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America's Own Livebearers

Meet three livebearers that aquarists can collect from their own backyards and keep.

By Bill Allen |

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Many of us in this fascinating hobby were introduced to it by that interesting group of fish known as livebearers. Some of us started out with a group of colorful guppies. Some were intrigued by any of the gorgeous swordtails and platies that have such a tremendous array of fin shapes and colors. In my case, my inspiration was a black molly that presented me with several broods of fat, healthy youngsters.

Whatever the reason, the livebearers remain a fascinating group. And unlike many of our familiar tropical fish families, we have representatives of the livebearer family right here in the United States. Hobbyists interested in both livebearers and fish native to the United States can combine their interests.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the May 2011 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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Chocolate Delight    Moose Pass, AK

9/3/2011 9:26:14 PM

I have a copy of the AFI May11 and loved this article. I just found it and apparently I had book-marked the livebearer Heterandria Formosa in this article as I would love to setup a species tank for them :)

Joel    East Earl, PA

4/8/2011 4:53:16 PM

I'd like to see more articles on native fishes in the aquarium.

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