Limia melanogaster - Black-bellied limia
Stunning captive bred fish.
L. melanogaster is endemic to Jamaica. It is not often seen for sale in the hobby.
Max Size: Male 1.6″ Female 2″
Min Tank Size: 10 Gallon
Breeding: Easy. Reproduces in the usual livebearer fashion. Planted tank for cover including floating plants is also a good idea. The adult fish are less cannibalistic than many livebearer species and can be left in the aquarium if so desired. Each brood may contain 20-50 fry, and gestation takes between 4-6 weeks. The fry are large enough to take newly hatched brine shrimp or powdered flake from birth, although they take several months to exhibit adult colouration.
Gender Identification: The male is smaller and possesses a gonopodium.
Compatibility: Peaceful and can be combined with other small hard water tolerant fish.
Care: Temp 72-82F pH 7.5-8.5
Notes: This species was originally classified in the genus Limia before this was made a sub-genus of Poecilia. Confusingly they have been reclassified once more into Limia, but are still referred to as members of Poecilia in much of the available literature.