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Blackbelly Limia

blackbelly limia

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Scientific Name:   Limia melanogaster      
Min. Tank Size:   20 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful/Males may harass females      
Temperature:   72-82°F      
pH:   7.5-8.5/20-30°dGH      
Size:   2"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Livebearer      


Can be kept with other small, hard water-tolerant fish such as Mollies, Guppies, Platies, etc.

Blackbelly Limia

Native to Jamaica, the Blackbelly Limia can usually be found in schools living in small streams. These fish have an overall gray coloration that may or may not have a blueish sheen. Both males and females of this species exhibit dark vertical bars on the rear half of the body and males of the species have additional dark bands on the dorsal fin. These fish are named for the dark coloration of their bellies which is particularly prominant in females of the species.

Tank Set-up

The Blackbelly Limia is not often seen in the aquarium hobby but, due to their peaceful nature, they make good tank mates for many smaller species of fish. This species is best kept in densely planted tanks that provide both surface cover and open areas for swimming.


These fish are omnivorous and likely to accept any food they are given. To ensure proper nutrition, however, it is wise to feed these fish a variety of live, frozen and flake foods in addition to vegetable matter in the form of algae or fresh vegetables.


Breeding Blackbelly Limia is typically very easy and these fish reproduce in the fashion of most other Livebearers. The breeding tank should provide areas of heavy planting where the female can take shelter and there should also be some floating plants. After breeding has occurred, there will be a gestation period lasting between 4 and 6 weeks after which 20 to 50 live fry will be born.

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