Scientific name: Xiphophorus helleri
The Swordtail grows to 3.5 inches and appears in a variety of color patterns. This live-bearer is hardy as long as excellent water quality and frequent partial water changes are provided. It is an accomplished jumper, so a full aquarium hood with close-fitting openings for the filter and heater should be used. Males can become aggressive toward each other, so a tank should hold only one.
The Swordtail does well at a water temperature between 70º and 78º Fahrenheit with a pH of 7.0 to 8.3 and water that is moderately to relatively hard. It will eat all flake and freeze-dried foods and should be offered live brine shrimp occasionally.
To learn more about freshwater aquariums, see:
- Aquarium Basics
- How to Choose Aquarium Equipment
- How to Set Up an Aquarium
- How to Maintain an Aquarium
- How to Choose Aquarium Fish
- How to Care for Aquarium Fish
- Freshwater Aquarium Fish