Select Aquatics of Erie, CO

              Limia Perugia Boca de Cachon


             pH - 7.5-8.2  / Temp- 74-80  /   Hardness- Moderate / Water movement- Yes      

             Aeration- Yes /   Live Food - Some, Yes / Live Plants- Yes /  Gestation - 30 Days 

             Brood Size - 10-20 / Prey on Young- Generally, No /  Water Changes - 50%+ weekly,
                                  20 or 10% at a time.

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     Price - Six 2-4 Month
    Old Unsexed
= $50



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This is a very special fish, and will need to be maintained in a species only tank. These are not yet
available, but if you are interested in them, please email me, and with only this fish, I will set up a
wait list to get fish out as they become available.

Currently they must be supplied to select labs so that the population can be maintained, and that should
be completed by October 1, 2018. At that point, orders of two pairs should be available in limited

For those looking for an opportunity to personally affect the existence of a population of a fish,
this is the fish. These I am carefully raising here are very likely the last of this population of
this fish in the world.
If you do not wish to take optimum care of this fish in a species only tank, 
toward the effort to save this fish from extinction, then please wait until they are in greater supply-
I do hope to offer these routinely for sale.

                 Here is why they may be gone, and how I came to posses them.

This fish is possibly the most attractive population of Limia perugia that exists. When originally
collected, these fish were over 3 inches long, and covered in bright blue spangles. Their size had
been reduced through years of being kept in laboratory conditions, but I have been raising them here
on a variety of live and frozen foods, and I have been getting them back to over 2 inches.

This fish was first collected by Dr. Alex Cruz, Dr. Pablo Weaver and Nate Goldstein in 2003 from
the Dominican Republic, and maintained at Colorado University until the retirement of Dr. Cruz 
in 2013.

Rising lake levels of the hyper saline Lake Enriquillo caused great losses of farms and
settlers along the lake, including the local freshwater springs and canals, including the
areas where this fish existed. Other reports of damage to the area by recent Hurricanes
has made further searches for this fish difficult. A collecting trip is being planned for 2019
to see if this fish can still be found.

This population was maintained in a large, shallow public wading area, with large amounts of
insects at the water surface, and had grown to become a particularly brightly colored and large
sized fish, distinct from other Limia Perugia populations.

Dr. Cruz's fishroom was closed earlier this year, and I was contacted to adopt this line from his
collection. I received about 40 fish. I am familiar with this population, having been at the lab when 
they first arrived.

These are not difficult to keep, but they do require consistent water quality with minimal
substrate, good filtration, aeration and live plants in a tank of 29 gallons or larger. These
can be kept alive on dry foods, but to reproduce and grow at best color they should be fed
live or frozen baby brine shrimp, in combination with other types of frozen and live foods,
supplemented by a quality dry food. Live or Frozen Daphnia is particularly preferred.
Consistent water quality through routine, consistent water changes is essential.

When healthy and doing well they can be quite prolific, releasing 10-25 fry after a
30 day gestation.

The Care Page on this species for more information can be seen HERE.


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     The females are slightly larger
      Than the males, entirely silver  
      with fine black dotting on the


     To the  left are recent pics showing efforts to increase their size
     through increased water management, and addition of daily
     2x per day feedings of live and frozen daphnia and Brine Shrimp,
     in addition to 1-2x per day dry food feedings.






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