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Old 10-08-2012, 06:40 PM   #1
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Black Skirt Tetras

Hey guys! Anyone know how to sex these guys? My wife noticed one of them becoming fat, and it's real noticeable. It's acting an eating normal, even chasing the others around like normal. Just want to know if I have a pregnant one on my hands. Thanks for any help!
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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Here are some pics, hopefully quality is good enough:

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Second pic has it looking straight at the camera. You can see how bloated looking it is. Please excuse the swordtail, he always comes to the glass when I'm there! Haha
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:10 AM   #3
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Could be she is carrying eggs. They will scatter eggs.
I found eggs on the glass in my tank. The next time I put in a divider in front of the glass and the eggs were scattered there. I took them out and put them in another tank.. This morning I think I saw a very tiny one swimming. They are much smaller than baby guppies. The eggs were just laid Saturday and I have heard it can take 24 hours to 4-5 days for them to hatch. Mine look like it is taking 2-3 days to hatch.

The bad part is when they lay eggs they will go back and eat the eggs; they will also eat the babies when they hatch. If you have someplace you can put the eggs when they lay them do it.

I don't know if mine are black skirt long fin or white skirt long fin or red skit long fin tetras... I have all 3 kinds in the tank.

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Old 10-09-2012, 10:36 AM   #4
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Thanks for this info! I am convinced this fish is a she, and will be laying eggs. Unfortunately, I do not have anywhere to put them, so I'm probably going to lose them. Besides the black skirts themselves, I'm sure the cories and whisker shrimp will feast on them.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:42 AM   #5
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Hey keep us updated on this. I'm wanting to know more about black skirts and their breeding. my mom has three in her tetra tank, one day we saw a fourth and very smaller one. I'm sure there were more eggs scattered in the tank, so that was a big surprise lol
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:37 AM   #6
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I will! Not sure how successful I will be considering I have snails, cories and whisker shrimp, so the eggs will probably get gobbled up. I only have but 2 or 3 hours a day during the week because of work to really pay attention, so I'm guessing I'll miss the drop.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:19 AM   #7
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This is a community also, that's why I'm happy this one survived. I still don't know which ones did the mating because there are three black skirts in there lol
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:23 AM   #8
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I'm hoping I get lucky. I brought home 2 female guppies the other day for my 2 male livebearers that have been harassing a female (didn't realize I had one), and one dropped fry in the bag! I have a breeder net hanging in the tank with 9 babies right now, and the community is hanging out around the net dying to get at the little ones. This doesn't make me feel too optimistic.....hahaha
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:51 AM   #9
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Keep us posted I have 10, black skirts in my tank and live them@
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:33 PM   #10
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They are awesome, I have to say. I have an electric green one in there as well, cuz the wife wanted one. He fits right in and schools with the others. He started out real aggressive, almost brought him back because he was pissing me off. But he settled in and is part of the team.
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