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Old 08-10-2006, 12:00 AM   #1
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preggo swordtail

i got a swordtail a couple weeks ago and now shes pregnant. could i keep the fry in the communtiy tank or will they get eaten i dont wanna put her in a net becuz those are very stressful. what should i do??
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Old 08-10-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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Well, you have three options.

A) Put lots of material the babies can hide in into the tank, and hope they make it.
B) Put the mother in a breeder box or breeder net and remove her after the babies are born.
C) Set up a seperate breeding tank.
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Old 08-10-2006, 01:56 PM   #3
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Agreed, pretty much your only options.
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I've got a preggo swordtail too. I noticed the gravid spot this past Saturday. How long should I expect before first noticing the gravid spot until birth?

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When you can see black dots, the babies eyes, then you have a week or so to go.
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This is great, I think one of mine is expecting as well. When should I put her in a breeder box?
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Old 08-28-2006, 03:46 PM   #7
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Put her in the breeding box as close to her giving birth as you feel comfortable. Try not to put her in too soon as it does tend to stress them. When she starts to "square off" behind the anal fin, she will be about ready to give birth. The body will look more angled rather than a smooth flowing figure.
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Okay, I'll let you know how it goes. By the way, how long is the gestation period?
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Old 08-29-2006, 12:17 PM   #9
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About 2 weeks.
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Still waiting, I'll let you know when I get offspring!
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I think I told you wrong, its closer to 4 to 6 weeks gestation period. Sorry bout that.
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