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Old 06-05-2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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Pregnant swordtail

I have a pregnant swordtail, and tonight she's swimming quite franticly nose down towards the substrate! Is this normal or does anybody know wt this means?
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:52 PM   #2
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Are you sure she's prego? That sounds more like swim bladder, but I'm not a breeding expert.
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I'm 95% sure she's preggers she's huge and she's got quite a dark stomach area, she had fry around 6 weeks ago as well and I know swordtails can reproduce from the same sperm she was initially pregnant with. Can it still b swim bladder if she's pregnant if so how can I treat her?
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:02 PM   #4
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I'm 95% sure she's preggers she's huge and she's got quite a dark stomach area, she had fry around 6 weeks ago as well and I know swordtails can reproduce from the same sperm she was initially pregnant with. Can it still b swim bladder if she's pregnant if so how can I treat her?
Do you have a pic of her?
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Il try n get 1 now sorry I'm not the best photographer, she seems to of calmed a little but it's still concerning me
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Definitely prego. For grins, what are you feeding her?
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I try to mix it up today she had frozen blood worms, 2days ago she had cucumber, 2 days befor that she had tropical fish flakes befor that frozen daphnia, I tend to mix up quite a bit like that they often nibble on algea pellets I drop in for my pleco as well
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All frozen... Never freeze-dried? Good for you! What type of flake?
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It's called aquarian tropical flake food, i think by a company called waltham, not sure if its a uk based company or not. yeh I tend to use frozen as my lfs is pretty close by and they hav a huge chest top freezer full of frozen food
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Here's a pic of her swimming down, so do u still think it could b swim bladder?
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It's either swim bladder or she's about to give birth. I really need someone else's opinion on this. How long has she been presumed prego?
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Here's a pic of her swimming down, so do u still think it could b swim bladder?
I have had two batches of fry and the lady did swim around erratically but that was with the male hot on her trail...I guess looking for a snack.

You might look closely at the gravel and may see tiny grey ones swimming in the depressions.
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Mine did that before she gave birth. It's just a sign of stress.
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Ah right, well I think she's had the fry she seems a lot slimmer and not too stressed out anymore, I'm yet to see any fry although iv only ever seen 1 fry in 2 years of keeping swordtails my other fishes jus start to lick there lips at the thought of their next meal :-S thanks for the help tho guys
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