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Old 07-02-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Saved a Swordtail

Hello! I've never kept a swordtail before, so here is the back story.
I was looking in a pet store and wandered over to the fish for sale. Of course there were "feeders" for sale at $2 each, all of them were Livebearers, at the back of the tank amongst the platties and guppies I saw a long tail, low and behold a swordtail! And he looked healthy, alert yet nervous - I couldn't help myself, I couldn't imagine the little guy being fed to a fish who wouldn't be able to deliver a swift death (he was obviously the longest fish in the tank so if he was fed to a medium sized fish it wouldn't be a pleasant way to go&hellip
He looked like a wild green swordtail except with blue rather then yellow undertones to his green sword.

There was only female swordtails available for sale under the title "swordtails" at $7 each so I didn't get any others because I was with my bf so I was going to buy it for his tank; my bf is very intelligent, has animal experience (both his parents are veterinarians), however he is a novice fish keeper (so I didn't want him to have to deal with fry) in the tropical department, (he has kept telescope type goldfish when growing up and recently I've given him a very young betta splendens which he is very good at caring for).
We are growing out the juvenile betta in a 20+L tank then we'll move it to a community tank.

The swordtail doesn't seem interested in schooling and is living with a female betta in a 34L long at my bf's place - they both get along and neither shows aggression to each other (the female betta is a really good girl).

I know that it was an impulse buy but now that I've got him can anyone give me any tips?
I've heard that nippy fish are a no no. How do you think Endler Livebearers would go with a swordtail?
Are there any good plants for swordtails?
How can I persuade him to feed?
Are there any big no no's that I may not know about?

I know he isn't in an ideal environment at the moment and my bf and I would love to give him a healthy home to live.

ps I'm sorry if I've posted in the wrong place.

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Old 07-02-2013, 11:06 PM   #2
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He'll be fine. Actually the males only really show aggression to other males, including male platies.

I raise green swordtails and sell them occasionally.

Here's my guy:

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Also my swords aren't picky eaters. They eat flake, algae wafers, freeze dried bloodworm, live mosquito larvae and brine shrimp.

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Old 07-02-2013, 11:10 PM   #3
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Glad to hear you saved him! He shouldn't do bad, and is likely nervous at being in a new setting. He will likely show an interest in food after a few days.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:03 AM   #4
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Wild swordtails are beautiful but under appreciated. It's great that you rescued him.
Rule number one: Always research a fish before you buy it.

Rule number two: Always cycle your tank.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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Thank you! I think wild swordtails are so pretty. He seems to be doing better. His interactions with the betta are funny xP
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