Female swordtail wants nothing to do with other fish including male swordtail

Discussion in 'Swordtails' started by Taritus, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. TaritusValued MemberMember

    Hello all
    So recently I got a female swordstail to keep my male One company but she wants nothing to do with him or the other fish
    She usually swims away as amigo Ag approaches her and hides close to ground
    Wondering if it's normal , if it's because she's new to tank , or something may be wrong ?
    All help is welcome thanks :)
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  2. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    That's a Platy, not a Swordtail. They can interbreed but usually don't.

  3. TaritusValued MemberMember

    What so confused it was in a swordtail only tank

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  4. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    Not a Sword, but not really a Platy, either. Looks like a hifin variatus, which is often referred to as a Platy. However, it is more elongate than a maculatus Platy, resembling a Swordtail in body shape.
  5. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, it has the standard variatus shape, and scale texture and striping on the side. Variatus is every bit as much a Platy as maculatus?
  6. TaritusValued MemberMember

    So are you saying its a hybrid ?

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  7. Lisa Schuster AltmillerValued MemberMember

    Her behavior is normal, in my opinion. It often takes my platys, swordtails and other fish a while to "warm up" to the tank and to the other fish.

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  8. aquaman86Valued MemberMember

    Ask the LFS for a felmale swordtail. None of my platys ever mated with my swords but, nothing's impossible.

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  9. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    Pretty much all domestic Platy strains/colours are hybrids anyway. Most are genetically a mix of maculatus and variatus, with swordtail in there too...
  10. TaritusValued MemberMember

    Well I suppose it doesn't matter now due to her near death this morning
    When I looked at her half of her face was a odd shade as if it was rotting
    I just got her yesterday so I probably should have inspected her better

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  11. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    The term "Platy" is often applied to any Xiphophorus species that does not grow a sword on the caudal fin, but most commercial sources specify Variatus on those few strains that are primarily that species

    Most of the domestic lines have some genes from other species in them. However, domestic lines were back-crossed to retain the body shape of each, according to what they were trying to produce. I believe it is best to specify which species is dominant in a line, whether maculatus, helleri, or variatus. X. variatus actually was rarely used for hybridization.

    To go back to the OP's original question: most female livebearers don't like that much attention from the males. By keeping extra females, he can spread his love to other girls before they tire of his affections.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2015

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