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The Santa Claus Swordtail, also known as Xiphophorus helleri, is a beautiful and peaceful freshwater fish species that is a popular choice for aquarists. They are named after their distinctive, sword-like tail fin and their vibrant coloration, which resembles the red and white colors of Santa Claus.


Santa Claus Swordtails are relatively small, with a maximum size of 4 inches, and require a minimum tank size of 20 gallons. They are active swimmers and appreciate plenty of hiding places, live plants, and open swimming areas. They are also peaceful and can be kept with other small, peaceful species.


These omnivores will eat a variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, and small pieces of vegetables. It's important to provide a balanced diet to ensure they receive all the necessary nutrients for optimal health.


The Santa Claus Swordtail's unique characteristic is their vibrant red and white coloration, which is particularly pronounced on their tail fin. Their peaceful and active nature makes them a great addition to any community aquarium.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 7.0-8.3
  • gH: 10-20
  • kH: 6-16
  • TDS: 300-500
  • Temperature: 72-82°F


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Santa Claus/ Kohaku Swordtail

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