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Can endlers get pregnant without a male?

Discussion in 'Livebearers' started by Mataya McGrath, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. Mataya McGrath

    Mataya McGrath New Member

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    my specific question was if a female Endler could get pregnant if she had babies and then was removed from the tank with the males in it? Also I was wondering if a endlers fry could be considered class p if ever with a male guppy for a long period of time? Lastly lately my endlers and guppies (in separate tanks) are clenching their tails the I check on them a minute later and their fine and healthy looking I don’t know the ph levels and stuff I just know I use tap water with water conditioner in it and that’s worked for a year so far. I admit the guppies are very overcrowded I have about 15-20 in a 10 gal trying to sell them but having no such luck the endlers are super overcrowded but I have three and one betta in a two and a half gal tank and I’m soon getting a three gal. I don’t know why the guppies are acting the way they are I haven’t changed anything omg the past week they’ve been doing so except I got this stuff to clear the water from Walmart because the water had tons of gunk in because the tanks near a window. The endlers; one just had fry and is still recovering and two I just recently received.

     
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    Sorry I meant the endlers aren’t super over crowed
     
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    And I meant in not omg lol forgot to read over it before posting
     
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    Female livebearers can store 'packets' of sperm from their last mating, and they use those to get pregnant if there are no males around.

    I'm not really familiar with the classification of Endlers but, unless you bought them from a specialist breeder they're unlikely to be pure Endlers; most in the trade are Endler guppy hybrids. They certainly can't be classed as pure if they've ever been near normal, non Endler guppies, as the two hybridise so readily.

    You really should get test kits (liquid or tablet based ones) as there's no way we can tell what might be going on with your fish without ruling out water issues. You can find out the pH and hardness of your water on your supplier's website, but you do need tests for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. If you get a shop to test your water for you, you must write down the actual numbers but all fishkeepers should have test kits of their own.

    What, exactly, was 'the stuff from Walmart'? It's best not to add anything to the tank if there's a lot of gunk; you should be doing water changes to get rid of it.

    Are your tanks heated and filtered? How often are you changing the water, and how much at a time?
     
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    okay to answer your initial question. no they cannot get pregnant without a male.

    but the females do have the ability (like guppies) to store sperm for long periods of time (up to 3 months). as these are live bearers and prolific breeders i would not advise waiting until she has given birth but instead remove the males before. this is because they will likely mate with her shortly after birth and chances are you will not be around when she does so.

    once she has given birth i would suggest that you take her out first and then add the males back. be very careful not to let them come into contact as the act of mating does not last more that a moment.

    if you are looking to get rid of some of your fish(i would highly recommend due to overstocking) i would not bother trying to sell them as there is no short supply of these fish anywhere (except maybe the dessert and the arctic circles) im afraid giving them away might be the only option.
     
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    The stuff from Walmart is the nutrafin clearfast particulate water clarifier. I have filter heater and light in both tanks. I’m really trying to get some water testers but I’m just having a hard time making money as of late. thank you so much for your response it helped me clarify some things with my endlers.
     
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    Thanks for all your help it really helped that they could only store the sperm for three months. I’m really trying to get rid of lots of my fish I just don’t know who to give them to yet lots of my friends are interested but then again I don’t think they know how easy it is to get them. I left her in because every time I move a pregnant guppy while pregnant it ends up stressed and dying evantually. I’ve had like five fish dye in my eight months of keeping them and they were all really nice looking females:(.
     

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