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!!