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

Taritus

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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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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.
 

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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?
 

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

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