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Livebearer Fish  
       
Aquarium Swordtails at AquariumFish.net
     
The beautiful male Hifin Red-Eye Red Swordtail, shown above, is one species of Livebearer.
     
Guppies, Mollies, Platies, and Swordtails are all members of a group of fish that are called Livebearers, because the females of these species release live babies, while the females of most other species of fish release eggs that are then fertilized by males of that species.
 
Livebearers live best in a group with at least 3 males and about twice as many females. For example 3 males and 5 or 6 females can often live together, but one male and one female or a few males will not get along well together in the same aquarium.
     
When you look at pages in AquariumFish.net with Livebearers for sale, you will see a symbol like this  This fish is a Livebearer that lives best in a group with at least 3 males and about twice as many females. Click on the next line for more information.  to indicate that these fish live best in a group.
     
There are many other species of livebearers including Gambusia, which is often called the Mosquito Fish, and Endler's Livebearer, which is a species that is very closely related to Guppies, plus the new species named Picta and Parae. They are all wonderful aquarium fish!
     
Links to Livebearers for Sale
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Click here to shop online for Picta Livebearers.
Click here to shop online for Endler's Livebearer.
Click here to shop online for Parae Livebearer.
Click here to shop online for Platies.
Click here to shop online for Swordtails.
Click here to shop online for Mollies. 
     
There are also species of fish, including many Stingrays, that release live babies, but are not usually called Livebearers, though you might hear them called livebearing fish.
     

Customer Comments

 
Dear Tom & Nevin,
 
Thank you so much for your wonderful websites and show, you're an inspiration and your suggestions and advice have helped me create a thriving, splendid tank.
 
I have two related questions for you:
 
First, I plan on having a mix of swordtails and platies. I currently have 3 young pineapple 'mickey' swords, and 3 common platies. I'm aware you recommend having at least 8 of these livebearers in order to promote maximum health. Would a mix of 5 platies and 3 swordtails suffice for this community? They all seem to get along great right now.
 
Lastly (and most importantly) I plan on adding a school of Cory Catfish. I'm nervous that by doing this I won't be able to add salt to my tank for my Swords and Platies. Would no salt really hurt the livebearers? Or, if I should add salt, will half the recommended amount hurt the Cories?
 
Thanks,
 
Jeff G.
 
     
Reply. Hello Jeff. Thank you for your complimentary comments. We're glad you enjoy Pet Fish Talk. Anyone who has not listened to one of the shows, can click here to listen to a show now.
 
Platies and Swordtails usually will not form one group, so it is better to keep a group with at least three males and about twice as many females of each species.
 
It's interesting that Platies and Swordtails will often interbreed to produce hybrids. In fact most Platies and Swordtails sold as pets have genes from both species. Click here for more about Platies, and here for more about Swordtails.
 
Cory Catfish do not like aquarium salt and livebearers like Platies and Swordtails do better with about one tablespoon of aquarium salt added to each five gallons of aquarium water. Click here for more about Cory Catfish.
 
But both livebearers and Cory Catfish can live together with about half as much salt. So you'd add one tablespoon of aquarium salt to each ten gallons of aquarium water. Click here for more information about aquarium salt.
     
Platys at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for Platies.
     
Shown above, a group of gorgeous young Platys in an aquarium at AquariumFish.net and waiting for a good home. Platies like most livebearers live best in a group with at least 3 males and at least 5 females in an appropriate sized aquarium.
 
 
   
Aquarium Guppies at AquariumFish.net
     
Aquarium Guppies at AquariumFish.net
     
Shown above, two very fancy Male Guppies, which are also livebearers, and a very popular aquarium fish.
 
 
   
Aquarium Mollys at AquariumFish.net
     
Shown above, a male Marbled Sailfin Molly with a huge dorsal fin that he like to show off with.
 
 
   
Endler's Livebearers at AquariumFish.net
     
Shown above, a male Endler's Livebearer, swimming in one of aquariums, when one of us took this picture.
 
 
Picta Livebearers at AquariumFish.net
 
Shown above, a young male Picta Livebearer here in one of our aquariums.
 
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