Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-04-2022, 07:30 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Jerilynne5903's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2022
Location: Arvada CO
Posts: 14
All female swordtails

I bought 2 pregnant females and I had one male Swordtail in a 55 gal. I just moved over 10 baby swords ranging from 6 ish weeks to 2 ish weeks and it would appear they are all female, thus far that I can identify. Can I house all female swordtails as adults with out any problems? Why am I not getting any male baby fry? Can I house all male swordtails should I get any? Suggestions.

I also moved my male sword to another tank bcuz i do not want a 1000 swordtails and he wouldn't leave my 2 pregnant females alone. He glass surfed in the new tank for 2 days then he jumped out! I noticed he wasnt in the tank this morning and luckily I found him and I decided to put him back in the big tank and he started swimming! He appears to be ok, but not quite the same Pete, I know. Not sure how long he was out of the tank but he is eating and not glass surfing. That's a plus. Not sure what to do.

__________________
Jerilynne5903 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2022, 03:58 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Andy Sager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lake Wales, Florida
Posts: 6,270
Welcome to parenthood. lol
Here's a few things you need to know about swordtails:
* Swordtails ( as well as other livebearers) can hold sperm for some time so just because the male is not there does not mean your females won't have more fry.
* The gender of your fry can be determined by the temperature of the water so while it is possible to have all ( or mostly) one gender, it's not usual unless done deliberately.
* All swordtail fry ( as with all livebearers) appear to be females until they become sexually mature. This doesn't happen until approx 3 months of age +/-. At that point the male's anal fin will roll up and become the gonodpodium. Here's the thing with swordtails, males can hold back maturing. The first one to mature tends to hold the other males back from maturing so if you want to have more sword carrying males, you'll want to remove any males that mature until others step up.
* A tank full of female swordtails will fare better than a tank full of males. The males have a tendency to fight amongst themselves, worse if there are females present. In a mixed tank, you'll want to keep the ratio as 1 male for every 2-3 females.

I hope this helps
__________________
Andy Sager is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
female, male, sword, swordtail, swordtails, tail

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Will adding Female Platy help to reduce aggression in Swordtails? glorifiedfisher Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 06-24-2014 07:52 AM
All male swordtails? BlaseMrNiceguy Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 05-02-2012 09:03 PM
Dead female swordtails elwillis1016 Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 3 05-18-2011 09:44 AM
2 Male & 2 Female Swordtails, considering moving a male. Minawri Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 02-28-2011 09:52 PM
female swordtails keep dying Misheru Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 7 07-08-2009 09:22 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.