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How to look after
A male Limia melanogaster *blue*
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(Other members of the genus Limia)
ADULT SIZE: 4 cm
WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately hard and alkaline
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C
FOOD: Feed Limia melanogaster small live-foods and fine grade dried foods
AQUARIUM CARE: These livebearers are easy to keep; they will largely look after themselves, eating most foods offered, and grazing on algae when present. Green food should be a part of any Limia diet: shelled peas, blanched courgette or cucumber, lettuce etc. Like most livebearers they prefer slightly harder alkaline water.
BREEDING: Limias are livebearers; the male has a gonopodia (see top image) and the (larger) female gives birth to around 15 live young. The black bellied Limia reproduces as prolifically as any guppy.