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Old 06-03-2014, 01:05 PM   #1
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Is my swordtail pregnant?

I've never had swordtails before and it seems like my females are getting very big, especially the one in the picture. Is it possible she's pregnant?

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Old 06-03-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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Yes she looks preggo
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:07 PM   #3
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Do you know how long until she'd have her fry? I want to try and keep them and raise them.
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I'm not sure how long but a couple weeks is probably the minimum
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:55 PM   #5
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She is early in pregnancy
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Among all live bearers I think swordtails are most likely to eat their fry. Make sure you plan ahead to prevent this from happening or to reduce it. A crazy mom can easily consume all 50 of her fry. Even when well fed with live adult brine shrimp food swimming in her densely planted tank, a crazy mom will go out of her way to maim and kill every single one of her young.

That fish in your picture will probably give birth in about 2 weeks from date of photo, give or take 5 days.

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I bought a breeding box and I've been keeping a careful eye on her. She doesn't look too much different (no dark spot on her belly, or - from what I can tell - box-ish shape) but she is hiding a lot more. She likes to float near the bottom by the back, behind a piece of wood. It's been three days since the picture was taken.
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She is either ready to give birth soon or is sick, based on that behavior. If her fins are not clamped then she is probably not sick.

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I don't think she clamps her fins. She spends a lot of her time with the other fish swimming near the front and is eating well but then sometimes I'm like 'where's my other fish?' and she's just floating at the back. It always seems when I see her back there she swims back to the front a moment later.

I took some pictures of her today as best I could. (apologies, they're with my phone again)
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OK then she is getting ready to give birth. Read the reviews of breeding boxes in amazon. It will give you an idea of various scenarios and what to expect. Breeding boxes are stressful to the mom but sometimes there is no alternative unless you are able to get another tank and can stock it full of plants, which for swordtails may not be an adequate deterrent for cannibalism.

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