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         Limia nigrofasciata, Lake Miragoane, Haiti 
 

     Common Name- Humpback Limia

    Water conditions- Not Critical, Plants, Water Changes,
    Good Aeration and Filtration with some Water Movement.

    Behavior-Peaceful Community Fish, Dominant Males
    Will Spar with One Another, but it Never leads to Injury.
    Peaceful with other Fish.

    Breeding: 5-20 Young approx. every 30 Days

    Size: 2 inches

    Price-  $7.50
    6 fry- $30.00
 
   

    This oddly shaped fish is from Lake Miragoane, Haiti. The pictures above are of newly
    adult fish, and the male will continue to deepen in body until he will become almost 
    circular. These are a very distinctive looking fish, yet they are not consistently found in
    the hobby. The video available from the homepage has older males to observe.

    Appreciative of live foods, they also do well when their diet is supplemented with 
    spirulina flake or algea tabs. These also do very well with regular feedings of frozen 
    brine shrimp or bloodworms.

    They do best in tanks of 20 gallons or larger, with some plants. Water quality seems to be
    important for this species. My success at keeping them has depended upon keeping the
    aquarium fairly clean, with regular water changes. I have found that when raising a batch
    of young in a 10 gallon aquarium they need to be moved to a larger tank at no later than
    about 6 weeks, or the decline in water quality will cause them to begin to die off.

    Similar to the Tiger Limia, 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, darkened dorsal fin), but this is infrequent. Often, when a young pair
    is requested it will be a pair that may be one fish assumed to be a female shipped with
    one of these young males. The result is that the pair could end up being an immature
    unsexed-out large male, sent with a smaller, early developing male. Added to that,
    this species travels best when small. For this reason, I recommend that rather than
    obtaining 2 or 3 pair ($30 or $45), choose a group of 6 fry (2-4 months old- and I
    always send extras- $30). This way, odds are best that large, full sized pairs will result.

    Like any livebearer, some fry will be eaten in the confines of an aquarium unless 
    the female is removed to have her young, which are then raised separately until old 
    enough to fend for themselves. They are hardy when provided with a clean environment
    and plants to hide in. Dominant males develop striking black markings within a sail 
    type dorsal fin, and will generally be out patrolling the front of the aquarium. They are  
    not aggressive with other fish, but the males can be scrappy with one another, though 
    injuries are rare. For more information, see the Care Guide for this species, here.
   

 

          

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