High Backed Pygme Swordtail - Xiphophorus multilineatus
Species name: Xiphophorus multilineatus
Common name: High-Backed Pygmy Swordtail
Maximum size: 5 cm / 2 inches
Origin: Central America: Rio Coy of Rio Panuco basin in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Company: They can be kept in community aquariums with other small species.
Water parameters: Temperature 23-25°C / 73-77°F; pH 7.0 – 8.0
Aquarium setup: Xiphophorus multilineatus (High-Backed Pygmy Swordtail) should be kept in an aquarium that is heavily planted but still has open areas for the aquarium to swim on. It is best to keep more females than males in an aquarium.
Feeding: High-Backed Pygmy Swordtails will accept most small food sources. They prefer small frozen and live food such as daphnia.
Breeding: Xiphophorus multilineatus (High-Backed Pygmy Swordtail) are livebearers. One fertilization can result in several batches of fry since the female can save sperm. The female give birth to her young among plants. The female can be isolated a few days before she gives birth for better breeding results.
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