07-20-2010, 11:41 PM
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Halfbeaks are not rare. Guppies, platies, swords and mollies are far from the only readily obtainable livebearers. I have at least a dozen livebearers from the goodeid group of species that bear no resemblance to them, along with Brachyrhaphis roseni, Limias of two different species and even Xenophallus, Heterandria formosa and even Girardinus metallicus, "black chins". Livebearers in a typical pet shop are an almost insignificant selection compared to the wide number available, even to a typical amateur breeder like me. Please don't take this as a criticism. If you have not been exposed to the rich selection of species available to a livebearer enthusiast, it is not your fault but that of the shops who only stock the most popular of species.