Xiphophorus xiphidium

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Family : Poeciliidae
Origin : Mexico, Central America
Length : 5 cm - 2"
Min.length aquarium : 60 cm - 25"
English name : Spike Tail Platy
Peaceful fish that you can keep in almost every community aquarium.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  In the middle you should leave a lot of free swimming space.  It is not wise to keep them together with other Xiphophorus species, because they crossbreed and crossbreeding is unwanted.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.  A great part of the food should be vegetable.

Breeding is easy.  They are viviparous and young fishes regularly are born.  You should create enough hiding places between the roots of (floating) plants.  You can raise the young fishes with Artemia-nauplii and fine crushed dry food.

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