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The most popular fish next to the Guppy is most certainly the Swordtail!
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This is the first time I have ever had a fish that had babies before and I hope it is not my last. The mother died while giving the young I think but I didnt notice them until two days later! I have three teeny fish and hope they will grow up and have babies of their own!
We have had good luck with these fish. We have so many babys we had to get another tank. We have a 20 gallon and just purchased a 40 gallon. We put three in the new tank and have already started getting new ones. They seem to breed like guppys. We have had over 100 babys that have grown up. With these 2 types of tanks you cant go wrong
our swordtail had a baby and we only found one. It is about one and a half months old. When they are first born and for about 2-4 weeks theys hide and stay low to the bottom of the tank. It was the first fish we ever had that had a baby. They grow really fast. It takes a while to know if it is a female or a male.
i have just got a pair of swordtails, i am hoping that they will breed. i have done this once before but only one baby survived the other fish in my tank.
I have 2 swordtails one is a sunset color the other is red(he is the male) they live in a 10 gallon tank with three hatchet fish 2 blood fin tetras and a fancytail. I think my female(sunset colored) fish is pregnant.
i just wanted to say that i love my sword tails. i just got them about a week ago, i hope the female gets pregnant. they are excellent community fish. i have them in a 50 gallon tank with 7 mollies, a school of 5 bala sharks, 3 black skirt tetras, 1 male betta, and a shy little fiddler crab. they all get along just fine. i guess i will know when my female sword tail is pregnant cause she will get fat i assume. i have a breeder net ready, i just hope it comes soon.
i am a swordtail breeder and i have 15 tanks with over 2000 swortail babies which started from the 1 pair and still increasing.
Sarah . A .
I like going to this site for answers to my livebearer questions.I own 4 swordtails,if you include the baby fry,1 large female guppie,and 30 of her fry.People say livebearers are only for beginners,but I like having fish that are easy to breed and tell apart.I could not imagine having a tank without atleast 2 livebearers.I would like to see more pictures or swordtail colors on this site.I enjoy seeing some of the vast color types!Thanks!
Remember to cover the top of your tank -- they are prone to jump out~! Avoid giving them a complete change of freshwater.
How long before you are able to distinguish the male from female swordfish fry? So far I have about 20 fry but all look like females, does it take awhile for male tail to grow?
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