Scientific Name: Xiphophorus Helleri
Ease of Care: Easy
Approximate Arrival Size: 1 to 3 inches
Approximate Full Size: 4 inches
Native Region: Central America
A member of the Livebearer family, the Velvet Red Tux Swordtail has very obvious differences between the males and females. The male will have a tubular anal fin, also called the gonopodium. More obvious, the tail will have a long "sword" extension along the bottom edge. This sword can almost equal the body length of the fish. Female Velvet Red Tux Swordtails will have a standard rounded tail fin and anal fin. The Velvet Red Tux Swordtails prefer open water with cover along the edges of the tank. Male Velvet Red Tux Swordtails are sometime intolerant of other males, so they should be kept as a pair, or better yet, as a trio, one male and two females. The Velvet Red Tux Swordtails are herbivores, so be sure to include a plant-based food in their diet. They will eat most all prepared aquarium foods. Generally peaceful, Swordtails can be kept with most small to medium community fish.