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MattyP
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PostPosted: 2007.01.01(Mon)0:40    Post subject: swordtail question Reply with quote

OK I have 2 red swordtails (a male and a female).will the female be alright by her-self with the male for now? or would I have to go get another female.

I was just wondering because all the places that talk about swordtails say that it is perfered to keep a 2:1 ratio, the females outnumbering the males.

thanks
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Flame Angel
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PostPosted: 2007.01.01(Mon)4:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

What size are they? And how big is the tank? Also, it might help if it is heavily plated. Is the male chasing and attacking the female?
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DF Bobo
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PostPosted: 2007.01.01(Mon)7:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

usually they are kept in that ratio so the may divides his time between the 2 females and is not constantly bickering one to breed. like flame_angel11 said, it would work if you kept a 1:1 ration in a large, heavily planted tank with lots of hiding places.
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MattyP
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PostPosted: 2007.01.01(Mon)13:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

they bith are about 2 inches long and I just added a bunch of plants to my tank which is a 10g.
At first the male always bothered her, now he really doesn't but they both swim together around the tank.
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Sammie7
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PostPosted: 2007.01.04(Thu)11:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to make sure, you do know that swordtails get to be about 4-5 inches? That's too big for a 10 gallon. Perhaps you were planning on moving them later? http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_sword.php
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MattyP
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PostPosted: 2007.01.04(Thu)20:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sammie7 wrote:
Just to make sure, you do know that swordtails get to be about 4-5 inches? That's too big for a 10 gallon. Perhaps you were planning on moving them later? http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_sword.php


yes I know that they grow to be that big. I do plan to move them in about 2-3 weeks when I save enough money for either a 20 or 29 gln tank.
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PeterIreland
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PostPosted: 2007.01.05(Fri)3:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swordtails rarely attain that size.

I would add an extra female to share the attention of the male. I used to keep them and breed them years ago, I used a ratio of 4:1.
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Bob
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PostPosted: 2007.01.05(Fri)5:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Swordtails rarely attain that size.


Hello Peter, most of the Swordtails we have are that size. If you give a fish enough room, and plenty of water changes, it should have every chance of reaching it's full growth potential.

If it doesn't then it hasn't grown properly. There is a name for this, it's called stunting. Many years ago when I started fishkeeping most people didn't worry about stunting fish, but nowadays it's not counted as good fishkeeping.

Bob
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PeterIreland
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PostPosted: 2007.01.05(Fri)6:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bob,

Are you including the caudal fin in that measurement or is it the body itself.

Just curious, I've honestly never seen a swordtail even close to that length.

Peter.
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Bob
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PostPosted: 2007.01.05(Fri)8:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am working on body, female Swordtails can get surprisingly large. Males seem to stop growing or grow less, once they develop the tail, so we have males of various sizes from 2 inches to nearer 3 1/2, but they really need more room than a 10 gallon.

Just been down to my boys tank (Where the Swordtails are), one of his males, including its tail, is nearly as long as a full grown Firemouth Cichlid (Easily six inches).

Bob

PS for the record our Swordtails are all home bred, and in a 30 gallon tank with a Firemouth and Bronze Corys.
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