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Koi Swordtail
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Koi Swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri)

Quick Stats

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

The Koi Swordtail is a much sought after color morph of the popular swordtails. Contrasting deep reddish orange marks wrap around a brilliant white, semi-transparent body to create a showcase fish that is both stunning and fairly easy to breed.

The male Koi Swordtail has flowing, feathered fins with a distinct extension on the lower part of the tail, resembling a sword. Even though the female does not have the distinguishing, sword-like tail, her koi coloration makes her a showstopper. The Koi Swordtail makes a beautiful and graceful addition to any aquarium.

Koi Swordtails require an aquarium of at least 30 gallons that is well planted with plenty of room for swimming. Like other Swordtails, the Koi Swordtail is a jumper, so be sure to provide an adequate cover over the aquarium. Peaceful in nature, the Koi 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. Koi 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 Koi Swordtail is an omnivore that will eat commercially prepared flaked foods, freeze dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp as well as algae.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"

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Customer Testimonials

Greg New York , NY
Very attractive and colorful swordtail variety. I purchased 4 pairs. They are all in great shape. I look forward to raising some of their babies!
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