Origin: Central America: Mexico (now restricted to vicinity of Monterrey, formerly more widespread).
Company: Xiphophorus couchianus (Monterrey Platy fish) can be kept in community aquariums with other fishes with equal demands.
Water parameters: Temperature 27-30°C / 81-86°F; pH 6.0 – 7.0
Aquarium setup: Xiphophorus couchianus (Monterrey Platy fish) should be kept in an aquarium that is densely planted among the sides and back. The front of the aquarium should be left open to give the fishes somewhere to swim. Always keep more females than males.
Feeding: Xiphophorus couchianus (Monterrey Platyfish) prefers live and frozen food although they often accept other food sources.
Breeding: Xiphophorus couchianus (Monterrey Platyfish) are livebearers. The female give birth to fully developed fry in a densely planted part of the aquarium. One fertilization can result in several batches of fry. You can isolate the female a few days before she give birth if you want to keep a maximal number of fry. Return the female to her normal holding tank once she given birth.
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