Neon swordtails are the knights of your fish tank
The neon swordtail is aptly named for its exciting electric coloration. It is a beautiful color variety of the Xiphophorus helleriSwordtail that boasts brilliant, neon-colored bands across the length of its body. Like a living prism, the neon swordtail exudes a rainbow of rich, iridescence that accentuates the movements of this active fish.
Fun things to know
- The male swordtail has flowing, feathered fins with a distinct extension on the lower part of the tail, resembling a sword.
- Neon Swordtails, like other Swordtails, are known to be jumpers so it is important to provide an adequate cover over the aquarium.
They are livebearers: their baby fish come out free swimming from their moms! The swordtail is a prolific breeder and a female will give birth about once every 28 days. This fish is perhaps the quintessential community aquarium fish. The time-tested popularity of the Swordtail can be attributed to its ease of care, peaceful temperament, and wonderfully diverse fin and color varieties. The most common Swordtail varieties include:
- Red Wag,
- Red Velvet,
- Black Nubian, and
- Pineapple Swordtail.
Compatibility to other fish
Neon swordtail are an easy species to keep within the home aquarium environment, as they can tolerate a wide range of water conditions. neon swordtail will also co-exist peacefully with most species of tropical freshwater fish available within the hobby, and will also do fine in pairs or groups. Some hobbyists have reported problems with aggression among male swordtails when keeping multiples. It may be a good idea to limit the number of male swordtails in your tank. A good mix may be three females to one male.