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Xiphophorus Montezumae - Montezuma Swordtail

Xiphophorus Montezumae - Montezuma Swordtail

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Montezuma Swordtail 

'Xiphophorus Montezumae' 

Breathtaking wild type Swordtail

You will receive young fish bred by me. 

Caution!  They are enthusiastic eaters who require a range of foods to thrive, I feed a revolving range of live small foods like baby brine shrimp, grindal worms, banana worms, vege flake, DRP pellets, and algae wafers, I have a feeling they would eat everything! 

Maintaining good water quality is important to care for Montezuma swordtails, necessitating generous weekly partial water changes. The water should be hard with a slightly alkaline pH range of 7 to 8.5. A good quality flake food can serve as the nutritional base, supplemented with frozen and live foods. I have found regular feeding of baby brine shrimp (2-3 times a week) to both juvenile and adult fish is beneficial.

  • Sizes - Males 8cm and females 7cm 
  • Water with a high PH of 7 - 8.5
  • Temperature 18° C - 24° C - Can go higher in summer however prefers the cooler temperatures
  • Minimum of 60cm long aquarium required for amble swimming space


The photo is from my aquarium taken by Morris Mohanan Minchiyathu.

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    How to Acclimate your fish and shrimp

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    How to acclimate your fish and shrimp

    Fish and Shrimp will be stressed and will not show normal colours right out of the bag from shipping. They will need to acclimate in their new home for several days in stress-free conditions to begin to show true colours

    We acclimate fishes or shrimp from shipping to prevent losses due to changing water conditions, it is necessary to carefully acclimate your new fishes and shrimp to their new homes to ensure your success

    If your fish were packed in Breathing Bags, do not float the bags in your aquarium or pond.

    The Breathing Bags cannot breath in water, only in air. If you have Breathing Bags, there will be no air in the bags and they will have writing on them that says they are Breathing Bags. Non-breathing bags will have air in them that the fish are using to get oxygen. Follow the breathing or non-breathing instructions as needed for your shipment:

    Method for Breathing Bags
    Do not float the Breathing Bags in the aquarium or pond. The fish will not have sufficient oxygen if the Breathing Bags are floated. Open the bags and pour out 1/3 of the water into a clean bucket. You may use an aquarium net to prevent the fish or shrimp from falling out of the bag. Replace the water removed from the bag with water from your aquarium or pond. After five minutes, repeat the 1/3 volume replacement procedure. After another five minutes, replace 1/3 of the volume again. Finally, after waiting five more minutes, the fishes or shrimp can be moved from the bags to the aquarium or pond.

    Method for non- breathing bags
    After turning the lights off to reduce stress, Place the fish or shrimp in their plastic bags in the aquarium where they will reside. Allow the bags to float in the tank for about 15 - 30 minutes. If the fish appear distressed, open the bags and roll down the top of the bags so that they are open and floating at the surface. A small portion of tank water may be added to the bags. After 15 - 30 minutes, the fish can be released into the aquarium.

    If you need any additional help with acclimating your new fish, just ask. Email us at 

    Sustainability Statement

    We care about the environment, the animals in our care, the ethical sustainability of our business.

    As a small business I have taken the following actions to ensure your purchases to not needlessly add to the global carbon footprint.

    • Our location is 100% powered by the Queensland sun
    • Water is recycled and reclaimed where practical
    • Packaging, where possible, is biodegradable

    If you have suggestions on how we could do more, or have ideas on we can further reduce dependence on single use plastics or other packaging product please contact us at 

    100% Live Delivery Guarantee

    At Hand Picked Aquatics we offer a 100% live delivery guarantee on all our fish, plants, and other aquatic life. If something in your order arrives dead or is missing, please take a photo of the shipping bag. We'll arrange for a refund or replacement, freight and postage costs are non-refundable & are not able to be claimed.

    Please e-mail your photograph and details of your claim within 24 hours of your order arriving to so that we can process your claim