How to Crossbreed Endlers and Guppies?

Many closely related livebearing fish are crossbred with guppies, including mollies and endlers.

Endler and guppy crossbreeding are fairly easy and the resulting fry may be quite beautiful, especially once you get more experience breeding.

Here are some tips for crossbreeding your endlers and guppies.

Can guppies and Endlers cross breed?


The Answer to this classic question is Yes, guppies and endlers can cross and reproduce offspring.

The offsprings are fertile (non-sterile) and can further develop more guppy or endler strains.

Considering the fact, The Endler’s Livebearer is not its own species but is derived unique variant of guppy or Poecilia reticulata.

For Further Reading: How to Make a New Guppy Strain?

Cross Male Endlers with Female Guppies


It’s best to let your male endlers breed with female guppies for a few reasons.

Pure endlers are becoming very uncommon in nature while guppies remain very common.

It’s a good idea to let your female endlers breed true to keep up your endler population.

Female endlers are also smaller than guppies. If you breed male guppies with female endlers,

the babies can be too large and dangerous for the endler to carry and may kill the pregnant endler.

Put the Male Endler in a Tank with Female Guppies


The easiest way to cross guppies and endlers is to let male endlers visit a tank with female guppies.

You can do this after you allow your female endlers to get pregnant by the male.

While you can certainly allow both endlers and guppies to live in a community tank together,

you won’t have control over the breeding and the cross can go the other way, potentially killing female endlers.

With greater control over breeding, you can breed for more attractive features.

For Further Reading: How to Keep Guppy Fish Healthy? 8 ways

The Fry May Be Sterile or Weaker

Sometimes the fry that result from a guppy/endler cross are infertile.

They also tend to be less hardy, which means they may not live as long as your true guppies and endlers.

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