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dal924 05-30-2010 03:48 PM

female swordail aggression
I just got 3 swordtails for my 20L. 1 male and 2 females. One male and one female are fine with each other but the black female, who is about .25-.5 inches larger than both other fish is chasing them every chance she gets. The male is painted(orange with black spots) and the female is solid orange. Any ideas why she(black) is being so aggressive? other tank mates are 2 bloodfin tetras and a clown pleco(who never leaves her cave during the day).

fryup 05-30-2010 03:52 PM

well you have just got them so there establishing terratory and who is boss.........and because 1 is bigger she wants to be should settle after a day or 2....i bought 2 swords last month (1 male and 1 female) and i had the same problem but it settled....(the female is boss hahahaha) and 2 days later she had 26 fry...:) .....can i askk do you know about breeding feeding and care for swordtails???...if you have any questions i willl try aswer them :):):)

dal924 05-30-2010 04:14 PM

Thanks for the quick reply fryup,

I really only know what I've read about swordtails on forums and websites. I am new to the hobby. I have a 20 Gallon(US) Long with 3 swords, 2 bloodfin tetras and a clown pleco. The tank is moderatly planted (Java moss, micro sword, amazon sword, small crypt, small anubias, and wisteria. There's also a large piece of driftwood for the pleco. Water temp is 78F I feed everybody TetraMin tropical crisps and algae wafers. The swords spend a lot of time swimming against the sides of the tank but other than the one female's aggression they seem pretty happy.

Thanks again for your help

fryup 05-30-2010 04:16 PM

yh thats sounds like you got a nice tank 4 them :)....good luck and like i say any questions just ask :):):)

ferszty 05-31-2010 01:11 AM

i got a double swordtail on the weekend it was the only 1 ther

fryup 05-31-2010 03:08 AM

pics PICS......iv never seen a double tailed 1 hahaha....i say a molly with like a cresent moon tail...that was pitty cool.......this was when i bought me swords :):):)

ferszty 06-01-2010 02:53 AM

sorry this site wont let me post any pics :(

ferszty 06-01-2010 02:55 AM

i also have a black and molly with a cresent moon tail. i lke my sailfin molly the best though

fryup 06-01-2010 03:59 AM

iv seen alll those types of molly but not the sword :):):)....i will have to look on line :):):)

ferszty 06-01-2010 05:45 AM

i found a way to put a pic on heres my double swordtail its hard getting a pic because its tail is clear. look at the shadow if u cant see the tail

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