Assorted Swordtails

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Assorted Swordtails

Assorted Swordtails –

Vital Information:

Temperature – 17-26c

Max size – 10cm

ph – 6 7.5

Water Requirements: non critical


The Swordtail is perhaps the quintessential community aquarium fish. The popularity of the Swordtail you can attribute to its ease of care. Not to mention its peaceful temperament, and wonderfully diverse fin and color varieties. For example, the most common Swordtail varieties include: Red Wag, Red Velvet, Marigold, Black Nubian, Pineapple, and Neon Swordtail. The male Swordtail is a prize for its namesake feature, the showy extension on the lower part of its tail resembling a sword.

The Swordtail requires an aquarium of at least 20 gallons that is has many plants with plenty of room for swimming. Because of its peaceful nature, the Swordtail suit well for a community aquarium. However, the male Swordtail can demonstrate territorial aggression towards other male Swordtails so care should be taken when housing more than one male. Also, the Swordtail is an accomplished jumper, so be sure to provide a secure cover for the aquarium.

The Swordtail is a live-bearing fish related to freshwater aquarium favorites including guppies, mollies, and platys. As such, a female Swordtail can give birth to as many as 80 fry at one time. We recommend a spawning box. If one is not available, provide dense floating cover to protect the Swordtail fry from potential predation by the adults. Unless it is your intention to breed Swordtails, you should separate the male Swordtail fry once the sex of the fry is determined. The Swordtail can begin breeding as young as three months of age and can quickly overpopulate an aquarium.

The Swordtail is an omnivore that will eat commercially prepared flaked foods and algae as well as freeze dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp.

Please note that these fish do come in various colours.

If you were requiring any specific colouration please leave a message on checkout, and we will try our hardest to accommodate depending on stock.

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