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Re: The Littlest Livebearer
Nice article Dave. Thank You do you have further plans for it ? Can we
put it on the website.
> The Littlest
> Madera, CA
dahall at lightspeed_net
>>From the bayous of Louisiana to the swamps and ditches of Florida and
>to the ponds of southeastern North Carolina the Least killie,
>formosa, lives its life relatively unnoticed because of its diminutive
>size. Yet this little livebearer deserves to be noticed by aquarists
>is easily kept and requires little attention.
>I have kept this little fish off and on for years and it has been one
>favorites because it is hardy and tolerates a variety of water
>so it can be kept it many places with local water. Temperature is not
>critical issue as with most native fish it tolerates a wide range of
>temperatures in its native range. In fact I once collected it in the
>Panhandle of Florida when it was so cold that the little fish froze to
>net when lifted out of the water, but recovered quite nicely when I
>in the water in my collecting bucket! H. formosa does well in
>that most tropical fish prefer 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
>I have collected the Least killie on several occasions in Florida and
>variety of locations from ditches in the panhandle to lakes in south
>central. In every instance they were most abundant in the aquatic
>vegetation. I believe plants are a must in the H. formosa tank so
>adult feel comfortable and that the babies can hide. During courtship
>males can become quite aggressive toward other males as well as toward
>females and so adequate cover should be provided. In good condition
>fish breed often, like many livebearers, but the female Least killies
>birth to several fry over a period of 3 to 4 days. Parents rarely eat
>their young and the babies will feed on infusoria found on algae,
>This little livebearer should have a tank of its own unless a suitable
>tankmate can be found that will not eat them as the females rarely
>1/5 inches and the males are only about 4/5 of an inch. Filtration is
>critical because H. formosa is usually often found in locations with
>oxygen levels. Regular water changes are highly recommended and are
>beneficial to the health of the fish.
>These are not beautiful fish but are far from ugly. They are
>with a broad black stripe running the length of the fish. The black
>on the dorsal and anal fins are very conspicuous and occasionally one
>find a mottled form. It has been reported that H. formosa has been
>with red spots and some take on a light golden hue.
>The Least killie is an easy fish to keep and an easy fish to breed.
>would be a good fish to use to introduce aquarists to the joys of
>fish keeping. I believe as more people discover this little
>will become a favorite of others. If you haven't tried H. formosa you
>in for a treat.
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