Endler's Livebearer Tank Setup 10g Aquarium Fish Hobby

Orchid Endler’s: The Next Generation

I interrupt your regularly scheduled post for an amazing update about my new colony of Orchid Endler’s: fry have been born! Their mission, to steal the hearts of other hobbyists and to grow into beautiful specimens; to escape the acrylic breeder in which they have been placed. To boldly follow where their predecessors have gone before!

Trio of Orchid Endler's Livebearer Fry

I discovered these half-centimeter fry yesterday night and quickly transferred them to a separate tank away from their parents. While Endler’s Livebearers are not known to prey on their young, I wanted to capture their first few hours of life in pictures. These fry will be fed a diet of micro food and baby brine shrimp. With their omnivore dietary needs, this combination will be perfect in aiding their growth and giving them a head start on life!

While there was a small brood this time around (only 3), I have no doubt that it was one of the smaller females which produced them. One of the females’ has lost her gravid spot, and her belly has stopped being bulged out. That enough is a good indicator. Since almost all 10 of the females arrived with a gravid spot at some point of gestation, I suspect I will be finding many more fry like these in the near future. For now, the Orchid Endler’s fry are not much more than a black eye-speck and a tail, and they haven’t begun to fill out. They look like little tan-colored torpedoes.

Two Orchid Endler's Livebearer Fry

Once these three gain a bit more heft and weight to them, their color (or a lack thereof) will help me determine their sex.

Males are brightly colored with specks and streaks of black on a neon orange and lime green background. Some Orchids will also have blue pops of color and white stripes across their dorsal fin. Females are generally a tan or silver color without any unique patterns to speak of. Females are also considerably bigger than the males; one female I have currently is named “Big Mamma” just because she’s twice the size of even the largest male!

Well, that’s the update for now. I’ll be sure to let you know of any major developments, and, barring any, will be bringing you a more educational post soon about why I decided to breed these rare, exotic fish in the first place!

Have a great day, everyone!

Endler's Livebearer Tank Setup 10g Aquarium Fish Hobby

Orchid Endler’s Tank Setup

So excited to share the journey with everyone! This newly cycled tank will be the primary home for my Orchid Endler’s Livebearers. Currently, there are no other residents, but I have been considering purchasing some Red Cherry or Amano shrimp to help with the cleanup. Or, perhaps some Cory Cats; either way these scavengers will help keep this tank pristine and an ideal breeding ground for the Orchid Endler’s Livebearers.


Since my breeding colony is starting off with 4 males and 8 females, the tank will have a divider separating it into 2/3 on one side and 1/3 on the other. I’ll keep the females on the side without the intake, just to make things a bit safer for them and to prevent unwanted breeding!

Since Endler’s Livebearers are quick to procreate given the right tank parameters, I’m hoping to have fry to sell before the summer months! Of course, I’ll be keeping everyone up to date on major developments. Who knows, my female OELs may arrive pregnant, which will help speed up the process significantly! This has happened to me on a few occasions in my other tanks, where the female comes with a gravid spot. In fact, my Blue Mickey Mouse Platy is about a week or two away from dropping her fry in my larger, 36 gallon bow-front tropical tank.

Once I have established a slightly larger colony, I will begin selectively breeding the OELs in order to bring out variations on color and pattern. Normally, these gorgeous fish would be interbred with the fancy guppy in order to achieve fantastic colors. However, this turns the offspring into Class K Endler’s, which is not what I am shooting for. In order to make sure there is enough genetic diversity and to help the fry survive to adulthood, I have a separate holding tank with a sponge filter set up; this sponge filter prevents the teeny babies from being accidentally sucked up into an impeller. Containing the fry in a separate tank also keeps the adults from making snacks out of them, too.

My OELs are slated to arrive tomorrow, and I will be placing them in quarantine and acclimating them slowly so that their long journey doesn’t end in even more stress. Next week, I’ll be posting pictures of these gorgeous fish in their new tank, and giving a bit of an overview on the differences between Class N Endler’s and other classes of Endler’s. So, stay tuned and let’s take this journey together!!