Limia Perugia, Boca de Cachon - Back to Limia Perugia Page

    Common Name- Limia Perugia, Boca de Cachon
    Water conditions- Slightly harder water, and pH of 7.4 - 8.0,  plants, 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 been
    kept by specialty hobbyists for many years. However, maintaining these appropriately is especially important as they are
    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 feedings
    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 at
    least 130 - 150 ppm hardnes.

    There is no need to keep them too warm, and they will do well at 74-78.

    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 Daphnia
    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 55's
    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.

    Good luck!




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