Swordtail - Xiphophorus hellerii
Scientific name: Xiphophorus hellerii
Common name: Swordtail
Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 12 cm (3.94 - 4.72 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 12 - 18°N (214.29 - 321.43ppm)
0°C 32°F30°C 86°F
Recommended temperature: 21 - 28 °C (69.8 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Pseudo-Livebearer
Where the species comes from: Central America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Top levels
Granules and flakes. You can feed Swordtails worms sometimes. If feed properly, males are nicely coloured. However, Swordtails lose colours if other fish harass them.
Males are smaller than females. Also see the pictures below for proper sexing.
Very easy. You will not probably need any tips. They breed non-stop.
These fish can be found in Guatemala and southern Mexico.
Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.