Montezuma Swordtail (Xiphophorus montizumae)
76 Litres (20 US G.)
6.4-7.6cm (2.5-3 ")
7.0 - 7.8
21.1-25°C (70 -77 °F)
This animal is available captive bred
- Montezuma Swordtail
Additional scientific names
- Montezuma helleri, Xiphophorus montezuma
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Males have an exceptionally long "sword" on their tail. Females have a fan shaped anal fin and males have a stick shaped anal fin. They produce up to 50 live fry every 4-8 weeks.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- This fish is compatible with other similar sized peaceful community fish, although males will display to other Swordtail males. Do not keep with fin-nippers such as Serpae Tetras or Tiger Barbs.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Will accept a variety of foods including pellets, flake and live/frozen food.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Feed once or twice a day.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- Requires a mature spacious tank which should be well planted with some open swimming space. A soft current is desirable.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- An active fish which is happiest in groups (more females than males) and a prolific spawner. Should generally be peaceful although males will display to one another and may do the same to other Swordtail species.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- Males have extremely long "swords" in comparison to other species of swordtails. They generally have pale orange bodies with darker orange striping.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )