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Aquarium Swordtail Fish
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  This video shows several Sword Tails living in an aquarium with lots of live aquatic plants. You can see at least two mature males with swords on the end of their tails. Mature females don't have swords.
 
  Here is a young male Swordtail nibbling on the algae growing on a Aponogeton Plant.
 
  This video shows a young male Red Velvet Swordtail.
 
  A male Neon Wag Tail Sword.
A Swordtails with a black tail is called a Wag Tail.
 
A male Neon Swordtail.
     

Scientific Name
Xiphophorus helleri
 
Almost all of the Swordtails in aquariums are hybrids of Swordtails and Platys.

     
The video above shows a mature male Neon Swordtail. You can see his sword projecting to the left from the bottom of his tail fin. Male Swordtails develop swords as they mature but females do not develop swords on their fins. This makes it very easy to tell a mature male Swordtail from a mature female.
 
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Baby Swordtail fish in an aquarium at AquariumFish.net
 
Shown above, a baby Swordtail swimming among some pieces of Java Moss plant. Swordtails are easy to spawn, and the babies are fun to raise. Click here for information about how to raise baby Mollies, which are very similar to baby Swordtails.
 
 
   

Comments
Swordtails are available in many color varieties. Swordtails are livebearers like Guppies, Mollies, and Platies. Swordtails are easy to breed, though not quite as easy as Mollies. Click here for more about breeding Mollies and raising the babies.

 
 
picture of a mature male Neon Swordtail at AquariumFish.net, Tropical Fish stores, where you can shop online for a Sword Tail Livebearer Fish is fun   Here is a male Sword Tail just like the Sword Tails for sale at our online Tropical Fish store. We have many different kinds of Swords. Click here to see the list with many kinds of Sword Tails for sale from us.
 
Here is a picture of a beautiful male Sword Tail. This variety of Sword Tail is called a Red Sword Tail, but you can see he is really bright orange and not red. There are really dark red Sword Tails.
 
picture of a young immature male Red Sword Tail at AquariumFish.net with information about Tropical Fish. The white arrow in this picture points at this young male Swordtail's gonopodium, which is a modified fin that females do not have. This male's sword is just beginning to develop at the end of his tail.
 
picture of a young female Swordtail at AquariumFish.net, a Tropical Fish dealer, where you can shop online for a Sword Tail Fish is fun.   Here is a picture of a beautiful female Sword Tail. You can see that she does not have a sword, and you can see that she does not have a gonopodium like the male in the picture above her.
 
 

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.

 
 
Picture Gallery of Swordtails
 
Aquarium Swordtail Fish at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for a Swordtail Fish.
 
Aquarium Swordtail Fish at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for a Swordtail Fish.
 
Swordtail - a beautiful male Sword Tail swimming in a large planted aquarium at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for Sword Tails is easy
 
Swordtail - a beautiful male Sword Tail swimming in a large planted aquarium at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for Sword Tails is easy
 
Shown above, four pictures of the "new" Kohaku (Koi) Swordtails. The varying patterns of bright orange and white on these males resemble the patterns on the famous Kohaku Koi. Click here to buy Swordtails like this.
 
 
Swordtail - a beautiful female Sword Tail swimming in a large planted aquarium at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for Sword Tails is easy
 
Swordtail - a beautiful female Sword Tail swimming in a large planted aquarium at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for Sword Tails is easy
 
Above, two pictures of the same female Kohaku (Koi) Swordtail female. Click here to buy Swordtails like this.
 
 
 
Above, a young mature male Showa (Koi) Swordtail. This "new" Swordtail color variety is named after the famous Showa Koi with a similar pattern. Click here to buy Swordtails like this.
 
 
Swordtail - a beautiful female Sword Tail swimming in a large planted aquarium at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for Sword Tails is easy
 
Above, a female Showa (Koi) Swordtail. Click here to buy Swordtails like this.
 
 
 
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Shown just above a Hifin Lyretail Red Eye Red Swordtail, which is the reddest color variety of Swordtails that we've ever seen ! Click here to buy Swordtails like this.
 
Swordtails for sale at AquariumFish,net, where you can shop online for Swordtail Fish.
 
Above, a young mature male Black Swordtail. Well he is more than black; he has a metallic blue sheen, which is extremely nice. Click here to buy Swordtails like this.
 
 
Swordtails for sale at AquariumFish,net, where you can shop online for Swordtail Fish.
 
Above, a young mature female Black Swordtail. Like the male above, she too is more than black with some nice metallic blue markings. Click here to buy Swordtails like this.
 
 
Aquarium Swordtails at AquariumFish.net
 
Above, another young mature female Black Swordtail, which is different from the female above her.
 
 
Aquarium Swordtails at AquariumFish.net
 
Aquarium Swordtails at AquariumFish.net
 
Above, Marigold Swordtails. Notice the neon green markings on the side of the fish in the lower picture. There seems to be no end of the color variations in Swordtails.
 
 
Aquarium Swordtails at AquariumFish.net
 
Aquarium Swordtails at AquariumFish.net
 
Above top, a nice young male Red Eye Hifin Swordtail, and below a female. Dazzling red coloration on this variety.
 
 
Aquarium Swordtails at AquariumFish.net
 
Just above, a nice young energetic male Neon Swordtail.
 
 
Aquarium Swordtails at AquariumFish.net
 
Aquarium Swordtails at AquariumFish.net
 
Shown just above, two more nice young female Swordtails. Though rather plain looking both of these fish are energetic, inquisitive, and lots of fun to watch.  ;^ }
 
 

Size and Life Span
Swordtails have a life span of 3 to 5 years and can grow to 5". Sometimes they have lived longer and grown bigger.

 
Click here to go on to another page in this web site with Customer Comments and our Replies about Sword Tail Fish.
 
 
Books about Swordtails
The books shown below are listed on Amazon.com. You can click on the title or on the image of a book to go to the page at Amazon.com, where that book is listed and discussed. In some cases you can preview several of the pages in that book.
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book.   Swordtails: Keeping and Breeding Them in Captivity
By Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod and Myron  Gordon
Paperback
64 pages
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Guppies ... and Other Live-Bearers
By Harro Hieronimus
Paperback
72 pages
 
 
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For excellent health, pet fish need very good food and very good water conditions. These five products are very important.

 
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