how to tell if my female sword is gravid

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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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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 you'll just have to wait and see
 
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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.
 

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u might want to check your water to make sure that's not ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate making her pant, just kinda a precaution, but otherwise good luck with the new fry
 
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she was gravid. She had 9 fry on May 13 they are play sword crosses.
 

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congrats on the fry! you'll have to post pictures if you decide to raise them

I haven't gotten any platy/sword crosses yet, my male sword seems a bit.... "lazy"
 

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How can you tell at such a young age that they are crosses?
 
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Monmouth said:
How can you tell at such a young age that they are crosses?
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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