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Limia melanogaster
Blackbelly Limia
(Günther, 1866)

Limia melanogaster - Blackbelly Limia - A male Limia melanogaster *blue*
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

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Haiti, Jamaica

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.

Have you bred Limia melanogaster? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Limia melanogaster breeding reports








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