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Dwarf Livebearer - Heterandria formosa
Origin Tropical North America
Maximum Size: 1 inch
Care:These fish are quite hardy and will tolerate varied water conditions, but prefers slightly alkaline water. These fish like to be kept in groups. Temperature should be 68-74degrees Fahrenheit. The minimum tank size is 3 gallons.
Feeding: Be sure to provide a variety of foods, preferably live ones, because a nutritious, complete diet will enhance their colors and ensure good health. Keep in mind that they will eat their young if they are small enough.
Breeding: Breeding is easy with these fish, they breed in the typical livebearer style, See this article. The female gives birth over a period of 2 or more days
Sexing: Females grow larger than males.
Comments: This is the smallest of all livebearers, it is tan in colour and has various dark markings. These fish are expected to live no longer than two years. It should be kept with other peaceful fish which arenít much bigger.
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