more baby Red Velvet Swordtails

3 Jan

I have become very attached to my little colony of Red Velvet Swordtails. I have 4 females and two males.

They live with two Marigold Variatus Platies.

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See the male Swordtail in the background with his sword tail.

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I’ve been wanting to raise a few more but had to wait for an open 10 gallon tank.
Two days ago I finally had the opportunity to put a female into a tank that I filled with Java Moss and Hornwort. The tank also has two Julii Cory Catfish and two small brown Bristlenose Plecostomus.

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The very next day POP goes the fishy! I noticed a baby or two but didn’t pull the female out immediately. It’s impossible to tell if she was done having babies or not. So I waited about 2 more hours, then went downstairs to catch her. Wow, she was chasing her own babies so hard I wondered if any would be left by the time I caught her. Fortunately, I think there are about a dozen survivors. Swordtails can have 25 or 50 or even more babies but this was a young mother and I don’t have room for too many more fish of any kind.
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These babies will hunt for small food particles they find among the plants. I also have a Microworm culture going, plus I will make up a batch of baby brine shrimp when they are a week or two old. I’ll crush up fish food flakes and also dried shrimp. I think they like a lot of protein when they are growing, plus it gives them great color. When they are older they do fine on plain fish food flakes.
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While we’re at it, let me show you one of my male Green Swordtails. Most people wouldn’t give a Green Swordtail a second glance but what do you think of this guy?
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In the tank right next to the baby Swordtails, the Albino Bristlenoses are probably enjoying life in a tank to themselves. I find the male in the “cave” or at it’s entrance and the female can be found anywhere. Now that they are settled into the new tank I’ll try some major water changes in the next few days and see if that gets them in the spawning mood.

The male is at the cave entrance to the right and the female is hanging onto the sponge filter in back.

The male is at the cave entrance to the right and the female is hanging onto the sponge filter in back.

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3 Responses to “more baby Red Velvet Swordtails”

  1. babymamax3 January 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    I’ve been keeping fish for about 6 months now and have a lot of fish. none of them have ever had babies though… is there something special that needs to be done for it to happen. I have a lot of mollies and platys but im not sure of the sex. I have one male swordtail and plan on getting some more swordtails because I have heard they breed easily.

    • fishtanx2011 January 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

      If you have female Mollies and Platys I would bet they have had babies BUT you also have Kissing Gouramis and a Knifefish and they LOVE your baby fish. Even my momma Swords chase their own babies immediately after birth and try to gobble them up. If you put a fat female Molly in her own little tank for awhile she may have babies and not eat them. If you do that with a Platy or Swordtail just look for babies every day and then catch the mother and put her back in the main tank.

      • babymamax3 January 6, 2013 at 11:58 am #

        ok thanks for the advice. I just started a small tank with just mollies so maybe I will be seeing some babies soon.

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