Xiphophorus maculatus

77F
Explanation of the symbols

64F
Family : Poeciliidae
Origin : Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras
Length : 6 cm - 2,5"
Min.length aquarium : 70 cm - 27"
English names : Moonfish , Platy, Southern platyfish
Peaceful fish that can be kept in a community aquarium.  The aquarium should be heavily planted on the sides and background.   In the middle you should leave much free swimming space.  A cover of floating plants is necessary to provide a refuge for young.  The plants should be suited for hard water like Vallisneria and Javafern.

They are omnivorous but they prefer algae.  Frozen and dry food are accepted as well.

Breeding is very easy.  Every 4-6 weeks up to 80 young fishes are born. They hide between the roots of floating plants.  You can feed them with crushed dry food and baby brine shrimp.

 

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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