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Green swordtails

Xiphophorus hellerii



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From: Kelly
I just got two Lyretail swords and they are beautiful!! They are also very lively, and if you walk by the tank they try to follow!! The male is a golden/yellowish color with a red/orange tail, and is simply beautiful, as is the golden/orange female. I have only two words to say about this fish-Simply beautiful!

From: Lu-Ann
I am a little undecided about this fish. I originally bought two males for my community tank. One was a beautiful green and red male with a gold sword, and the other looked like it was cross bred between an orange swordtail and a rainbow swordtail. It is like a hollow orange with a black stripe and a gold tail. The two males got along great. The orange one was very shy and weird at first, but then he became a very bad fin nipper to my Gouramis, but my rainbow one was very peaceful, and he loved to play in the waterfall in the back of my tank. When I added my silver dollars to the tank the orange Swordtail became very shy again and stopped nipping at the other fish, and he hid a lot. Then one day my rainbow swordtail just died out of the blue. I decided to buy a new swordtail for my nipper to play with. This time I bought a baby orange mix male swordtail. It's only half the size of my other swordtail. My orange swordtail ( The Nipper) went absolutely wild when we put this baby in the tank. He put on such a display swimming all around and curling his body. Well, now the nipper is back to nipping my Gouramis again and chasing the silver dollars. He has become quite protective of his new little friend. They are inseparable.

From: Cristal
Likewise, I have only just started to get fish into my aquarium and my swordfish just gave birth today and the young are just lying they like they are dead, I hope they are just slow to get up and about.

From: Don
I have had many swordtails throughout my life and I must say they sure are an awesome pet to have. As of now I have pineapple swords Two very large healthy males & two medium males & a red velvet male. Plus a few smaller females which still have some growing to do but again one of my females is prego again and I cannot wait to see those fry. The cool thing about these swords is that they are like 4th generation of what I had originially. I have a lot of great experience with these fish especially cross breeding!!

From: Katie
Many people have commented on their new fry not moving, this is common if they do not have many places to hide.






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