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Sanshoku Swordtail
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Sanshoku Swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Red, White
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 64-82° F, KH 12-30, pH 7.0-8.3
Max. Size 4"
Origin China, Farm Raised
Family Poeciliidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Sanshoku Swordtail is an eye-catching color morph of the popular Swordtail. This recently developed variety has an exotic color pattern reminiscent of highly prized ornamental koi. The interplay between red, white, and black coloration produces a subtle, yet exquisite color pattern that instantly distinguishes the Sanshoku Swordtail from other swordtail varieties. The term "sanshoku" means "three colors" or "tri-color" in the Japanese language. The Sanshoku Swordtail is a beautiful and graceful addition to any aquarium.

The Swordtail is perhaps the quintessential community aquarium fish. The time-tested popularity of the Swordtail can be attributed to its ease of care, peaceful temperament, and wonderfully diverse fin and color varieties. The most common Swordtail varieties include: Red Wag, Red Velvet, Marigold, Black Nubian, Pineapple, and Neon Swordtail. The male Swordtail is especially prized for its namesake feature, the showy extension on the lower part of its tail resembling a sword.

The Sanshoku Swordtail requires an aquarium of at least 30 gallons that is well planted with plenty of room for swimming. Like other Swordtails, the Sanshoku Swordtail is a jumper, so be sure to provide an adequate cover over the aquarium. Peaceful in nature, the Sanshoku Swordtail is well suited for the community aquarium. Males can be aggressive toward one another so care should be taken when housing more than one. Sanshoku Swordtails are livebearers and can give birth to as many as 80 fry at one time. A spawning box is recommended, or if one is not available, dense floating cover should be provided to protect the fry from the adults.

The Sanshoku Swordtail is an omnivore that will eat commercially prepared flaked foods, freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, brine shrimp as well as algae.

Approximate Purchase Size: 2"

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