Once again we can present and offer you a top rarity among the wild forms of livebearers: Xiphophorus andersi. Most likely the animals we have received from a German breeder are the first ever to be offered in the ornamental fish wholesale trade.
Xiphophorus andersi comes from the Rio Atoyak in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, which is one of the Atlantic processes of the Central American country. The species was only scientifically described in 1980 and seems to occur only very locally.
In this species there are small early males and large late males. In practical breeding it has been shown that it is better to leave both forms in the breeding line (many breeders tend to exclude the early males as “Mickerlings” from breeding), because otherwise there is the danger that the offspring consists only of animals of one sex (one cannot predict whether male or female).
The fish are demanding to look after. It is important to pay attention to the best water quality, generous, regular partial water changes are absolutely obligatory, so that these rare animals thrive well in the long run.
For our customers: the animals have code 476525 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade. Only available in small quantities!
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer