fancy guppy

Endler Guppy vs Fancy Guppy

The Endler guppy Poecilia Wingei are a real close relative to the guppy Poecilia Reticulata, the later is well known for different names such as the fancy Guppy, Guppy fish, the common Guppy, the fancy tail guppy…etc. Both the Fancy Guppy fish and the Endler’s Guppy fish is a very popular species to consider for fish farming/ breeding, with their great prolific performances you won’t regret doing it in the first place.

Differences and similarities: 

endler guppy
endler guppy

These two fishes have too much in common yet they keep some distinctive characteristics that keep each one of them unique in its own beautiful way. Here are the differences and similarities between these two species: 

 Both of them live in the freshwater, both have origins in the continent of America, they have a very close habitat yet there is a difference in the preferences when the fancy guppy fish prefers strong and chilly water flow the other one (the Endler guppy) prefers more warm and lentic habitat which is somehow small and that is causing the human to endanger it. They both are a peaceful type of fish, but the Endler Guppy is shyer than the fancy one. 

The natural environment conditions are somehow the same, they both prefer the alkanoic water with about 7 to 8 of PH level and the same temperature that ranges from 23 to 27°C yet they don’t prefer the same water flow as we said before. 

The main difference between these two is physical appearance, The Endler Guppy fish is more on the smaller side of the size scale with 2 to 3 cm for the male and about 4 to 4.5 for the female with a beautiful and unique colors all over its small frame and those pigments ranges from the full golden or silver for the female to a more various colors for the male body who can have a golden, red spots on it and an emerald-green spot close to its tail. The fancy guppy fish has a slightly bigger size with a difference of only 1 or 2 cm in general and just like the Endler, it also displays a sexual dimorphism when it comes to the coloring.

Both of them are omnivorous which feed on a great variety of food such as insects, worms, algae, flakes …etc, feeding both of them won’t be a problem in a common tank.  

The life span of the fancy Guppy fish and the Endler is the same occurs around two years. They both live in harmony inside groups, usually calm and tranquil which makes them a perfect candidate for fish farming. Both are livebearers and both have baby fry after 4 weeks of pregnancy.

If you are considering the breeding of any one of those two species then let us provide you with a piece of amazing news! It is very easy to do it for both of them. 

Can you keep the Fancy Guppy fish and Endler guppy living together?

fancy guppy
fancy guppy (source: Petco)

Yes! They can live together yet take note that they might have hybrid breeding too. Some scientists even gave the possibility of including both of them as the same species, that is because the generations that comes down of their hybridization are also fertile.  

If you are willing to combine both of them in a mixed aquarium then managing the environment condition for both of them might not cause you real trouble at the end. All you have to do is finding solid common ground for both of their needs. Food, temperature, water PH levels, the 

Can you crossbreed Endler and Fancy guppies?

Now if you are more concerned about the possibility of crossbreeding these two, then yes it is possible to have a healthy fertile successor that automatically has a bit of both of them depending on your choice of parents. For that matter please make sure to use a female guppy and a male Endler so the females won’t have problems giving birth. If you do it on the revered order the female Endler can have difficulties giving birth due to the size difference. 

Even though it is possible to do the hybrid breeding between these two, it is not advised for you to do it. Keeping pure characteristics is more likely to be natural. Looking outside from your farm to the wild you will find that even with that chance of the hybrid breeding between both of them being highly possible, it actually is very rare to happen. So for that being cleared let us give you the popular breeds of each one for you to consider it for farming.

Popular Endler Guppy fish breed:

When it comes to the classification of  Endler Guppy fish we can find 3 different classes that can provide you with some idea about the fish being pureblood or a hybrid. These classes are: 

Class N: This one refers to the original, pure that had no prior crossbreeding with any other species. This class is given only to the provider of documentation that surely proves the fact that yes it is a pure pedigree. Also referred to it as documented pure strain, to keep it like that in your farm, you must also keep breeding it with same N class Endlers. The strains of it are the following: Black Bar, Peacock, Red Chest, Double Red Stripe, Snake Chest, Flame Tail, Center Peacock.

Class P: and that is concerned of the hybrid or yet can be a pure bloodline of Endlers yet without documentation to prove the pure 

Class K: this one has visible hybrid strains, it can result of a hybrid cross-breeding such as a successor of crossbreeding a guppy fish with an Endler. 

Popular Fancy Guppy fish breed 

For this one. There are no specific breeds might be found under this name but other guppy fish that are not considered as the same species as this one.  you can find the following breeds some ranges by colors, some ranges by paters here are some of them: 

By colors: 

  • Bronze Guppy
  • Blue-Green Bi-Color Guppy
  • Green Guppy
  • Half-Black Blue Guppy

By patterns: 

  • Lyretail Guppy
  • Pin/Needle Tail Guppy
  • Red Eye Guppy

There are others for both of the above kinds though.

Finally, we can assure you that having any of these two species (Endler or Fancy guppies) can grant you great fish farming experience and great economic benefits on the side too. So go for it!