Acquired: Fish / pet store
New York, United States
Posted Sep 19, 2015
One of my favorite types of tropical fish to stock up on has always been Swordtails. These guys come in a variety of colors and as they like to stay near the top to middle of your tank, they’ll really catch your eye. These fish have always been my go-tos—they have great color, whether it’s the black, marigold, or red velvet.
Keep in mind where your fish like to swim when you stock you tank and you shouldn’t have any problems adding them in once your tank is set up, conditioned and ready to go. Swordtails are very mild fish and get along with most other tropical fish. Adding some neon tetras and bottom-feeding clown loaches would fill out your tank well.
While I’ve kept them in ten gallon tanks, they typically like larger sized habitats, especially if you intend on keeping more than one male. While Swordtails are generally peaceful fish, males can be territorial and get aggressive towards other males.
My Swordtails have thrived on a basic tropical fish flake food, anything promoting color to keep them vibrant.