The name Swordtail was inspired by the body of the male Swordtail. The bottom ray of his caudal fin is long, and points out from the body like a sword. The female Swordtail doesn’t have any sword, and she can be told apart from the male by her round body. Red, black, albino, green and even neon coloured swordtails are all available nowadays. This is due to captive breeding in the last years. You can also pick different varieties of Swordtail, such as the Red Simpson, the Spotted Swordtail, the Gold tux Swordtail and the Lyretail.
The swordtail will need an aquarium larger than 10 gallons. This is because it is a very active fish that needs room to swim a lot. Swordtails are excellent swimmers. They can swim extremely quickly when they need to, they could even jump over the top of the aquarium! So keep an eye on your swordtail whenever the top of the aquarium is open as they could easily jump out. Always remember to close the hood or it could be fatal for your fish. Their ability to jump is because they originally come from streaming waters. They’re good jumpers, because they become from streaming waters originally. A strong water stream in your aquarium will make them feel at home. Swordtails produce a lot of waste, it is important to have a good filtration system in your tank, and to keep the bottom of the tank clean.
Feeding these fishies
The swordtail will eat flakes, frozen worms and almost any food that is made for tropical aquarium fish. As it is with any animal, they need variety in their diet. It is important to feed them green foods, as these contain algae. A strong lighting system in the tank will stimulate algae growth; this in turn provides your fish with what they need. If you want to see if your fish are being fed a proper diet, then check their waste. It colour varies from green to black, everything is fine. If it is any other colour, you should change your fish’s diet. If you don’t your fish could be in danger of illness. Vary between changing the amount of food you feed them, or the quality of food to see what works best for your little fish.
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