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           Limia islai  "Tiger"  Lake Miragoane, Haiti

      Common Name- Tiger Limia

     Water conditions- Not Critical, 72-78 degrees, Plants, Water Changes,
                               Occasional Live Food, Vegetable in Diet. Hardy, but is
                               Sensitive to Chlorine and Sudden Changes in Water Quality

     Behavior-Peaceful Community Fish

     Breeding: 5-20 Young approx. every 30 Days

     Size: 2 inches

     Price: $10.00 each, 6 fry- $45.00   


      This fish has not yet been described. It was brought back from Lake Miragoane in Haiti
      about 2002 by Dominic Isla, initially misidentified as L.garnieri, then briefly thought to be
      a juvenile form of L. nigrofasciata. Later determined to be a new species, it has been
      found to be a genetically close relative of L. nigrofasciata.

      Not difficult to keep, it is an attractive fish where the number of bars differs from one fish
      to another, anywhere from 3 to 15. They will thrive and populate in a larger tank with some
      water movement, aeration and plants. Adding an algea supplement to their diet greatly
      increases their size and health. Though the population will increase if enough shelter is
      provided for the young, it is best to move gravid females to another tank, then raise the
      young separate from the adults until they are large enough to fend for themselves.

      Similar to Limia nigrofasciata, this species will sex out into males and females
      differently than the swords, guppies or mollies. All young look similar, appearing
      to be females. An occasional male will begin to show secondary sexual characteristics
      at 3-4 months (gonopodium), but this is infrequent. Added to that, this species
      travels best when small. For this reason, I recommend that rather than obtaining
      2 or 3 pair, choose a group of 6 fry (2-4 months old- and I always send extras for
      just $30). This way, odds are best that large, full sized pairs will result.

      I have found that as recently wild fish they can be sensitive to chlorine in the water. Where
      I might add as much as 40% chlorinated water into most tanks during a water change,
      with these I dechlorinate the water I add, or keep the amount going in to less than 20%
      to prevent losses. For more information on care of this species, click Here.



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