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Pygmy Swordtail (Xiphophorus Pygmaeus)

$2499 CAD
SKU: 400000029047

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Pygmy Swordtail (Xiphophorus Pygmaeus)

Description

The Pygmy Swordtail (Xiphophorus pygmaeus), originating from northeastern Mexico, is a petite poeciliid fish perfect for aquarium enthusiasts. Here are key details for optimal care:

  1. Temperature: Maintain a water temperature between 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C) to ensure the well-being of your Pygmy Swordtails.

  2. Minimum Size Tank: Provide a tank with a minimum size of 10 gallons. Larger tanks are preferable, allowing more swimming space and promoting natural behaviors.

Feeding Habits: The Pygmy Swordtail is an omnivore. Offer a balanced diet, including high-quality flakes, pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia.

Habitat Preference: Mimic their natural habitat with soft bottoms and large stands of submerged plants, like Sagittaria. The addition of fine-leaved aquatic plants, such as Ceratophyllum demersum, is recommended.

Water pH Level: Maintain a slightly alkaline to neutral pH level between 7.0 and 7.5 for optimal health.

Behavior: Pygmy Swordtails exhibit interesting behavior. They are generally peaceful but may engage in a "sneak-chase" strategy for mating. Provide hiding spots and open swimming areas in the aquarium.

These fish tend to prefer schooling. Keeping them in groups of six or more individuals is recommended to promote natural behaviors and reduce stress.

Pygmy Swordtails are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day. Observe their vibrant colors and social interactions during daylight hours.

Color: The base color is typically gray-brown. Both small and large males may display a rare yellow color morph, although flashy individuals are rare in nature due to predation risks.

Caring for Pygmy Swordtails requires attention to detail. Ensure excellent filtration, perform regular water changes, and avoid soft water or temperatures exceeding 24°C. Creating an environment that mirrors their natural habitat with appropriate plant life enhances their well-being. Enjoy the beauty and charm of the Pygmy Swordtail in your aquarium with proper care and attention to their specific needs.

Specifications

  • Category
    Livebearers
  • Species Type
    Swordtails
  • Water Temperature
    72°F to 78°F
  • Minimum Tank Size
    10 Gallons
  • Water pH Level
    Alkaline, Neutral
  • Habitat Preference
    Hiding Spots, Planted Tanks
  • Behaviour
    Community Fish, Semi-aggressive, Schooling

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Pygmy Swordtail (Xiphophorus Pygmaeus)

$2499 CAD

The Pygmy Swordtail (Xiphophorus pygmaeus), originating from northeastern Mexico, is a petite poeciliid fish perfect for aquarium enthusiasts. Here are key details for optimal care:

  1. Temperature: Maintain a water temperature between 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C) to ensure the well-being of your Pygmy Swordtails.

  2. Minimum Size Tank: Provide a tank with a minimum size of 10 gallons. Larger tanks are preferable, allowing more swimming space and promoting natural behaviors.

Feeding Habits: The Pygmy Swordtail is an omnivore. Offer a balanced diet, including high-quality flakes, pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia.

Habitat Preference: Mimic their natural habitat with soft bottoms and large stands of submerged plants, like Sagittaria. The addition of fine-leaved aquatic plants, such as Ceratophyllum demersum, is recommended.

Water pH Level: Maintain a slightly alkaline to neutral pH level between 7.0 and 7.5 for optimal health.

Behavior: Pygmy Swordtails exhibit interesting behavior. They are generally peaceful but may engage in a "sneak-chase" strategy for mating. Provide hiding spots and open swimming areas in the aquarium.

These fish tend to prefer schooling. Keeping them in groups of six or more individuals is recommended to promote natural behaviors and reduce stress.

Pygmy Swordtails are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day. Observe their vibrant colors and social interactions during daylight hours.

Color: The base color is typically gray-brown. Both small and large males may display a rare yellow color morph, although flashy individuals are rare in nature due to predation risks.

Caring for Pygmy Swordtails requires attention to detail. Ensure excellent filtration, perform regular water changes, and avoid soft water or temperatures exceeding 24°C. Creating an environment that mirrors their natural habitat with appropriate plant life enhances their well-being. Enjoy the beauty and charm of the Pygmy Swordtail in your aquarium with proper care and attention to their specific needs.

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