Common Name- Limia Perugia,
Boca de Cachon
Water conditions- Slightly harder water, and pH of 7.4
water changes, good aeration and
filtration with some water.
movement. pH and Hardness are important.
Behavior- Peaceful community fish, dominant males will
spar with one another, but it never leads to injury.
Well behaved with other fish.
Breeding- 10 - 40 Young with a 30 day Gestation
Size- 2.5 inches, Original Wild Fish were 3-4 inches
Generally, this fish is no more difficult to keep than other
populations of the limia Perugia, which is a species that has
kept by specialty hobbyists for many years. However,
maintaining these appropriately is especially important as they
so rare, and second becuae they may be the most attractive
population of limia Perugia to be found in the wild.
When first collected, larger adults were close to 4 inches,
and males were a solid reflective blue with heavy black outlines
on the caudal and dorsal fins.
When fed a diet of only dry foods fed once a day, the line
quickly diminished in size, and anyone keeping this fish should
work toward returning them to their former wild size with
heavy water changes, consistent water quality, and daily
of live or frozen foods.
When there have been problems maintaining this fish here, the
issue is often the need for slightly harder
water or higher pH, and crushed coral is used here in a thin
substrate over approximately half of the tank bottoms. But
water quality here is 7.4 pH, with 90ppm hardness. Ideal
circumstances for this fish would likely be 7.6 - 7.8 pH, with
least 130 - 150 ppm hardnes.
There is no need to keep them too warm, and they will do well
Frozen or live foods most preferred by these Perugia include
frozen and live brine shrimp, and live Daphnia.
They will take frozen Daphnia, but not especially eagerly,
but live Daphnia are possibly their favorite live food. Live
is most responsible for the quickest growth and improvement
in overall size.
They do best in larger tanks, and adults should be kept in
tanks of 29 talls or larger, and the majority are maintained in
here. Young are raised up in 29 talls.
Females are removed to drop fry into a moderately planted 10
gallon tank of their own. The female is then removed as
soon as she has dropped, and the young are raised up for
approximately two weeks. Other gravid females can then be
added and the first group of fry act as dither fish, keeping
new fry from being eaten, and they are too large themselves to
be of interest by the adult females. Once a tank has reached
capacity, the young are grown out until they are ready to be
separated, and females are again added to drop their fry.
New fry are raised on frozen or live newly hatched baby brine
shrimp, fed 1-2x daily, in combination with a ground up
higher protein krill based Cichlid pellet, and standard
crushed flake foods.
Though tolerant of salt, they are not a brackish water fish
and should only be raised in freshwater. In fact, there are
studies done to show that the addition of salt with this
genus can restrict growth as a reflection of the extra effort
needed to extract oxygen from the salt water.
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