30 Gallon Tank Swordtail Pregnant?

LilFrutilla
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Hi there! This is my first ever post on a fish forum website. I’ve been meaning to make one for a while about multiple topics and discussions, but have been busy with work and other hobbies.
However, recently I’ve noticed my female Swordtail seems to be bigger and her gravid spot is getting darker each day. I’m not sure if she is pregnant. She’s not hiding or doing any signs that would indicate she’s ready to give birth... But that does not mean she couldn’t be close. I have an area prepared in case I need to separate her immediately. Please, if she is pregnant, give me some tips!
(Apologies if the pictures are a bit blurry. Fish can be hard to photograph!)

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If she isn’t pregnant may I please know what else this could be? Perhaps constipation?
 
Betta'sAnonymous
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Looks preggo to me. A lot of livebearers start getting a "boxy" look to their bellies when they are getting close. Not sure with swordtails.
 
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LilFrutilla
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Betta'sAnonymous said:
Looks preggo to me. A lot of livebearers start getting a "boxy" look to their bellies when they are getting close. Not sure with swordtails.
Thank you for the advice!
 
Kathylee
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Look for the Livebearer pregnancy trade mark, the "boxy" shape. Here is an example of my molly. This was about 6 hours before dropping fry.
Sometimes they can just over eat & look tubby.

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LilFrutilla
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Kathylee said:
Look for the Livebearer pregnancy trade mark, the "boxy" shape. Here is an example of my molly. This was about 6 hours before dropping fry.
Sometimes they can just over eat & look tubby.

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Oh my gosh she’s literally a box lol. Okay! I’ll keep an eye out for that. Thanks
 
Kathylee
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LilFrutilla said:
Oh my gosh she’s literally a box lol. Okay! I’ll keep an eye out for that. Thanks
There are behavioral ticks too. Like hiding, or bottom sitting when close to dropping fry sometimes aggression. Yes my molly gets huge! Haha that was her 4th time. She drops anywhere from 20-40 fry almost once a month!
 
Ir3land
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Glad someone likes female swordtails too :). One tip I can give that I’ve heard is that most female livebearers are usually pregnant when you don’t even know. They can store sperm for months and decide when they want to be pregnant! Pretty crazy in my opinion.
 
Fishboy32
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she is very preggo
 

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