how to tell if my female sword is gravid

Discussion in 'Swordtails' started by dlewin, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. dlewinValued MemberMember

    This is my female scarlet the male died some time ago. But she seems to be getting fatter. She is in a 30 gallon tank with a male and female platy. Could the male platy have gotten her pregnant.

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  2. bass masterWell Known MemberMember

    Platys and swordtails are able to cross breed but livebearer females are also able to store sperm for months after one single mating, so really it is possible that it could be a cross or a pure swordtail. Looks to me like she could be pregnant, I guess youll just have to wait and see :)
     
  3. dlewinValued MemberMember

    ok she is acting funny I put food in and shes not eating it and she looks like she is panting. I am going to go ahead and put her in the net.
     
  4. bass masterWell Known MemberMember

    u might want to check your water to make sure thats not ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate making her pant, just kinda a precaution, but otherwise good luck with the new fry :)
     
  5. dlewinValued MemberMember

    she was gravid. She had 9 fry on May 13 they are play sword crosses.
     
  6. bass masterWell Known MemberMember

    congrats on the fry! youll have to post pictures if you decide to raise them ;)

    I havent gotten any platy/sword crosses yet, my male sword seems a bit.... "lazy" :rolleyes:
     
  7. JRDroidWell Known MemberMember

    How can you tell at such a young age that they are crosses?
     
  8. dlewinValued MemberMember

    some look like platys and some look like the mother. in the tank I got her all the swords were the same color. orange with the black tips the male platy was pure orange. I have some pictures of the fry they are with the feeder guppies.

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    Last edited: Jun 4, 2010
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