What Kind Of Fish Is This?

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by Helen2841985, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. Helen2841985

    Helen2841985New MemberMember

    I have just taken a fish tank from someone who doesn't want it anymore and I was wondering what type of fish this is?

    Thank you in advance

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  2. BottomDweller

    BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

  3. Balkaran0006

    Balkaran0006Valued MemberMember

    Kind of looks like a platy but also has an elongated body like a swordtail
  4. :) fatcatfish (:

    :) fatcatfish (:Well Known MemberMember

    Looks like a type of tuxedo Variatus Platy (X. variatus) to me. They are generally less 'stocky' than X. maculatus.
  5. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlackFishlore VIPMember

    Yup, it is a hybrid based off Xiphophorus variatus, a fish that occurs just a little north of platys (X maculatus), in Mexico. In many ways, they are halfway between swordtails and platys, however, most of the ones in the hobby are hybrids.

    It's a great, undervalued fish. I had one become so tame it would swim into my cupped hand when I was doing weekly water changes.

    It needs a higher pH 7.5+, hard water and a temperature range of 20c to 25c. It's a fine community fish.
  6. Mom2some

    Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to fishlore!
  7. AWheeler

    AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    That is a green/orange and black swordtail/platy mix! Very cool looking.
  8. FishL:))

    FishL:))Well Known MemberMember

    Welcome to FishLore!! :)
    He looks to me like a platy or swordtail.
    Most likely a mix between the both. :)
  9. chromedome52

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    As fatcatfish and navigatorblack said, it is a variatus tuxedo type. Looks intermediate between swords and platies, but is based on another species of Xiphophorus.
  10. OP

    Helen2841985New MemberMember

    Thank you so much for everyone's replies, much appreciated ☺️