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Swordtail Breeding

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I'v had some swordtails for sometime now, one male and one female. Earlier this week, monday or tues; one of the females had babies. I seperated them and then noticed the other female was looking swelled. Not wanting to miss the fry I seperated her. Well after several days her stomach went down and I released her last night to the main tank. Now today it looks like the original female is pregnant again. She doesnt have the dark spot yet but she is definitly swelled and it isnt from overfeeding?

How can this be? Can they really be reproducing that fast? Everything is spawning in that tank right now. My Tetras, my Swordtails and my Mollys are all breeding.

Thanks for any input.

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gestation is around 28 days so they wouldnt get pregnant and give birth that quickly also the female you separated was there hiding places for the fry where you seperated her as large females will eat there fry if they think they are food what do you feed them ?? hope this helps

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I moved some live plants into the breeding net with the mom and in the tank that was already holding fry. Im feeding crushed Tropical Min and Cyclop-eeze. I actually made a video for youtube but I dont have it up yet. The cyclop-eeze is a great source of omega 3's and has 60% protein and 31% fat. Its also a great color enhancer.


I am going to start a culture of infusoria and BBS today since it appears I am going to try to raise some neons too. However with the swords none of this work is necessary givin a balanced dry diet that is small enough for them to eat.

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i breed swords their staple both brineshrimp and crushed dry food remember you want the fry to keep a sleak profile not fat little blobs lol

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Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
1 Royal Python ''Neptune''
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Most definitly the cyclop-eeze can only be 20% of your feed. The tetra min is the balanced diet the cyclop-eeze is a supplement feed. I knew and met alot of breeders when I was a sales rep in the industry and thats where I learned all about cyclop-eeze. It was on my price sheet and people wanted it. Everywhere I went They ranted and raved about everything it could do.

To list a few.
Help get sick fish well
Make picky fish eat
Get newly shipped fish to eat after being stressed
Helps get hard to breed fish to breed
Helps enhance color in fish

If you havent tried it I suggest you look it up.

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i have tried it but have better results with bbs and crushed flake expecting another drop of swords today actually gd luck with yours

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Thanks, you too!!!

Post pics of yours parents and fry. Ill try to do the same. Maybe we can do a dry run live bbs/ crushed flake vs crushed cyclo/flake. Id like to see how the grow and get color but I guess it would depend waht species you have. I have what I think are velvet red wag swordtails.

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i have red swordtail male with a black sword on the caudal and 1 two tone orange and white female and one black specaled female i will be starting a thread when they are born

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Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
1 Royal Python ''Neptune''
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