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
live foods, they also do well
when their diet is supplemented with spirulina
flake or algea tabs.
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.
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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