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!
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.
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!