Tag Archives: Limia

Limia vittata

19. July 2019

We have received a very charming lifebearer from a breeder from Thailand: Limia vittata. This species, which originally comes from Cuba, has been known aquaristically for a long time: the first import date is 1913. In the hobby, however, the animals are only sporadically available. That is hardly to be understood, because each animal has an individually different spot pattern, whereby a swarm presents itself very attractively.

With a length of up to 10 cm, females are among the largest species of livebearing toothcarps, if this information is correct. Sometimes it is hard to resist the impression that even in the past the authors sometimes “went through the nags” and they produced some angler Latin… but in any case you should provide the animals with the largest possible aquariums so that they can grow out.

For our customers: the animals have code 424892 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Poecilia (Limia) tridens

15. March 2019

There is no agreement on the systematic position of the livebearers living on the Caribbean islands. According to anatomical characteristics, the genus Limia is today mostly regarded as synonymous with Poecilia, but they have so many independent characteristics that Limia is almost always mentioned as a subgenus. 

Aquaristically this is not so important whether Limia is a genus or a subgenus; it is much more important that they are beautiful animals. We currently have P. tridens in our assortment as pond offspring from Southeast Asia. All Limia species love warmth and should therefore be cared for at temperatures above 24°C. So that strongly coloured, dominant males form, these animals should be kept in swarms if possible, i.e. several males with several females. All Limia species need vegetable supplementary food; algae, vegetable-based flake food, scalded salad, spinach or dandelion cover this need.

For our customers: the animals have code 424873 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer