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post #1 of 8 Old 07-14-2014, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Help! My swordtails aren't breeding

I have two male swordtails and three female swordtails and they just seem to ignore each other.
The temperature is 24'c and the water is filtered.
I also have guppies in the tank and they seem to be doing fine and are breeding well.
Any suggest on what I can do to make them breed?
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-14-2014, 09:35 PM
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Some people can breed them with no trouble, other times not. Platies and swordtails can actually be difficult. Mine didn't start breding until I put them in a planted 55 gallon tank with mollies and platies. The mollies were often breeding and popping babies, and so the other fish would often chase them and eat them if allowed to give birth in there...and enticing them to breed during the chase if girls join in. If your guppies are popping in there, that should be helping. lol

Slowly turn the temp up to 78-80 degrees. 80 is on the high end, so 78-79 would be good. Do it slow like the seasons changing over the course of a week or so.

You should only have one male per three females. Often the males will "Stick together" making sure the others don't go near the females. It can also lead to aggression among them. I would let go of one male, or get a couple more females.

Try feeding them live food if you can get it(blackworms, brine shrimp and the like), and food they have to work a bit for like algae wafers(just pieces at a time). Often when my girls are picking at the food, the males will try to mate with them. Live food, food they have to chase, often entices the males to chase and to breed.


Is your tank big enough for them(30+ gallons)? If space is not up to their standards, they often wont breed, and even if the males DO mate, females often wont drop or fertilize eggs. They get big, like territory and lot's of room to swim, so 30 gallons is a minimum recommendation for 3-5 swordtails, extra five gallons per or so.

Make sure they get enough to eat, food being more available means they have room for more hungry tummies.

Also make sure the water is nice and clean. Don't over-clean, just do a tad more than usual(30% once a week recommended, extra five percent or so if you want to help entice them to breed).



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Some people can breed them with no trouble, other times not. Platies and swordtails can actually be difficult. Mine didn't start breding until I put them in a planted 55 gallon tank with mollies and platies. The mollies were often breeding and popping babies, and so the other fish would often chase them and eat them if allowed to give birth in there...and enticing them to breed during the chase if girls join in. If your guppies are popping in there, that should be helping. lol

Slowly turn the temp up to 78-80 degrees. 80 is on the high end, so 78-79 would be good. Do it slow like the seasons changing over the course of a week or so.

You should only have one male per three females. Often the males will "Stick together" making sure the others don't go near the females. It can also lead to aggression among them. I would let go of one male, or get a couple more females.

Try feeding them live food if you can get it(blackworms, brine shrimp and the like), and food they have to work a bit for like algae wafers(just pieces at a time). Often when my girls are picking at the food, the males will try to mate with them. Live food, food they have to chase, often entices the males to chase and to breed.


Is your tank big enough for them(30+ gallons)? If space is not up to their standards, they often wont breed, and even if the males DO mate, females often wont drop or fertilize eggs. They get big, like territory and lot's of room to swim, so 30 gallons is a minimum recommendation for 3-5 swordtails, extra five gallons per or so.

Make sure they get enough to eat, food being more available means they have room for more hungry tummies.

Also make sure the water is nice and clean. Don't over-clean, just do a tad more than usual(30% once a week recommended, extra five percent or so if you want to help entice them to breed).
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Thanks
I hope it works
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-16-2014, 06:06 PM
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I add a little salt to the water and more floating cover to the tank. Iraise the temp as suggested.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-17-2014, 09:01 PM
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I wish I could get mine to STOP breeding! :/

Good luck. :)
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I wish I could get mine to STOP breeding! :/

Good luck. :)

Mine breed pretty well, but not as much as I'd like, nor did they ever breed as much as most livebearers do(same with my platies). But then...they used to a lot when I had more girls. Unfortunately my oldest two females recently passed away, and about two months ago my previous older girl died. I have one year and a half old female doing all the work now, poor girl. lol She gives me gorgeous babies though, recently popped, but she has smaller broods than more mature females do.



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