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Neoheterandria elegans

2 Neoheterandria elegans females © Clint Norwod
By Clint Norwood
Species/genus: Neoheterandria elegans
Also known as: Tiger Teddy
Origin: Columbia
Temp: 75 - 85°F (24 - 30°C)
Temperament: Females will flare and display but no harm is done. Elegans is a very tiny and shy species and need a tank of their own
Adult Size: females 1 in (2.5cm), the males are smaller
Minimum Tank Size: 5 gallon
Feeding: Baby Brine Shrimp, and other small live or frozen foods
Breeding: Livebearer, it reproduces in much the same way as Heterandria formosa, the female will drop 3 or 4 fry a day for up to a week.
Comments: Neoheterandria elegans is a very rare (in the aquarium hobby) tiny livebearer from the rivers of Columbia. This fish needs a species tank as it's size and shyness makes it a poor candidate for a community tank. In time elegans might be trained to accept flake foods, but they clearly enjoy baby brine shrimp and small daphnia.

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