Guppies or Endlers
I recently wanted to start a guppy tank rather cheap so I bought 3 pairs of adult guppies and 24 babies which where advertised as guppies. Now that they are starting to show their colors I'm questioning whether they are guppies or endless just wanted an opinion from you guys. Also when i bought the mystery fish i got females that have this weird curve in their spine, only two or three have it and no males do wondering if this was common or not.
Those are common male guppies, they aren't Endlers..just the basic male guppy. The S shaped curve is probably a birth defect, but can also be a sign of fish tuberculosis. If it were me, I would cull them, as I wouldn't want them to pass on those genes if they end up breeding. Also it will probably get worse as they grow, and they usually don't survive an overly long time :/.
I also have to agree I would get the crooked spine ones out asap either in there own tank where the cannot breed or cull them. Normally it is a genetic defect they will pass it on and normally they have a shorter life span.
what is the best way to cull fish?
If you are asking for the best way to euthanize them it is Finquel (MS-222). It is accepted as the most humane method in the trade. However, I understand that is a chemical not normally available to most people. Clove oil is a good alternative; it can be found at your local pharmacy. Here is an excerpt from this website, Euthanasia , about how to euthanize with clove oil:
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