Advice On Buying Guppies Please
Posted 08 June 2011 - 10:50 AM
I would like a fish that will breed and is fairly easy to keep and he likes guppies on visits to lfs
my question is I would like a real nice strain of guppy with the potential to sell or swap the offspring something like a moscow red or blue etc but not sure where to buy good fish from!
can anyone help me in my quest
Posted 08 June 2011 - 11:52 AM
Edited by This Old Spouse, 08 June 2011 - 11:52 AM.
Posted 08 June 2011 - 12:01 PM
Posted 09 June 2011 - 09:01 PM
Posted 17 June 2011 - 10:41 PM
For rifty: one of the best selling guppy type fish I have seen lately is a thing called a "tiger endler". It is really a guppy / endler cross but has been developed to the point it will breed true. They are quite pretty fish that still demand a nice price at club auctions compared to guppies or true endlers. If you insist on just guppies, the Moscow guppies and half blacks seem to demand a decent price too. As a source of stock, try calling your local club and find out when they will have their next auction. We have a reasonable listing of local clubs right here on TFF. Have a look here for a club near you http://www.fishforum...ties-and-clubs/
Posted 17 June 2011 - 10:54 PM
Posted 18 June 2011 - 12:39 AM
Posted 18 June 2011 - 12:45 AM
Things like tiger endlers are quite popular but the wild type endlers are a very poor bet at an auction in the US. I should know since it is the only kind I keep here in the US. I keep wild type endlers as a species preservation project but never expect to see them pay their own keep.
So just what is the difference between guppies and endlers?
Posted 18 June 2011 - 12:55 AM
Depending on which scientist you believe, they are the same fish or they are separate species. The ones that I believe say that P. reticulata, guppies, are a different species than P. wingei, endlers. While breeding guppies with endlers is fairly easy in captivity, the two species largely ignore each other where they occur together in the wild.
Some of the obvious differences are in their appearance. Endlers are quite a bit smaller than wild or domestic guppies. Endlers drop smaller numbers of fry at about 23 days while guppies drop more fry at 28 days. Guppies are jumpers and should only be kept in well covered tanks while endlers are not jumpers. Guppies are opportunistic breeders that will perform a sneak breeding with a female and will pester a single female that takes their fancy endlessly. Endlers are more inclined to court a female and move on if she shows no interest in breeding. Endlers in a single species tank are very energetic swimmers while guppies are sedentary by comparison. There is no reason to ever worry about endlers eating their fry since they largely ignore them, take another look at my endler picture. The typical guppy tank will contain small numbers of surviving fry with no help from us but only a small percentage of the fish in a mature guppy tank will be fry. Most will have been eaten.
Posted 19 June 2011 - 05:02 PM
Posted 19 June 2011 - 05:11 PM
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