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luckysarah 11-18-2010 07:27 AM

Montezumae Swordtail
I ordered 5 of these online, they will arrive on Wed.

Does anyone have these? or have any info they can share about them.

konstargirl 11-18-2010 09:45 AM

I never had them, but they are pretty. :) I guess you take care of them as you would do to any other live bearers fish.

Byron 11-20-2010 04:53 PM

This species of swordtail, Xiphophorus montezumae, has not been all that common in the hobby, though it is gaining more now. A very beautiful fish, some say the most beautiful of the livebearers.

Males attain 2.5 inches body length and the sword can be even longer though normally about the same length as the body; truly impressive. The female attains 3 inches. These fish thus need space; a group of six will be at their best in a 4-foot tank. The males can be truly spectacular. One male will be dominant, the other males will be submissive with less "show" but if the dominant is removed, one of the submissive males becomes the dominant. Females do not drop their first batch of fry until about 1 year of age, unlike common swords at 3-4 months.

They are native to the Rio Panuco basin in Mexico, inhabiting flowing streams with thick marginal vegetation.


luckysarah 11-20-2010 06:14 PM

Thanks byron

They are being shipped out early next week and I should have them by wed.

Problem is they are to young to sex.... so I ordered 5 to make sure I got a nice mix.

Looks like I need another tank lol

Anyways I will post some pics of the guys when they arrive, this is the first time I am having fish shipped but they are not coming that far (from Alberta to Ontario) so hopefully it won't be too bad for them, its also been fairly warm here for the season and this being a cooler water fish I thought it would be a good one to try this with.

I am trying to get my oldest son involved with our local fish club (jar shows ect) and I think the uniquer/wilder fish are more educating for him and it will be nice to hopefully be able to swap fry locally.

luckysarah 11-24-2010 12:27 PM

Got them today :-D

7 young monteys (too young to sex out)

But they are doing great so far... I took my mollies out of the 30 gallon and left the bloodfins (figuring the monteys were to large for them to go after... they are about an inch give or take) but of course I was wrong.

OMG it took me forever to get the bloodfins netted and moved... feisty buggers.

konstargirl 11-24-2010 12:48 PM

Do you have pictures of them? How old do you think they are? 3 weeks? A month old?

eatmysox 11-24-2010 12:51 PM

I have been looking for the different swordtail species, where do you order them from I am in Ontario as well.

luckysarah 11-24-2010 01:44 PM


Originally Posted by eatmysox (Post 519672)
I have been looking for the different swordtail species, where do you order them from I am in Ontario as well.

I ordered mine from TNT aquatic (in Edmonton)


Shipping was $33, and they did a great job packing them and they really are a beautiful fish and really nice quality so far... we will see what they are like when they mature.

I am going to try and get some pictures... they are not very exciting now but in about 6 months the males should start to grow their massive swords. I would guess these guys are 3 or 4 months old, this particular species of sword is slow to mature and often takes 12 months to fully develop.

luckysarah 11-24-2010 01:59 PM

Got some decent shots of them... oh my goodness they are fast little buggers lol

Very curious about my ghost shrimp as well, saw a few of them try and gang up on one of the poor shrimp lol.

They are in a 30 gallon now but I have a 55 that I am currently setting up for them, they need big tanks.

thefishboy 11-24-2010 02:42 PM

There looking very nice! Beatiful fish....

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