For the first time ever we can offer this dwarf swordtail rarity. Our animals are German offsprings. At first sight the small, only 2-3 cm long animals remind of the also dwarf X. pygmaeus, but they are not so closely related to this species. Only in 1990 X. continens was formally described, first collected in 1984.
They are very pretty fish, which require attentive water care. They are inhabitants of running water and want low-germ, oxygen-rich water. Medium-hard water with a pH between 7 and 8 is best suited for care, temperatures can be between 20 and 24°C (occasionally a little below or above). Every common fish food is eaten when it is small enough. Without live food (2-3 times a week) the dwarf swordtails will wither; Artemia nauplii have proven to be very useful as supplementary food.
For our customers: the animals have code 476542 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer