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Common name: Swordtail
Scientific name: Xiphophorus helleri, though many aquarium varieties are cultivated strains and may be hybrids of different Xiphophorus species.
Synonyms: (none)
Size: Males up to 10cm, females slightly larger.
Origin: Central America
Tank setup: Planted community aquarium, with open swimming space.
Compatibility: May be slightly aggressive, but generally compatible as a community fish. Keep 2-3 females per male to avoid constant harrasment of a single female.
Temperature: 21-26C
Water chemistry: Medium hard and slightly alkaline, pH 7.0-8.0
The addition of salt to the tank is not necessary.
Feeding: Will eat most aquarium foods, use flake, granular and frozen or live foods to vary the diet.

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Sexing: Only males have the 'sword' and a gonopodium (modified anal fin). Females have a gravid patch. Breeding: A livebearer. The female is best removed to a separate tank to give birth. There may be 20-80 or more young, depending on the size of the female. Comments: A large number of colour varieties have been produced, and forms with an additional 'sword' on the upper tail fin.

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