Alright so I totally scored about 25 swordtail's today.
However, I have stipulations which I will abide by. lol...
The lot is that of fully mature females/males, with young that range in age. The original owner had started with 4 and it increased to nearly 50, so he gave me half.
My stipulations are that I give them away to those who couldn't afford fish.
SO here's what I'm thinking... I setup a 15 gal tank, remember atleast 16 of the 25 I have are not full grown yet nor are they even 1 inch... Yeah i know it's over populated, but no worries, My 100 gal is not over pop and will take the overflow once quarantine time is over.
So here is my thought, get in touch with families who can't afford them, via say Habitat for Humanity.... I'm a volunteer so it wouldn't be hard. Find someone who will donate a tank setup or partial setups and I mix and match to get it working.
Once I have the swordtails breeding and popping out young ones, I'll start giving them away. In turn creating a nice cycle of free fish to supply people with.
However I have a drawback... I'm not the best when it comes to knowledge on sword tails. So if you know something i should know, when it comes to them, please let me know. I am aware they can 'jump' out of the tank... so I'm working on fixing that issue.
Oh yeah before I forget, the tank they are in has java moss (the owner provided a decent yield for me)... and he supplied one other kind of plant, young and small... dunno what it is right now, to small for me to tell. However I did plant some of my own plants in the tank about a week ago to help keep it balanced.
Anyways all thoughts are appreciated. oh and water levels and what not are at normal range for swordtails, already checked through all that.