Swordtail Fish Care Helpful Tips For Beginners

Swordtail Fish Care Helpful Tips For Beginners
Swordtail fish are also known as xiphophorous hellerii they are a very mainstream community aquarium fish. Their prominence originates from their simplicity of care and peaceful nature. They have very remarkable kinds of blades with a great variety of hues, making them commonly alluded to as Red swordtails or Green swordtails. Today, they are reared to accomplish different hues and, therefore, great arrangements of various sorts exist.

In the wild, swordtails more often than not have olive green bodies with a red stripe that stretches along the body. Their natural living space is in Central America and North America, where they were found in 1848. Swordtail fish are normal size freshwater species; males are commonly marginally littler than females (6.3 inches) and they achieve 5.5 inches most extreme. They live in gatherings, yet are not a schooling fish. Something that makes them so prominent is their hardiness, as they can survive in very different situations.

Regardless of whether you intend to keep them as a solitary aquarium species or in a community aquarium, you should know their general needs.


Swordtail fish are normal size fish; they don't require very much space because of their size, yet given they are very dynamic, they greatly advantage from having enough space to swim around. The base tank size for one grown-up swordtail fish ought to be in any event 14-gallons. In any case, on the off chance that you intend to include other fish for good organization, plan to house them, in any event, a 30-gallon aquarium. The best male to female proportion is one male and three or four females. Along these lines, males won't excessively irritate the females, as provocation will be equally circulated. Swordtails are great jumpers so consider covering your aquarium so as to forestall conceivable suicide endeavors.


Swordtail fish are a peaceful and dynamic species. They are very social and appreciate great organization, particularly when housed with different swordtails or comparable uninvolved species. The swordtail fish can make a great friend in comparable cousins, for example, platies, mollies, or angelfish. Peaceful sorts of corydoras are likewise great as their sidekicks. Some larger sorts of tetras can be great, as well, yet keep them in schools of at least five to avoid conceivable provocation.

Male swordtail fish are almost constantly aggressive towards different males of similar species. On the off chance that your tank isn't tremendous, you should select to keep just a single male along with a few females in a single tank.


Swordtail fish will acknowledge a wide variety of foods. You can give them quality drop food or live foods like bloodworms, daphnia, brackish water shrimp, mosquito hatchlings, or natural product flies, as they will eat for all intents and purposes anything.

Swordtail fish eat a lot of algae and other vegetation in their natural living space. Try not to disregard their requirement for legitimate herbivorous food. Make sure to give them a perfect blend of protein and vegetation so as to consummately fulfill their precise diet needs.


Swordtail fish are solid tropical fish that can endure a wide scope of water temperatures. They ought to do fine in any water temperature between 65-82⁰Fahrenheit. Despite the fact that they are adaptable and very durable, keep away from unexpected and rough temperature drops in temperature, as this can hurt your fish and make their invulnerable system vulnerable.

Swordtail incline toward very hard water from 12–30 dGH and a perfect water pH anyplace somewhere in the range of 7.0 and 8.4. By and large, they incline toward respectably soluble, hard water.

Continuously take care that your water is appropriately filtrated. On the off chance that you set your filtration system straight, the water parameters will remain solid. Continuously monitor water parameters so you can respond and forestall potential intricacies. Your fish will at that point joyfully flourish and live to maximum capacity.


As livebearers, the swordtail fish are great at breeding proficiently and very rapidly, with no mediation from the aquarist. When a swordtail female has been impregnated, you ought to obviously observe a tremendous gut with a dull gravid spot close to the butt-centric blade.

When the fry are born, you should take some defensive measures so as to keep them alive else they will be devoured by their folks or other tank mates. You can do this either by including more plants that will fill in as hiding spots for youthful sear or by physically expelling grown-ups (or broil so far as that is concerned) from the tank.

The last is significantly more productive, as just a portion of the youthful will survive on the off chance that they are not isolated from the grown-ups. At the point when the sear becomes large enough not to be seen as food by grown-ups, delicately acquaint them with your tank.

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