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.
a very distinctive looking fish, yet they are not consistently
found in the hobby.
The video available from the homepage has older males to
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
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
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
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
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,
males can be scrappy with one another, though injuries are rare.
For more information,
for this species, here.
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