Animal Stories - Swordtail Fish


Animal-World Information about: Swordtail Fish

   The most popular fish next to the Guppy is most certainly the Swordtail!
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Christopher Ashby - 2010-04-19
Hi was wondering how to tell that my female is pregnant?

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  • Caitlin Perello - 2010-06-02
    If your female swordfish is coming straight toward you (be patient, it eventually will), and it looks pregnant at that time, then it is probably pregnant. A black spot in its abdomen doesn't actually mean anything; it can't be the babies' eyes because there are many babies at once, not just a few.
  • Paul Pedigo - 2010-07-07
    Christopher, a female that is pregnant is really FAT and will have a black spot near her anal fin. Hope this helps.
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Paige Felbaum - 2004-04-06
I think this is a very wonderful fish. They come in all different colors and will breed easily. But if you are like me and breed your fish these are a good fish to start on. The fry are kind of hard to take care of but if you know how to do it they will probably live. They are very easy to take care of and live a while. My oldest one is almost 7 months now in a heated aquarium around 75 F and fed twice a day. He lives with a mollie, african dwarf frog, female guppy, tiger barb, red platy and 5 jumbo neon tetras.(in a 10 gallon tank)

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  • Debbie - 2010-03-16
    My female swordtails tail had a white spot on it she was pregnant, after she had the babies it went away and she is doing fine I use bottled spring water.. but I have a hard time having the babies live... they die on me. I have them in a separate little tank and feed them the flake food... how do I take care of the babies and keep them living so I can breed them?
  • Caitlin Perello - 2010-06-02
    I think you might want to get a bigger tank for all of those, especially with a frog in there. In my ten-gallon tank, I have a pair of swordtails (the female I believe to be pregnant), and my marble angelfish.
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jj - 2010-01-22
I have that same problem of white lips on my platy but it never dies. Triple sulfa seems to work so far but I have not yet completed the treatment.

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ROD DALE - 2010-01-19
I have a 29 gal aquarium and have been trying to raise red wag swordtails along with guppies, placo, cory, and neon tetras. Every time I get a female swordtail, she will have her babies, get a white coating around her mouth then die within a day of the white stuff on her mouth. I've had my water tested and it has tested a Ph of 7.2, nitrate of 20 which is normal range. I have no other problem with any other of my fish getting this white coating & dying. Does anyone have any idea what is going on in my tank? Thank you for any responce

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Tony - 2009-09-18
3 years ago I put a pair of green swordtails and a pair of reds into my tank and I raised many fry which have now bred further generations. I have added another red pair for genetic variety and now have swordtails of an astonishing colour mix, including red-white tuxedos, red eyes and albinos. I have one pink female! She has produced her first batch of thirty babies which seem to be either pink or silvery-white or gold! The swordtail is a beautiful and hardy species and mine are thriving in a tank with angels, albino corys, chain loaches and dwarf cichlids. The angels and corys have also produced young successfully.

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Josh - 2009-01-29
Hey everyone. This is one of the best websites for pets. I use this one and 2 others. These the only 3 I use. First off thanks to this website, I have become a big help for my neighbor who I gave fish to. If you are trying to find a way to feed your swordtails (and possibly snails and/or pleco) without taking a lot of money out of your wallet, you should try feeding them blanched zucchini (I think that is how u spell it). Blanched means that you cut it into slices, put it in a pot of boiling water for about a minute, and then put it in a pot of ice cold water. It brings out the color and makes it sink. All you do is drop it in, either with the skin (for if you have plecos and snails in the tank or if you want to give more nutrients), or without the skin (easier for swordtails to eat).

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Anonymous - 2008-11-25
I just started breeding all kinds of fish. Sword Tails are the easiest by far! I have 2 oranges and the mother had all orange but 1 white came out also.

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Josh - 2008-11-24
Blue swordtails are actualy a blue wag and and swordtail cross ("beautiful fish" is one of the only ways to describe it).
I have a small 10 gallon tank but my 15 swordtails (around that much, adults and babies combined), 1 leopard pleco, and (at least) 110 mystery snails are all happy and have learned their feeding schedule. I'm going to get a bigger tank once I have room to house more fish and hopefully get a second pleco so my plecos might breed.

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Richard P - 2008-11-04
I raise a combination of clear (almost white) albino swords crossed with lyertail reds (Lyertail Red females X Albino clear males). As the process is slow, can you tell me more of the blue swordtails Josh / or anyone else. I need more variances to deal with. The blue intrigues me.

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Anonymous - 2008-10-30
I have 22 fishes; 2 red caps, 2 platinum sailfins, 4 black mollies, 3 swordfishes, 2 guppies, 2 zebra loaches, 1 tiger fish, 2 spotted mollies, and 2 pencilfishes.

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