia) endleri (Endler's "Micro" / ELB) *Poecilia (Acanthophacelus) wingei (Endler's "Guppy" or Cumana/Campoma guppy) It's been proved, this fish John Endler original collected is distinct from nature and maybe even from Aquaria. The Fish we all have, are Poecilia wingei or Poecilia wingei X Poecilia reticulata sp.
When I bought this it was wild caught. They catch in huge schools in canals. They have a myriad of colors in the body. In our country it was called as rainbow fish. I have a 10 of it and 2 of them are still small, smaller than a neon tetra was gulped whole by my angel. :'(
Not a big fan of these fish at all. The males are pretty the females are dull gray and grow twice as large as the males. They breed like crazy and can over populate a tank in just a few months. They also hog the food so its difficult for bottom feeders to get any food.