Hi Fin Lyretail Swordtail

Latin name: (Xiphophorus helleri)

Care Level





Orange, Red, Yellow



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

30 gallons



The Hi Fin Lyretail Swordtail is a beautiful and unique species of Xiphophorus helleri. Its male counterpart has a spectacularly shaped tail and fins, which resemble a lyre and a sword respectively. The female Hi Fin Lyretail Swordtail has less impressive fin variations, but still adds a unique and beautiful aesthetic to the aquarium. It is important to be aware that this species is a jumper, so providing a cover over the aquarium is essential for its well-being. Additionally, Hi Fin Lyretail Swordtails are quite hardy and easy to care for, making them an ideal choice for both experienced and beginner aquarists alike.

The Hi Fin Lyretail Swordtail is an excellent choice for an aquarium of at least 30 gallons. With plenty of room for swimming and well-planted areas, this peaceful fish is suitable for a community aquarium. It is important to note that males can be aggressive towards each other, so when housing more than one male Hi Fin Lyretail Swordtail, extra caution should be taken. Additionally, it is recommended that the aquarium have plenty of hiding spots for the fish to retreat to in the event of any territorial disputes. Lastly, the Hi Fin Lyretail Swordtail is an attractive and low-maintenance fish to care for in a home aquarium.

The Hi Fin Lyretail Swordtail is a livebearer and is known to give birth to up to 80 fry at one time. A spawning box is recommended, or if one is not available, dense floating cover should be provided to protect the fry from the adults, since they will sometimes eat the fry. Once the sex of the fry is determined, the males should be separated because the Hi Fin Lyretail Swordtail can begin breeding as young as three months of age.

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