Common Name: Striped limia
Location: Dominican Republic
Temperature: 72°C – 75°C
Size: Male 4cm, Female 5cm
Food: lettuce, spirulina flake, live white worms, brine shrimp various frozen food and flake
These small limias are live bearers and closely related to guppies and mollies. They are a very active fish, always on the move mid-water. They are a good community fish although they don’t have a lot of colour. As they are so closely related to guppies, mollies & other limias it’s not a good idea to keep them in the same tank as they will cross (or try to). It is however safe to put them in with platies, swordtails or any egg laying species (not that the male L. zonata seems to care who he tries to mate with).
I have found that L. zonata have fairly small broods of fry. One of the reasons for this could be that they will actively eat the fry unless you have supplied plenty of hiding spaces in the form of Java moss, Java fern, Indian fern, floating mops and large pebbles on the bottom. Once you see the fry I always remove the parents as this seems to give them a better start. The fry are large enough to eat fine flake, micro worm, and brine shrimp from day one. They grow quickly and by the time they are eight weeks old they are starting to sex out.
Closing note: if you notice that you have males in the tank, any females will probably be gravid