Adult Size: 3-4.5″
Minimum Tank Volume: 90 litres
Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Ideal pH: 7.2-8
Lifespan: Up To 4 Years
Swordtails are a closely related to the platy and have much in common with them. Like Platies, Swordtails are a peaceful and gregarious fish. Swordtails prefer a tank with strong filtration and peaceful tankmates such as tetras, danios and dwarf gouramis. Live plants are a great addition to the aquarium as they will help to provide a more natural environment.
Ornaments and plants will also allow fish to hide if they need to. A neutral to alkaline pH is preferred by these fish which can easily be checked with a test kit and maintained with a pH buffer if needed.
All Swordtail varieties are the same species and will happily live and breed together. These fish are omnivores so it is important to offer a variety of foods to simulate their natural diet.
Breeding Swords is relatively easy as long as the correct water conditions are provided. We always advise keeping more females than males as this allows the females to rest after giving birth. The young (numbering from 10 to 30) are born after around 4 weeks and are fully independent. It is best to keep any heavily pregnant females in a breeding trap so that the babies do not get eaten by other tank mates. Once the young reach 12mm, they can usually be put back into the main aquarium.