Swordtails are hardy and colorful fish that make a wonderful addition to the passive community aquarium. Swordtails are easy to breed, and new color varieties are developed through selective breeding programs. Swordtails add interest and color to the passive community aquarium, and make a perfect addition for the novice to expert alike.
The Swordtail comes in many different colors with the males being easily identified by their signature sword like tail. The Swordtail is an extremely hardy fish that can adapt to a wide range of water conditions.
Appropriate Home: In an aquarium with at least 15-gallons of water, an External Power Filter with a BIO-Wheel, 1/4-inch or less of gravel, and an Aquarium Heater adjusted to between 78 and 82 degrees F. Click here for more about warm water aquariums. Like most livebearers Swordtails will do better with 1 Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per 5 gallons of water. Click here for more about Aquarium Salt.
Recommended Diet: Floating flake food plus freeze dried blood worms, which are actually mosquito larvae. Both of these foods are sold in most stores that sell pet fish. Click here for more about feeding fish. I feed all livebearers a few Black Worms every other day. Click here for more about Black Worms.
Compatibility: Like all livebearers Swordtails live best in a group with a few male Swordtails and several females. Swordtails are good tank mates for Mollies, Platies, Angels, Corydoras Catfish, Plecostomus, and Bigger Tetras such as Black Skirts, Red Serpaes, and Silver Tips. Click here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.