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Painted Swordtail
(Xiphophorus helleri)
Painted Swordtail
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Assorted
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 64-82° F, KH 12-30, pH 7.0-8.3
Max. Size 4"
Origin Malaysia
Family Poeciliidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Painted Swordtail is a wonderful new color morph of the popular Swordtail. As the name suggests, the Painted Swordtail sports a playful color pattern with an overlay of irregular patches of black, as if splashed with black paint. The overall effect is dramatic. The Painted Swordtail is a contradiction that is at once, vibrant yet subdued making it a truly desirable addition soon to be a topic of conversation among swordtail aficionados.

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

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

Customer Testimonials

Gwen W Chicago , IL
Arrived alert and intact, looking just like the picture!
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