Snakeskin Orchid Endler Fry Mixed With Mature Endlers

Female Holding TankDo Endlers Eat Their Fry?

Contrary to popular belief Endlers do in fact eat their fry.  Although Endlers do eat their own fry it’s they do not seem go after fry nearly as eagerly as Guppies or many other livebearers.

Males seem to almost never eat fry and younger females seem to have little interest as well.  Large older females seem to develop a taste for fry over time and are most likely to eat Endler fry.

Why Do People Say Endlers Don’t Eat Their Fry?

The belief that Endlers don’t eat their own fry is likely to be the result of those who have raised Endlers with young females as these females as well as the males seldom eat fry.

As the females mature they are capable of producing larger drops of fry and in some cases these drops can be very large.  Because the drop size increases as the females appetite for fry increases at the same time it may be difficult to detect that any fry are being eaten at all as the surviving number of fry may remain somewhat constant as long as there is some places for fry to hide.

How We Separate Our Fish

We maintain careful selective breeding by removing fry or the adults from our breeding tanks before the fry mature.

These fry are placed in a growing tank (one for each strain) where we give them time enough that we can differentiate the males from the females.

We have two larger holding tanks for each strain of fish we offer.  Once we can determine the sex of a fish it is placed in a male holding tank or a female holding tank.  These holding tanks are the tanks we select our fish from that go to our customers.

Snakeskin Orchid Endlers Don’t Seem To Eat As Many Fry

Female Endlers can become pregnant very early.  As we remove females from the growing tanks there are a few that get pregnant from the young males.  There are also a small number of males that make it into our female holding tanks.

Because of this the females that are placed in our female selling tanks continue to produce fry.  These holding tanks have few places to hide and in most of the female holding tanks many of these fry are eaten by the larger females.

We have noticed over the last few months that there are much more fry in the Snakeskin Orchid Endler’s holding tank than there are in any of our other female holding tanks.

For some reason the Snakeskin Orchid Endler females seem to have much less interest in eating fry than do any of the other strains.  The regular Orchid Endler strain is similar.

A Rare Glimpse Of One Of Our Holding Tanks

There are so many fry in one of our Snakeskin Orchid Endler female holding tanks that we wanted to share our experience with you.

We decided to film the tank so you could see just how well the small fry are doing with the larger females in the Snakeskin Orchid Endler female holding tank.

You may notice that we keep these tanks somewhat bare to make it easier for us to catch the females when they are sold.

If you look closely you may see that there are a couple of lucky males mixed in with all those females.

We hope you enjoy our video and please feel free to ask any questions you may have in our comments.


  1. Meghan Miller

    I’ve often wondered how this is done. Thanks for sharing your process!

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