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Swordtail kohaku

Swordtail kohaku

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Published by Yulleg Rahardja
This is the guidance for all who want to breed and keep the koi swordtail. Enjoy your self for this truly a guidance made for the novice keeper of the fish. I wanted all of you reader can breed and keep this fish. One clue if you wishes to breed this fish for sell then this short guidance is right for you. From 5 up to 15 female with 3 males you can get around 150 up to 180 females as brood stock with a few good males within 6 months. After 6 month later you will have at least 6000 up to 10000 fishes to be sold. Depend on the price on your area these fishes truly give your teenage child or even your self an income; of course if you can do it correctly.
This is the guidance for all who want to breed and keep the koi swordtail. Enjoy your self for this truly a guidance made for the novice keeper of the fish. I wanted all of you reader can breed and keep this fish. One clue if you wishes to breed this fish for sell then this short guidance is right for you. From 5 up to 15 female with 3 males you can get around 150 up to 180 females as brood stock with a few good males within 6 months. After 6 month later you will have at least 6000 up to 10000 fishes to be sold. Depend on the price on your area these fishes truly give your teenage child or even your self an income; of course if you can do it correctly.

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Swordtail kohaku
30.11.2006
Koi Swordtail - Xiphophorus helleriKohaku
Introduction
Be hold I introduce to thee the king of red and white fresh water fish, and of course thecheap and easy to keep ones; the koi/ kohaku swordtail. As far as I know live bearer fishis one of the hardy fish that will sustain a lot of the environment change or abuse liketotally water change if the fish already fully grown. The swordtail it self has the nick name form the male tail fin that elongated like a sword form (fencing I said arrgh, I’mle’pirates). The swordtail do has a lot variation; one of that variation is the koi swordtail.
 
The koi swordtail although has lesser durability, has multiple color patterns like orangered or dark red (this one is very rare) or totally white/albino, orange red and whitesometime there’s one look like Nemo on finding Nemo (clown fish). The tail variationsare varied from lyre tail, normal tail or elongated tail. For addition information, thelyretail male has too long gonopodium fin that made this male cannot breeding althoughit was fertile. That’s why if I don’t want to perform operation (negative alpha this mighthurt too much hehehe) that might killed the fish, then I usually mate my female with anormal koi swordtail.Man, I love to enjoy the sights of the koi swordtail, with its high contrast of orange towhite, which look in proper light like plunged in color. The picture below I picked fromthe internet. But the picture on the upper part I personally take that from my facebook  picture. That’s ladies and gentlemen the king of the jungles had arrived to the city; I justkidding guys.The color of the koi swordtail arise from the base color white with normal eye color (inIndonesian it’s called fake one and the true one is the one with the base color albino withred eyes. Over that, the opaque color red or orange is presented, which covers the basecolore in spots. Sometimes the one that was born without the spots on its tail’s, is called"Platinum" one of the rarest variation of the fish as far as I can see. Most of the breedeshall use inbreeding when they lack of the resources like I did. But be careful on that stepfor this can lead to the birth of the defect form ones or if you’re lucky you’ll have thelong tails ones. That from the result of crossbreeding then inbreeding between the lyretail koi swordtail and the normal ones. Personally I prefer the inbreeding ones.
The Petting
The agile swordtail will grow up to approximately 2 up to 4 inches on the aquarium andhave lifespan usually around 2 maximum 5 years old. But on concrete pond or large tank the size can reach up to 10 to 20 inches for female and the males around half of the size. Iuse an aquarium 100 cm on length, 40 cm on width and height to breed 2 male swordtailsand 10 females. A sort of kind of the social hierarchy is formed, which leads in smaller aquariums to the permanent suppression or perhaps death to the most vulnerable males.To minimize the aggression, at least 5 animals should be kept together or put some of thewater plant inside the aquarium.The temperature should be 22 to 28°C on the Fahrenheit degrees please calculate usingthe secret formula (9/5 x T)+32 and the T (not The Terminator) represent the temperatureon Celsius. For the most optimum growth, I shall (
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, ups I remember the oldDouglas Mac Arthur) keep them at 24-28 °C or if I wanted mostly males grow or birth
 
then it’s the maximum temperature shall be given. The swordtail is more a fish for medium hard to hard water (GH 12 to 30) and it shall feel well around neutral ph-values(6.5 - 8.5) though personally the level is around 7 to 7.5.The swordtail lives mainly omnivorous, which means that they take both animal andvegetable food. A balanced and varied diet with different foods type especially vegetableand regularly live food supports the vitality of these fish and promotes their impressiveand complex social behavior. For super fast growing from fries to the adult I prefer tomake them flesh eating fishes. Be hold now for they shall eat anybody else (kidding).And when they are reaches the adulthood then I shall let them eat some of the algae,vegetables or fish pellets that has spriluna so that shall enhance the coloration of the fish.
Breeding/ wedding
The wedding process (this shall took place on the Vegas wedding chapel with the Elvisimpersonator) of this kind of fish is slightly different compare to the other swordtail;here’s why the male shall displayed his strength and goodly god like form (ups too muchHomeric poet here). Before the wedding day (I wonder is there any wedding singer onthat place or not or perhaps it’s only me) took place you must know the comparison of the number and age (no under age for this against the law). Both of the males and femaleshould be mature enough about 6 months old or at least have the body length of 2.5inches. The males shall woes the females very actively and permanent. During mating,the males perform a special dance, chase around the females and sometimes fighting withanother males. The same size and strength will cause the fight to the death between themales. The female usually gives birth to up to 125 fries. The special feature of theswordtails is that not all males develop with the same speed. There are smaller "earlymales" and bigger "late males", which can only be recognized as males in a later stage.The latter stage male usually sterile, so pick the one that already become full male at theearly ages. It may even happen that you think to buy females, which turn out to be males(thank to the Good Lord that this things never happened to us human; imagine whatwould happened if you go out with your girlfriend to the movie at the Saturday night andthen suddenly she transform into a man. What a good grieved nightmare on the ElmStreet then at least for me). Ok, the males and the females should be given diets base onfrozen bloodworm only (giving them more fries and enhance the maturity of both thesperm and eggs of the fishes). The bloodworm can be replace by using mosquito larvae but doing that you must either hunt for those larvae (and do the cleansing the same waywith the tubifex worms) on the sewage or you must farm them on your own backyard. Tocollect the mosquito larvae is quite simple actually, all you had to do is to put some water inside dark colored buckets that had been put a slice of lettuce on its bottom for 2 daysand place them in the area that the mosquito usually hanging around you know to discusswhere to shops, date etc. Wait over night and voila you’ll have the mosquito’s eggs allover the buckets. Wait until it hatched for 3 day, then that’s it. You can feed your fishThe result shall be each female depends on her size can give birth to a strong and healthyfries from 80 up to 180 fries on each female maximum. After the wedding process took  place please be careful to look after the female, if she is pregnant you can tell by the

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