Can my guppies mate with another type of fish?
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- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Yes actually. I have many sucessfull crosses between guppies and endlers live bearers. :)
Poecilia wingei, known to aquarists as Endler's guppy or Endler's livebearer is a species of fish in the genus Poecilia, native to the Paria Peninsula, Venezuela.
Poecilia wingei is a colorful fish, similar to (and closely related to) the guppy. The species was first collected from Laguna de Patos in Venezuela by Franklyn F. Bond in 1937, and rediscovered by Dr. John Endler in 1975. The latter were the first examples of this fish to make it to the aquarium trade. More have been collected since then, notably by Armando Pou, to expand the captive breeding stock. The original Laguna de Patos population is threatened by runoff from a municipal garbage dump. Though it is rare in pet shops, this species is seen from time to time today in the aquaria of enthusiasts.
In the Aquarium
Endler's livebearers are hardy and undemanding in the aquarium though they prefer hard, warm water. The warmer the water, the faster they will grow; however this also seems to shorten their lifespan. They can be kept at 18–29 °C (66–82 °F), but their optimum temperature seems to be 24–27 °C. This is slightly higher than their guppy cousins which prefer 23–25 °C. They do best if kept in tanks with plants (preferably live, but fake will do) to give them hiding places and (although they may be less likely than guppies to eat their own young) give the fry a better chance at survival. Some of them are determinedly suicidal jumpers, so a cover on the tank is a must.
The colors of Endler's livebearers are very intense, especially the black, orange, and metallic green colors. Their natural patterns are highly variable, though many display a double sword tail. Breeders have developed numerous lines displaying specific patterns and colors, such as red chest, black bar, peacock, yellow sword, etc.
They are prolific breeders like their guppy relatives. They give birth to live young approximately every 28 days. The fry can be fed powdered fry food, baby brine shrimp, and crushed flake food. The will also nibble on the layer of algae and microorganisms that forms on aquatic plants. Even adult brine shrimp are not beyond their capability, as several fry will gang up on a brine shrimp their own size and tear it apart. The males will start to show color in 3-4 weeks, but it can be several months before they develop the full depth and richness of color that characterizes Endler's.
Endler's can be crossed with guppies and the hybrid offspring are fertile. This is considered to dilute the gene pool and therefore is avoided by fish breeders who wish to maintain pure strains. Many fish sold in pet stores as Endler's livebearers are actually these hybrids. Some breeders are intentionally hybridizing Endler's with fancy guppies to create fish with the characteristics of both. In addition, as reticulata has been found in the same bodies of water as wingei, it is possible that natural hybridization may also occur in the wild.
- proescherLv 43 years ago
definite, guppies do in fact go breed. Any form will mate with any form. bypass to the puppy save and get you somewhat one catcher,yet are not getting a type of nets, get a plastic one with suction cups or element hooks. while the female is getting close to beginning time, her abdomen will swell & get darker & darker. place her interior the infant catcher after the swelling is very great, reason at that element she's basically each and every week or so from giving beginning. approximately 2 days after the 1st infant is born, you could launch her, yet for the duration of the two days, you could grind your fish foodstuff into powder, so as that the babies can seize a number of their backside slot (they are going to many times slip into their backside slot presently after beginning). when you launch her, save the babies interior the infant catcher for 2 months, with a view to make specific they are stable adequate to stand up to the clear out. interior the period in-between besides the shown fact that, you could proceed to grind up your fish foodstuff for them. be careful to no longer enable the inhabitants explode, as a results of fact once you employ infant catchers, many greater stay to tell the tale than ordinary.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No, guppies can only mate with guppies because of there sex chromosomes.
- 1 decade ago
No, guppies can't hybridize
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