My own bred strains of guppies and endlers
Besides breeding with exsisting strains (common or rare), I also linebreed with natural mutations and hybrids. The focus is to linebreed in order to develop a new strain of fish. And in this case specifically on endlers...
Some of them have already been sold by me at events or through forums. But I do like to make an announcement at this point as well. Basically, I won't be selling these strains for a certain time of period in order to stablelize these strains for a bit more. Unfortunately, there are certain individuals who like to run away with these fish (happened before with other strains) and renamed them in order to present them as their very own...
Therefore, I am only publishing these strains in order to state that these fish are hybridized by me and when the bases has been a natural mutation, I'll state that as well that they were born from my own fish. In both cases I've created a new strain or (depending on the strain) that I'm still working on them.
I also want to put out here that when one is dealing with a hybrid strain no matter if it's considered a true breeding strain, there's always a chance that a pheonotype of one of the ancestors will show up again. It just remains a hybrid strain!
Tiger hybrid blue diamond
This is my so-called tiger hybrid blue diamond endler. It started off with a natural mutation this year (2012) within my group of tiger hybrids. So, no influence of other strains or even a fancy guppy. One male developed the blue colour on his body. It took about 4 weeks before more males were developing this colour instead of the golden body.
It does look reasonable similar to the regular tiger hybrid but the tails are more spear tail-like. I've put them in a seperate tank with sisters to create a solid strain out of them. The F1 is already a fact and the blue is already appearing again.
I'm trying to make the black spots on their sides more extending just like the original tiger hybrid.
It's a real beauty to have swimming around in the tank.
I do have to admit that some resemblance to poecilia reticulata is a clear thing. despite of the fact that I didn't any guppyblood to it. I do think it's because in the tiger hybrid strain itself is already guppyblood present which might explain the guppy resemblance.
Red panther hybrid
Another mutation which occured within my group of tiger hybrids last year (2011) is my so-called red panther hybrid. I call it a panther hybrid instead of tiger hybrid simply becoz' of the way the tiger pattern has changed into a panther pattern on the males.
It was a nice surprise that this mutation occured and they started off becoming pink on a bronze metallic base. Interbreeding with their sisters showed more red in the new males' bodies.. The current males are deep red all over their bodies.
Watch the red on his body
This year (2012) I've sold a certain amount of them on the vivaristic events. Some like to call them pink panther hybrid or even pink tiger becoz'it does have a certain pinkish appearance but all my red panthers turn real red in the end. If you won't select those male offspring the more prink they will become and the red will fade.
Nowadays (2013), a lot of other breeders have accomplished the same strain but added red scarlet (aka chili endler) blood to it. I didn't! For tiger endlers already do have a red-gene in them which you only have to mark on the outside.
Below: During the livebearer show in Diemelsee-Adorf (Germany).
It has become a solid strain by now...
Lotus tiger hybrid
In October 2015 I've started another project. My goal was to create a tiger hybrid strain which showed a lot more black markings. It took until summer 2016 to have a solid base for this new strain. Also the zebrinus markings got less and some males were only showing them on the lower part of both sides. I'm quite optimistic about this strain to develop more and more steadier.
Once the males colour up some will have a silvery chest but most will develop a golden chest.
In April 2016 I've split a small group of males of the colony and mixed those with blonde females. This resulted in the golden equivalent of the grey based ones. But these males won't show any black. Neither do the blonde female offspring unlike the gray females (which have some black markings at the start of the caudal fin).
The blonde based ones are as attractive as the gray based ones. But those blondes do show more zebrinus markings as the gray do.
In some way there's still a resemblance with the regular tiger hybrid endler. But way les zebrinus markings which are replaced by black markings.
Nowadays I do keep those gray and blonde based together in one colony to ensure a good pattern on the males.
They're pretty hardy and remarkable profilic. Thusfar (2017) it's a great looking new variety of the tiger hybrid endler.
Tiger hybrid galaxy
This strain has been created by me through a hybridization. I had galaxy roundtail var. red guppies. Unfortunately, I've lost my females becoz' of a period of extreme heat conditions during the summer (2012). I wasn't able to get new females. For this group came from Braunschweig (Germany) and they were out of them as well. In the Netherlands the roundtail version of the galaxy turned out rare. Only the triangle and delta were available. In order to try to recreate a similar strain, I've placed a couple of female tiger hybrid endlers together with my few galaxy males. The result is not quite there but the juvenile males do have both specific appearances of both galaxy and tiger hybrid.
It does have the slender body type of the tiger hybrid. The tail is almost like a roundtail and the pattern in its tail seems like a galaxy. Also some red in their tails is occuring on the golden base just like their dads.
At the end I want the tails to be more round as they are shown overhere. How great would it be to have a slender roundtail endler?
Tiger hybrid galaxy endlers in their tank
Hopefully, by the end of this 2012, this strain will be pure in further linebreeding.
Flare red scarlet
Mid last year (2011), fry was born in my group of red scarlets. Partially grey and partially blond. This group have been kept pure. So never been mixed with other strains. A mutation occured and I've been seperating all blondes within two weeks from the grey ones. I was curious how the blond ones would develop. It didn't take too long before more blond offspring occured and again I've put them together with all the blond fry which were born before. I also added extra blonde virgin endler hybrid females to the colony. And I have developed them to a pure breeding strain of blonde red scarlets.
Note: Red scarlet (chili) endler is a hybrid strain which does have guppy influence. It could be that in that guppy line a blonde gene was present eventhough the used guppies could've been phenotypical gray.
While letting them mature, it was obvious that all males were developing like normal red scarlets. But instead of a grey base, they started off with a blonde base. The black bar which a regular male red scarlet has was replaced by a white-yellow bar. And there are specimens which are missing out on a bar on both sides of the body. This strain reproduces pure and seems very profilic.
Besides red scarlet bodies, also magenta bodies are occuring. Becoz' of the blonde base, the magenta look appears a bit more yellow-pink. I've named this strain flare (= blond) red scarlet. In my point of view a very logical name to give them...
Although, the intend was to create males with just slight doublesword s the way it was with the regular grey based ones, some males do develop a closed caudal fin.
I've noticed that this strain which I've called flare red scarlet is also called "red flare" by others. Just like more strains, people tend to call them differently after a while. This change of name is something we can't avoid as it seems.
Crimson red scarlet
Another mutation of my red scarlets is my so-called crimson red scarlet. This strain has almost the same appearance like the red scarlet but more black markings are visible on the males' bodies. In 2010 I've started selecting them from my regulare red scarlet (aka chili endlers) strain and mixed more tuxedo blood into it. This resulted in more black markings on te body of all males.
I'm so proud that this strain is developing the way I would like to see it.The name "Crimson" relates to a red colour but also to ancient time when pirates were still conquering the oceans. The colours red and black always cross my mind when I think of pirates. It's also a rebellious thing and in some way this type of red scarlet endler reminds me of that. That's why I named this strain "crimson red scarlet".
Just like the regular red scarlet also within this strain there are magenta males. Overhere on this pic is shown a larger magenta male.
All the males have a standard black spot in the tail. Also the black bar is present but not as clear as the regular red scarlet. I do have to admit that I love this version much better than the regular red scarlet.
Like the regular red scarlet, both the störzbach-gene and the magenta-gene are very present. So, you'll find both characteristics in a certain number of the male offspring.
Below, some male offspring with such phenotypes.
Just like some other strains of mine, these are distributed for some years now and they go by other names as well these days. In Germany they're also called "Schwarzbunter scarlet" and some call them "Spotted red scarlet". And for sure also other breeders have created a similar strain for it's not that hard to create this.
A natural mutation within my group of yellow top swords occured at the beginning of this year (2012). A few males began to colour pinkish and a flametail. I didn't seperate them from that specific tank. A month later I put some of these males into a tank with mix endlers. While more of these similar mutations were developing (depsite of the fact that my yts are all N-class), I decided to put these males together with some sisters in one of my paludariums. The new male offspring are exactly like the fathers and it shows up being a dominant gene.
On this picture the male looks orange but in fact it looks really metallic pink. In hardly no way it looks similar to the yts anymore. With the exception of the black tip on the dorsal fin which is also very typical for the yts.
It's a very interesting appearance and becoz' of its pinky body; I've named this strain "cherry pink".
A strain of snakeskin hybrids with a blond base was realized this year (2012) as well. These blond snakeskins are the results of intercrossing a male snakeskin endler x a female flare (blond) endler. First results was a whole bunch of regular flare endlers and just one male blond snakeskin. This male was used to cross with certain sisters and about 40% was regular flare endlers (recognizable males) the other part (of the males) were blond snakeskins. Now, the new offspring of all the blond snakeskin males and their sisters are blond snakeskins.
They're also more ferm than a regular snakeskin endler.
The juvenile male in front is starting to get his snakeskin pattern on his body. The black bar which is typical for a male snakeskin endler has turned into an orange bar on the flare snakeskin endler's chest.
Ever since 2014 I do breed them with more red markings on both shoulder and tail.
In January 2016 also some albino snakeskins were born but within the whole line they turned out reccesive in comparison to the black eyed ones. Also less red markings were present on the albinos.
In order to create another version of the orchid endler, I was brainstorming for a while. But in some way my favourite colour "blue" stayed in my head. So, I thought: how nice would it be to create a blue orchid endler?
So, in fall 2013 I've started to set up a special tank to accomplish this goal. The results are already a fact and I've got a nice group of blue orchids swimming back home.
The bottomswords differ at each individual male regarding the colouration. Some have blue, white or red bottomswords.
I've refined this strain a bit more (2016) and the results are perfect to me...
Most males have the black hat which is typical to the original orchid endler. The slender bodyshape has been respected the way it is with the N-class version.
A real beauty of an orchid endler...
Back in 2013, I've started a new project. Wanted to create a strain which looked a bit like snakeskin but with a different touch. I've started off using some of my yellow top sword endlers by outcrossing them with blond snakeskin doublesword guppies (so, no endlers). It took a while to select the right offspring and went forward with those.
Below a picture of some which was taken by Tieme de Vries. He's just like me a co-host at The Guppy Book on Facebook (since late 2015). They occur with and without red markings.
Besides the grey based ones also blond based ones have occured.
Further on, this strain is very profilic and quite hardy. A nice looking hybrid endler which looks a bit different from the regular snakeskin endler.
Since fall 2013 I've started a new project to create a white endler.
Using culled flare red scarlets of which the red body colour became more faded because of the intensity of the störzbach-gene and the magenta-gene, I've created the white endler version.
I've bred this strain forward till somewhere end 2015. They're born blonde based. The female remains blonde. Unfortunately, this specific strain collapsed and I haven't regained the strain again.
Orange peacock DS
In spring 2015 I've iniated a project to create a shorter bodied guppy strain with orange fins, doubleswords and a peacock on the shoulder and on the caudal.
No endler influence, btw... But one of the breeders was the Rio casanay wildguppy. Also a ginga strain (Gingas have wildguppy blood as well and no endler influence) and a filigree spadetail guppy. A fourth bloodline remains a secret to others.
It took me about 18 months to get them to breed steady and pure.
Below: two young developing males.
In summer 2015 I've started to create the moscow lace. I purchased a small group of spotted lace doubleswords early spring 2015. Some male offspring of this group developed flagtails. In summer 2015 I've selected a couple of male flagtails and put them together with some virgin black moscow females.
It took me about a year to get them right. I didn't want to create a delta or triangle shaped tail with the males. Ultimately, the tailshape of each male was a combination of delta, flag, swallow and crowntail.
The males body shows black (bluish). Some better than the other. With lace pattern in the dorsal and caudal. females however showed a yellowish coloration in their tail and some on their caudal penducle. And at some point there were females developing with a bit of lace pattern in their fins.
Filigree topsword blonde (hybrid)
I use to have filigree topsword guppies (both grey and blonde based). First ones I've purchased from Peter and Astrid Raschke.
At some point I ran out of them and just one blonde male was left. I couldn't find new ones in my neighbourhood. And for sure an lfs wouldn't be selling them. So, I had to become creative. I knew that the females of the flare red scarlets (endler hyrbids) were recessive for the genes of their own strain. So, I used virgin females of the flare red scarlets. The males of the F1, showed all the filigree pattern but no topsword yet. I've crossed a number of the daugthers back to the father. The male offspring of those crosses were a bit smaller and showed a slight thin topsword. The bodyshape showed more endler characteristics at that point. These males were crossed to the females of the F1 that were kept seperate from the others. The male offspring of that crossing looked exactly like the original male used. And the topswords they develop are (a bit thinner than the original) as long as the guppy version. Even the bodylength is like the original guppy version. Thusfar they do breed true...
It's a nice strain and a good alternative for the original filigree topsword guppy.