Xiphophorus hellerii Platin Orange:
The latest sport in swordtails is this gorgeous variety. In swordtails exists an interesting gentic phenomenon. The gene for „albino“can be combined with body colours, if the body colours derive from a cross with platyfish. A real albino swordtail has red eyes and a whitish body. In the Platin Orange swordtail the red eyes clearly show that it is an albino, but obviously the splendid red back and the Hamburg coloration (black with reflecting zones) which can be observed in some specimens have been crossed in using platys.
The fish can be kept like all swordtails. That means one should keep in mind that the males can be really irreconcilable among each other. So one should keep either only one male per tank or a bigger group of at least 5 specimens. The number of females is more or less meaningless, but it should at least equal to number of males. As albinos are more sensitive to light than usual, the tank should not be illuminated too strong.
Text and photos: Frank Schäfer
|Angaben zum Tier|
|Herkunft||Asien / Asia|
|Verfügbare Größe in cm||6-8|