Striped or speckled limia (Poecilia vittata) belongs to the Pecilia family (Poeciliidae).
The fish of Limia has a dense and elongated body, but compressed laterally. Large eyes, despite a small head and upturned mouth. The fin is rounded and has a wide caudal stem. The color of the fish is brown, starting with a light shade and ending with a greenish one. Dark spots or spots cover the entire body. Males are smaller - up to 8 cm and have gonopodia (genital organ), and females grow more than 10 cm.
Limia is omnivorous, can eat crustaceans and worms, as well as algae and substitutes, it is also possible to feed with dry food.
Maintenance and care
It is better for this species to live in flocks in an aquarium from 80-100 liters at a comfortable temperature of 22 - 26 ° C. Plant a lot of algae in the aquarium, while leaving space for swimming. For soil use pebbles and lighting close to natural.
Breeding a species like Limia is not a difficult process, as it is a live-bearing fish. As soon as a rounded abdomen appears, the female should be planted in a separate aquarium with plants, fed with live food so that she does not eat fry. After the fry appear, the female is precipitated from them. You can start feeding fry immediately with cyclops or live dust.