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Xiphophorus helleri
Swordtail

Swordtails come in different varieties - pictured is a male lyretail swordtail

Swordtails come in different varieties - pictured is a male lyretail swordtail

The green swordtail is the wild-type fish. Only the males having the spectacular sword extension to its tail.

The green swordtail is the wild-type fish. Only the males having the spectacular sword extension to its tail.

The red swordtail is a very bright orange-red colour. This young male

The red swordtail is a very bright orange-red colour. This young male's sword is a lot smaller than a fully-grown adult.

An attractive male swordtail

An attractive male swordtail

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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Well planted aquariums are not only great looking, they are also very beneficial to the fish. They oxygenate the water, absorb nitrates, reduce algae and provide refuge for fry (and other timid species). Plants like Java fern, hornwort, Amazon sword, Vallisneria (eel grass), Cryptocoryne and Anubias can all do well in a typical home aquarium with the smallest amount of attention


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