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Knife Livebearer



Picture of Knife Livebearer

Photo contributed by Helena S. , Black Sunshine

Common name:Knife Livebearer
Scientific name:Alfaro cultratus
Synonyms:(none)
Size:3" (7.5cm), females slightly larger.
Origin:Nicaragua to western Panama
Tank setup:Well planted tank with good circulation.
Compatibility:Mix with other community fish which are not too aggressive.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft to hard, around neutral pH (6.5-7.5).
Feeding:Carnivore: will accept flake as well as live and frozen foods.
Sexing:Males have a gonopodium and longer ventral fins.
Breeding:Liveberaer, anywhere between 20-100 fry may be produced.
Comments: The common name refers to a keel shape formed by overlapping scales between the vent and tail fin.

 

 

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