When it is in peak condition, the Black-barred Livebearer is a delightful species with vertical black body bars, black patches in the dorsal fin, light blue in the pelvic and anal fins, and a silvery chest and belly. This small species can be kept in very small tanks—in fact, in aquaria that are too large, Black-barred Livebearers have a tendency toward dwarfism.
Other common name
- Barred Topminnow
- Western Cuba.
- Males up to 1 in (2.5cm); females up to 1 1/2n (4cm).
- Retiring shoaler. Must not be kept with boisterous tankmates.
- Livefoods preferred, but other diets accepted; a vegetable component is recommended.
- Densely planted, with surface vegetation and little water movement. Clean, slightly alkaline, medium-hard water is preferred. Temperature range: 75-82 F (24-28 C).
- Broods numbering on average around 25-30 fry are produced every 5-8 weeks.