Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Apr 13, 2015
Swordtail fish are a medium sized fresh water fish (generally a little bigger than guppies) that add a bright splash of color and activity to a tank. These fish do well in small groups, 2-6 and while orange is a very traditional color they've also been bred into pretty greens, yellows and reds. The males tend to be smaller than the females and occasionally when breeding the females will nibble on the male's tails.
The male swords have a long swordlike tail, which is where the name comes from, though the females tend to lack the sword and may be duller in color.
These fish are hardy and tend to do well in a community tank with other small schools of fish, or in a smaller tank with just a few other members.