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Neoheterandria elegans - Elegant poeciliid, Tiger TeddyMagyarul / Hungarian
Neoheterandria elegans - Elegant poeciliid, Tiger TeddyNeoheterandria elegans - Elegant poeciliid, Tiger TeddyNeoheterandria elegans - Elegant poeciliid, Tiger TeddyNeoheterandria elegans - Elegant poeciliid, Tiger Teddy
  • Scientific name: Neoheterandria elegans
  • Common name: Elegant poeciliid, Tiger Teddy
  • Group: Livebearers
  • Habitat: South America; Columbia
  • Size: Male:2 cm, female:2,5 cm
  • Biotope: Found in the Rio Truando, usually in shallow water, with full of aquatic plants.
  • Social behavior: It is peaceful and shy, so it should be maintained in a species aquarium.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; small live foods - primarily Artemia nauplii - and finely ground flake foods.
  • Breeding: Easy
  • Tank: Minimum 20 litres
  • Population: 2 pairs for 30 litres
  • Decoration: A densely planted tank. Shelter in the form of Java moss and other fine-leaved plants should be present.
  • Temperature: 24-30 °C
  • pH: 7-8
  • Hardness: 10-20 NK°
  • Lifespan: 3 years

Description: Neoheterandria elegans is very rare in nature. Both males and females are a deep olive brown with six to nine vertical bands of varying width. The band under the dorsal fin widens into a wedge-shaped to round spot, which is bordered by an elegant metallic gold to amber ring, hence the name. In some specimens, this ring can even be orange or red. Unpaired fins are often dark gold to dark brown, outlined in a deep blue color. Their eyes are ringed in gold. Aquarium keeping is relatively easy, but the temperature needs to remain above 24 °C. Tiger Teddy tolerates soft water well. The best way to display them is in a small planted, species-only tank. They will spend most of their time out in the open, as long as they feel secure and have many places to hide if they feel threatened.

Males have a gonopodium, more intense colors, and a smaller, slimmer body. Provided the breeders receive good care and a superior diet, reproduction is unproblematic. Males perform a short little dance for the female, showing their spot and spreading their fins to the utmost in front of the female. If the female is receptive, she allows the male to mate with her, if not, she swims away. Rather than dropping her whole brood at once, during a 3-4 week period, the female births 1-4 young every 3-4 days. The offspring are very small - approximately 2-3 mm - and must be fed infusoria for the first few days. Parents rarely prey on their young.