Swordtail is a popular Aquarium fish, easy to maintain & being a hardy fish has earned Swordtail a place in the hobby as a Prime Option for a Beginner. Like any other pet learning about Swordtail fish would make it easier to take care of them.
Firstly, understanding the Behavior & their natural habitat is important, so that their natural habitat can be mimicked in an Aquarium set-up. Natural range of Swordtail fish is found in North & Central America including Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala. Swordtails natural habitat's include Fresh & Brackish water, heavily vegetated flowing water bodies like rivers & streams, they are also found in pools, canals & warm springs. While there are a lot of Naturally occurring types of Swordtail Fish, one of them is the Green Swordtail (Xiphophorus hellerii) they are olive green in color & the sword is yellow with black edge. The common name "Swordtail" is used due to the Males elongated Caudal fin which looks like a sword. Selective Breeding has offered various colors & shapes of Swordtail fish to the Aquarium hobby, some common types of Swordtail fish are Lyretail, Tuxedo, Koi,Golden, Black, Neon etc. Swordtail Fish demand less maintenance compared to most fish in Ornamental Fish Keeping Hobby.