April 19, 2013
I just bought some fish that were sold to my local fish shop as Micropoecilia parae. I snaffled the only male and two females, thinking they didn't quite look right from my memory but not being very knowledgeable on livebearers looked forward to the challenge of identifying them.
After much looking around and finding very little info I reckon they most look like M. picta, but as they were apparently asian bred they could just end up being some cross with Guppies or Endler's. The females certainly have a normal dark egg patch and not the multiple smaller spots I saw on pics I found on the net. Will be interesting to see what the young will look like.
Either way if anyone has some advice on what they are, and the best requirements for them I will be glad to hear.
September 15, 2008
It is indeed the red morph of Micropoecilia picta and not M. parae. I haven't found M. picta to come mixed up with regular Guppy females, as M. parae sometimes is. It's been a couple of years since I kept this species but I can't recall the females having any special features that distinguishes them from Poecilia reticulata.
As for requirements they are not very picky. In the wild they seem to found in slightly brackish water but I kept mine without any addition of salt without any problems. So, avoid the extremes and they should do fine!
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