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
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 Click
to shop online for Fancy Guppies. Click
shop online for Picta Livebearers. Click
shop online for Endler's Livebearer. Click
shop online for Parae Livebearer. Click
shop online for Platies. Click
shop online for Swordtails. Click
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
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
I have two related questions
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
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
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.
two very fancy Male Guppies, which are also
livebearers, and a very popular aquarium fish.
a male Marbled Sailfin Molly with a huge dorsal
fin that he like to show off with.
a male Endler's Livebearer, swimming in one
of aquariums, when one of us took this picture.
a young male Picta Livebearer here in one of
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